Plattsburgh State Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- For the first time in school history, the Plattsburgh State baseball team will start the season in the Top 25 national rankings. The Cardinals are 25th in the D3baseball.com preseason poll. The poll is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, sports information directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly during the season.

Plattsburgh is expected to return most of last year's team that established or tied several team records, including most wins (30-10) and winning percentage (.750). Senior shortstop Tory Bouyea, senior designated hitter/third baseman Donny Coolidge, senior outfield Danny Roeser and junior second baseman Pat Shaughnessy and junior right-handed pitcher Dan Tracy were all-conference and/or all-region in 2010.

Besides Plattsburgh, fourth-ranked Cortland -- the national runner-up last season -- is the only other team representing the State University of New York Athletic Conference in the poll. Defending national champion Illinois Wesleyan is ninth with 373 points and 1 first-place vote.

D3BASEBALL.COM TOP 25
Rank School (First-place votes) 2010 Record Points
1 Heidelberg (19) 42-8 608
2 UW-Stevens Point (3) 34-18 545
3 Kean 39-12 543
4 Cortland State (1) 40-10-1 493
5 UW-Whitewater (1) 42-7 462
6 Johns Hopkins 44-7 452
7 Shenandoah 38-10 420
8 Linfield 37-13 416
9 Illinois Wesleyan (1) 31-21 373
10 St. Thomas 35-9 361
11 Chapman 31-11 358
12 Marietta 36-13 351
13 Mass-Boston 32-17 274
14 Tufts 34-7 253
15 Mississippi College 39-11 242
16 St. Scholastica 38-8 236
17 Wooster 34-9 213
18 Pomona-Pitzer 31-11 200
19 Wheaton (Mass.) 34-10 167
20 Trinity (Texas) 32-9 156
21 Keystone 33-9 141
22 Texas-Tyler 36-12 140
23 Salisbury 30-13 139
24 Eastern Connecticut 31-15 69
25 Plattsburgh State 30-10 44