Southeast Missouri State men's baseball team picked to finish eighth in preseason OVC poll

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Southeast Missouri State baseball team was picked eighth out of 11 squads in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll released Friday.

Two-time defending OVC regular-season and tournament champion Austin Peay is favored to three-peat based on voting by the league's coaches and sports information directors.

Southeast went 23-36 overall last year and finished seventh in the OVC. The Redhawks made their OVC record 18th straight conference tournament appearance.

Southeast junior left fielder Derek Gibson was named preseason all-OVC after earning first-team all-conference honors last year when he hit .338.

Austin Peay earned 14 of 22 first-place votes and 193 points. OVC newcomer Belmont was picked second with the remaining eight first-place votes and 182 points.

Jacksonville State (156 points), Eastern Kentucky (139), Eastern Illinois (133), Tennessee Tech (107), SIUE (91), Southeast (73), Morehead State (70), Murray State (45) and Tennessee-Martin (21) round out the poll.

Austin Peay second baseman Jordan Hankins and Tennessee Tech first baseman Zach Stephens were named preseason OVC co-players of the year, while Belmont's Chase Brookshire was tabbed as the league's preseason pitcher of the year.

Southeast, under the direction of first-year interim coach Steve Bieser following Mark Hogan's retirement, opens the season Friday at New Orleans.

Softball

Southeast split its four games during the first two days of the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe, La.

The Redhawks (2-3) posted two wins Friday, beating Mississippi Valley State 3-2 and Grambling State 6-3.

Southeast then lost twice Saturday, to host Louisiana-Monroe 5-1 and Northwestern State 8-0.

Taylor Cowan was the winning pitcher against Mississippi Valley State with five innings of shutout relief. She allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one. Kaitlin Zink had two of Southeast's six hits.

Freshman Hannah Clemons notched her first collegiate win with six innings of relief against Grambling State. She allowed three hits and two runs while striking out five and walking two. Alexis Anderson doubled twice. Zink also had two of Southeast's nine hits. Savannah Carpenter added two RBIs.

Southeast managed just two hits and committed three errors against Louisiana-Monroe. Cowan worked a complete game, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. She struck out two and walked three.

The Redhawks had only three hits against Northwestern State as the game ended after six innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. Clemons took the loss, allowing three runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Southeast ends the tournament today with an 11 a.m. game against UC Santa Barbara.

Gymnastics

Southeast suffered a 195.150-192.350 dual loss at 34th-ranked Brigham Young Friday night in Provo, Utah. The Redhawks are 2-2.

Taryn Vanderpool continued her strong season for Southeast, sharing a title on balance beam with a career-high score of 9.850 and placing second in the all-around (38.850). She was third on bars (9.800).

Also finishing in the top three for Southeast were Emma Garrett (second on floor, 9.750), Megan Fosnow (tie for second on vault, 9.850) and Taylor Westrick (tie for third on beam, 9.800).

"Taryn had another strong performance and she's making the changes necessary to put up big scores," Southeast coach Kristi Ewasko said in a release. "Overall, tonight was a lower score than we wanted, but we changed the lineup around due to some injuries and illness."

Southeast continues its road trip today with a 3 p.m. meet at 16th-ranked Boise State.

-- From staff reports

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