VSU Baseball Picked to Finish Sixth in GSC Preseason Poll

| January 21, 2016
source: VStateBlazers.com

source: VStateBlazers.com

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Valdosta State was picked to finish sixth in the Gulf South Conference this season in a preseason poll conducted amongst the league coaches, as announced by the GSC Office Wednesday.

The Blazers received 58 points in the poll, including one vote at third and fourth place, three fifth place votes, and five votes for sixth.

West Alabama topped the poll as the defending 2015 GSC Champions, edging out West Florida’s 87 points with 89 points on four first place votes, two second place votes, three third place votes, and one nod for the fourth place position. Delta State picked up two votes for first place and four for second place to finish third in the poll with 81 points, while Alabama-Huntsville and West Georgia claimed the fourth and fifth positions with 72 and 59 points, respectively. In seventh place, behind Valdosta State, Lee garnered 55 points, followed by North Alabama with 47 points. Union, Shorter and Christian Brothers rounded out the poll in the bottom three positions after earning 24, 19, and 14 points, respectively.

Two Blazers were also named to the Preseason All-Gulf South Conference team, as third baseman Michael Gouge joined pitcher Mitchell Cody on the list of preseason honorees. Both Gouge and Cody return in 2016 and enter the upcoming campaign aiming to build on 2015 seasons in which both student-athletes scored All-GSC and All-South Region honors.

Valdosta State’s 2016 preseason schedule is currently underway, as the Blazers prepare for the fast-approaching start of the upcoming campaign. The Blazers will open up their season on the road on January 30 in Dahlonega, Ga. against North Georgia at noon. In addition, the annual Blazer Blast is scheduled for this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Billy Grant Field and Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park. The event will take place from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., and registration will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the main gate of Billy Grant Field. Following the event, the Blazer baseball team will compete in a free exhibition game, beginning at 3:00 p.m. For more information on the Blazer Blast, CLICK HERE.

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