Greenwood, Ind. – The Transylvania baseball team has been voted on to finish sixth in the upcoming Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings according to the annual preseason coaches' poll.
The Pioneers received 36 points in the coaches' survey, positioning them in sixth-place behind Mount St. Joseph (67 points), Rose-Hulman (68 points), Franklin (79 points), Manchester (81 points), and Earlham (93 points).
Back in Lexington for his second season at the helm, Transylvania head coach Zack Getsee will look to mesh several returning players together with a plethora of freshman.
Transylvania welcomes back senior infielder Jared Williams (Burlington, Ky. / Conner HS), who figures to be a cornerstone both on and off the field for this group of Pioneers. Last season Williams led the team with a .377 batting average and in stolen bases with 15 total.
Redshirt sophomore designated hitter Austin Butts (Woodstock, Ill. / Woodstock HS) is new to the team this season, but is sure to make an immediate impact in the Pioneer's lineup from both the No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
The new-look Pioneers will also feature several fresh faces in the pitching rotation including freshman standouts Nick Craddock (Hebron, Ky. / Conner HS) and Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio. / Dublin Scioto HS).
The Pioneers commence their 2017 campaign at home on Saturday, February 24 when they host Wabash and Wisconsin-Oshkosh at Marquard Field in Lexington, Kentucky.
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