ESU picked #1 in MIAA preseason poll

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Emporia State Hornets were picked #1 in the preseason coaches poll on Wednesday.

The Hornets won the 2017 MIAA regular season championship, and will be returning five position players and two of three weekend starting pitchers from 2017.

This is the first time since 2015 that the Hornets have been selected for the top spot.

The Washburn Ichabods were picked at tied for 9th in the league.

Rank Team (First-Place votes) Pts
1. Emporia State (11) 143
2. Central Missouri (1) 120
3. Central Oklahoma 118
4. Lindenwood 114
5. Missouri Western (1) 104
6. Pittsburg State 94
7. Missouri Southern 81
8. Southwest Baptist 57
T9. Northwest Missouri 47
T9. Washburn 47
11. Northeastern State 42
12. Nebraska-Kearney 31
13. Fort Hays State 16