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Baseball - Fri, Feb. 7, 2014

February 7, 2014

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball conference's head coaches has picked Jamestown (N.D.) as the league's favorite according to the coaches' preseason poll, announced Friday.

The Jimmies had a slim one-point lead over second-place Mayville State (N.D.).  UJ scored 23 points in the coaches' preseason poll with three first-place votes.

Mayville State, receiving votes in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll, tallied 22 points and picked up the final two first-place votes.  The Comets are already undefeated this season with an overall record of 8-0. 

Both UJ and MSU qualified for the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round last season.  The Jimmies finished their 2013 season with an overall record of 30-11, while the Comets finished the 2013 season with a 34-9-1 overall record.

Valley City State (N.D.), 4-4 overall record this season, picked to finish third with 13 points in the preseason coaches' poll.  Dakota State (S.D.) had 12 points to finish fourth and Presentation (S.D.) fifth with 5 points.  The Saints are currently 0-8 overall record this season.

Dakota State is scheduled to play a three-game series to kick off their 2014 season on Feb. 16-17 in Goodwell, Okla.

Presentation heads to Topeka on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 for a pair of doubleheaders.

Mayville State returns back to action on Feb. 28 through March 1 with five games scheduled in Sabetha, Kan.

Jamestown's 2014 baseball season opener is slated for Feb. 27 to March 1 with four games in Topeka. 

Valley City State heads to Fremont, Neb. to play a four-game series with Midland (Neb.) on March 8-9.

The first-ever North Star baseball conference games get underway on March 29-30.  The four-game series match-ups include Jamestown visiting Presentation in Aberdeen, S.D. and Dakota State hosting Mayville State in Madison.

Valley City State plays their first NSAA conference doubleheader on April 5 at Jamestown.

The North Star-Frontier Conference Baseball Conference Tournament will be held in Valley City, N.D.  The six-team double-elimination unaffiliated conference tournament format will be played at the Charlie Brown Memorial Field.  All five NSAA schools along a member from the Frontier conference—Dickinson State (N.D.)—will compete in the conference tournament.

The winner of the NSAA-Frontier Baseball Conference Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round on May 12-15. 

Below is the complete 2014 NSAA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2014 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Jamestown (N.D.) (3)

23

2

Mayville State (N.D.) (2)

22

3

Valley City State (N.D.)

13

4

Dakota State (S.D.)

12

5

Presentation (S.D.0

5

*First-place votes in parenthesis


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director