After finishing in a tie for third place last season, the Oral Roberts University baseball team has been picked to finish among the top of the Southland Conference, the league announced on Wednesday.
In the coaches poll, the Golden Eagles was tabbed to finish fourth, two points behind Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana, who were picked to finish in a tie for second, and Sam Houston State is predicted to repeat as regular season champions. The Bearkats were also picked to repeat by the league's sports information directors, while SLU was picked second and ORU third.
The Golden Eagles closed the regular season in a tie for third with SLU in 2013 with a 16-11 mark, and 25-32 overall.
In the coaches poll, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Nicholls are expected to finish fifth through eighth, while Northwestern State was picked to finish a spot higher than last season in the ninth spot and McNeese State was picked to finish tenth.
League newcomers Houston Baptist and New Orleans rounded out both polls in the 11th and 12th place positions, respectively.
Despite being tabbed to finish second by the SLC coaches, Lamar slipped down to sixth in the SID poll, behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who is expected to finish fourth and UCA in fifth. SFA, McNeese, Nicholls and Northwestern State were voted to finish seventh through tenth.
The Golden Eagles begin their 2014 campaign on February 14 as they host Southeast Missouri State in the first of a three-game set at home. First pitch of the SLC schedule is set to begin on March 14 at home against Northwestern State.