Trio of West Virginia Colleges Recognized in Preseason Polls

By Greg Williams
West Virginia Director of Scouting

Preseason polls are often not worth the weight of the paper they are written on, but are always great conversation starters. If you ask any coach, while inclusion in a poll of this nature does not indicate success on the horizon, it is certainly an incentive to live up to the expectations. Heading into the 2016 college season a trio of West Virginia schools are among those nationwide that have been recognized by Collegiate Baseball in its preseason polls. Clicking on a school name below will redirect to that program's roster, where the West Virginia players helping the program to its success are listed.

Collegiate Baseball Division II Preseason Poll

Shepherd UniversityWhile no West Virginia program received enough votes to be mentioned in among the top 40 teams in NCAA Division II, a pair of perennial post-season participants did receive votes.


  • Shepherd went 39-12 last season and was the Mountain East Conference regular season champion. If not for a pair of extra inning losses to West Virginia State in the MEC tournament finals the Rams would have made a trip to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regionals in 2015. Shepherd opens up the 2016 campaign at Mt. Olive (NC) on February 6 and is currently among those Also Receiving Votes in the preseason poll.


  • Virginia State went 35-16 in 2015 and won the Mountain East Conference tournament leading to a berth in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. The Yellow Jackets were eliminated in back-to-back losses to Mercyhurst (3-1) and Millersville (4-1), a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference clubs that eventually played for the region title. West Virginia State will open its 2016 season on February 13 at Kentucky State.

NJCAA Division I Preseason Poll State came within one win of a trip to the 2015 JUCO World Series but had to settle for an Eastern District runner-up finish following a 4-2 loss to USC-Sumter in the title game. The Catamounts finished with a 37-10 overall record and begin their 2016 campaign as ranked #20 in the preseason poll. Potomac State will begin its quest for a return trip to the JUCO World Series on February 20 against Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC.