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Concord Baseball Receives Vote in Preseason Poll

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The Concord University baseball team received one vote in the 2013 College Baseball Newspaper preseason poll. The Mountain Lions, which finished the 2012 season 26-27 overall and finished third in the WVIAC-South, returns six starters in the field and eight pitchers in 2013.

Five of Concord's opponents in 2013 also received votes in the poll. Conference rival Seton Hill (46-11 in 2012) will start the year ranked 27th in the nation with Armstrong Atlantic (41-16) slotted 38th. Concord opens its season with three games against Armstrong Atlantic and will play a three-game series vs. Seton Hill at home March 9-10.

2013 non-conference opponents Shippensburg (23-28), King College (30-20) and Winston-Salem State (25-11, CIAA champions) all received votes in the poll as well. CU plays Winston-Salem Feb. 17 in King, N.C. as part of the CIAA-WVIAC Challenge before hosting Shippensburg for three games March 2-3, and traveling to King College for one game on April 3.

2012 National Champions West Chester (46-10) was tabbed as the No. 1 team in the nation followed in the top-five by Delta State (49-15), Mount Olive (44-10), Central Missouri (48-9) and St. Mary's (Texas) (49-11).

Head coach Andrew Wright returns for his third season as Concord's head coach in 2013. Leading his returners will be three Mountain Lions who were named "Players to Watch in 2013" by D2BaseballNews.com in junior outfielder Bret Blevins, sophomore infielder Ryan Johnston and senior infielder Josh Wenger.