November 13, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fresh off winning the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season championship, the Indiana Tech baseball team will enter the new season ranked just outside the Top 25 at No. 27 after receiving votes in the 2012-13 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office on Tuesday.
WHAC Coach of the Year Kip McWilliams led his Warriors to a 40-22 record with a 22-6 mark in league play a season ago on their way to capturing their first regular season conference crown since 2007. Despite falling to Siena Heights University in the WHAC Tournament championship game, Tech made its fourth consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.
Returning for the Warriors are First Team All-Conference performers Ignatius Mackenzie (Waipahu, HI/Waipahu) and Eric Wald (Plano, TX/Brookhaven). Mackenzie hit .337 last year with 17 doubles and eight homeruns while driving in 54 runs. Wald batted .264 with seven big flies and 51 RBI.
Aaron Lewellyn (Danville, IL/Danville Area) and Cam Wilson (Lafayette, IN/Danville Area) are back from one of the league’s top rotations last season, as well as closer Kyle Nolen (Waterford, MI/Kellogg) to anchor the bullpen. Lewellyn was 6-2 with a 3.47 earned run average and Wilson was 3-1 with a 4.62 ERA. Nolen was 1-0 with four saves.
The Warriors will once again face a challenging slate, facing five teams ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll, including No. 1 ranked, and defending national champions, Tennessee Wesleyan College in a four-game series to open the season on Feb. 16-17.
To see the complete NAIA Top 25 rankings click here
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