MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Shenandoah University baseball team enters the 2015 season ranked among the nation's elite in preseason poll results announced Wednesday by D3baseball.com.
Shenandoah, coming off of a 33-11 season that saw the Hornets advance to the NCAA Playoffs for the fifth time in the past six seasons, is the No. 17 in the D3baseball.com preseason poll.
SU finished last year ranked 16th by D3baseball.com.
Coach Kevin Anderson's club returns starters at every field position as well as designated hitter. The returning pitchers are responsible for 23 of the squad's 33 victories and eight of nine saves last spring.
Defending national champion UW-Whitewater tops the preseason poll with 22 first place votes and 620 points while Shenandoah has 226 points to come in nine points behind No. 16 Trinity (Texas).