January 10, 2019 - 1:25 pm - Posted in Sports

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The University of Jamestown totaled 91 points and is the preseason coaches’ selection to win the 2019 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Baseball Championship.  The Jimmies tallied four place votes. Midland, tabbed second with 83 points, had two first place votes. Northwestern was picked third with four first place votes.

Jamestown posted a 45-11 overall record last spring while finishing third in their final year in the North Star Athletic Association with a 16-6 league record. This is the first year for the Jimmies competing in the GPAC. Jamestown went 4-2 during the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Oklahoma City last year.

Northwestern was the GPAC regular season champ in 2018, going 30-20 overall and 19-7 in a shortened GPAC schedule. The Red Raiders, also won the GPAC Postseason tournament. Midland was the other bid to the opening round of the NAIA tournament.

Once again, the GPAC baseball season will feature a 28-game schedule. The GPAC Postseason Tournament will feature two four-team tournaments (Seeds 1,4,5,8 and Seeds 2,3,6,7) (double elimination) on May 2-4 at the sites of the top two seeds. Then the two tournament winners will play on Tuesday, May 7, in the Cypress Risk Management GPAC Championship (one nine inning game) at the highest remaining seed.

Points were awarded on a 10-1 basis and coaches’ could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2019 GPAC Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll:

 

Place School Points First Place Votes
1. University of Jamestown 91 4
2. Midland University 83 2
3. Northwestern College 77 4
4. Doane University 68
5. Concordia University 64 1
6. Morningside College 61
7. Mount Marty College 57
8. Hastings College 41
9. Briar Cliff University 34
10. Dakota Wesleyan University 17
11. Dordt College 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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