Charlotte, N.C. – The Campbell University baseball squad has been selected to finish ninth in the Big South Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Fighting Camels will be returning to the Big South as a conference member for the first time since 1994, when the athletic program departed to join the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Campbell finished with 31 points in the preseason poll and received votes across the board from sixth place to eleventh place. Coastal Carolina was the near-unanimous selection to win the Big South crown in 2012, as the Chants received 10 of the 11 first-place votes and finished with 120 out of a possible 121 total points.
Presbyterian catcher/first baseman Brad Zebedis was named the Big South Preseason Player of the Year, and Coastal's Josh Conway was selected the league's Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
The Fighting Camels return four position starters, three starting pitchers and two top relievers from last year's team that finished 17-37. The team has 19 newcomers who will begin their CU careers helping Campbell compete for a Big South championship.
Campbell opens the season on Feb. 17, hosting Marist at Taylor Field with a 3 p.m. start. The Camels will open the Big South slate at Winthrop on March 23, with the Big South home opener coming against Charleston Southern a week later on March 30.
The 2012 Big South Baseball Championship tournament is slated for May 22-26 and will be hosted for the first time by High Point University at Williard Stadium in High Point, N.C.
2012 Big South Conference Preseason Baseball Poll (First place votes) Total Points
1. Coastal Carolina (10) 120
2. Liberty (1) 98
3. Radford 97
4. Winthrop 76
5. Gardner-Webb 66
6. Charleston Southern 65
7. VMI 64
8. High Point 59
9. Campbell 31
10. Prebyterian 30
11. UNC Asheville 20