TUCSON, Ariz. - Shenandoah University is the pre-season No. 20 team in Division III in poll results released Tuesday by Collegiate Baseball.
The Hornets, who won 33 games last season on their way to the No. 1 seed at both the ODAC Tournament and Demorest Regional, return seven position players, the designated hitter, three of the top four starters and the closer off of the 2014 squad.
Shenandoah has 220 points in the Collegiate Baseball pre-season poll to come in two points in front of Tufts (Massachuetts) and four points behind Birmingham-Southern.
SU eliminated B-SC from the Demorest Regional with a round two, 5-4 11-inning victory.
Defending champion Wisconsin-Whitewater is the pre-season pick to win it all again in 2015. The Warhawks have 273 points to earn the top spot by three points over Emory (Georgia.).
Shenandoah opens its 2015 season on February 14 with a non-league doubleheader against Misericordia.
Misericordia is one of three teams on the Hornets schedule this spring that appears in the Collegiate Baseball pre-season poll.