Mac 7th, Bethany 8th in KCAC baseball poll

By Steve Sell
January 17, 2018

Oklahoma Wesleyan was the clear-cut choice by KCAC baseball coaches to win the conference title this season.

The Eagles were the unanimous pick to win the title in a vote of coaches announced today. They won the conference last year with a 22-6 record and were 50-9 overall, advancing to the NAIA World Series, where they lost both of their games.

They are ranked No. 9 in the national preseason poll.

Longtime KCAC power Tabor was picked second. Friends was third.

McPherson College’s Bulldogs were picked seventh, one spot ahead of Bethany.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 24-30 season, 12-14 in the KCAC. They had gone 20-35 the previous year, but 8-44 in 2015. Bryan Moses led Mac to a school record for wins last year in his first season at the helm and has bulked up the Bulldog roster this year with a strong recruiting class to join a good group of holdovers.

Former McPherson High standout Jeremy Kennedy is the new coach at Bethany. The Swedes were 6-20 in the KCAC, 22-32 overall.

The poll:

1. Oklahoma Wesleyan, 72

2. Tabor, 63

3. Friends, 49

4. York, 44

5. Sterling, 42

6. Kansas Wesleyan, 18

7. McPherson College, 17

8. Bethany, 6

9. Ottawa, 5

10. Southwestern, 4

11. Saint Mary, 1

• Note — Bethel does not have baseball.