Potomac State Baseball Ranked 4th in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

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2012 Collegiate Baseball NJCAA Division 1 Preseason Rankings

Keyser, WV-The Potomac State College Baseball team has earned a number 4 national ranking in the preseason Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll, announced by the publication. The Collegiate Baseball poll is the first of the major publications’ rankings to come out for the 2012 season.

Last season the Catamounts were pre-season ranked 16th, and finished the season with a third place finish at the Junior College (JUCO) World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. The 2011 season marked the fourth time in the last eight years that PSC had advanced to the JUCO World Series.

This season's preseason status marks the highest ranking for Potomac State College since moving up to National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I in 2000. Potomac State was preseason ranked fifth in the nation in both 2005 and 2006 and has been ranked in the preseason nine of the last 10 years.  Potomac State won the NJCAA Division II Baseball National Championship in 1995.

Led by fifteenth year Head Coach Doug Little, Potomac State returns just 11 players this season from its 38-12 team which won the Region XX Championship for the 10th time in the last 12 years last season. Among the players returning are Zach Markel, (Elizabethville, PA / Upper Dauphin); T.J. Weisenburg, (Martinsburg, WV /Martinsburg), Brendan Miller, (Hendricks, WV /Tucker County), Steve Miele, (Martinsburg, WV) /Hedgesville) and Jordan Bray, (Niagara Falls, ONT /A.N. Myer)

"It's a great honor, but we realize the high ranking is because of what we have been lucky enough to accomplish the last several seasons, and has nothing to do with this season or this year's team," said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little. "We will have to work very hard to earn that ranking this season."

"Being ranked so high is certainly a 'catch-22' for us; the ranking is quite an honor for our program, our school and the state of West Virginia, but we know that there are so many good teams out there that are not ranked that definitely deserve to be ranked- many of them are on our schedule this year."

Potomac State will open the 2012 season with a five-team tournament February 24 at Florence Darlington Tech in Florence, South Carolina.