WSU baseball voted 6th in preseason AAC poll

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU) -- The Wichita State baseball team has been voted sixth in the annual American Athletic Conference baseball preseason coaches poll, announced Dec. 21 by the league office.

The Shockers accumulated 29 points in the poll. Houston was voted first and received five first-place votes and 59 points, while UConn was picked second in the poll with 50 points and three first-place votes.

Two Shockers earned preseason all-conference honors including outfielder Greyson Jenista and third baseman Alec Bohm.

Jenista, a junior from Eudora, Kan., hit .320 last season with 73 hits, 45 runs, 14 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 41 RBI and six stolen bases to earn second team all-conference honors. During the summer, he helped the Cotuit Kettleers to the Western Division Cape Cod League Playoffs and earned Cape Cod League MVP honors after hitting .310 with 24 runs, 44 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Bohm, a junior from Omaha, Neb., hit .305 last season with 71 hits, 44 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 11 home runs, 40 RBI and five stolen bases to earn first team all-conference honors. During the summer, he helped the Falmouth Commodores to the Western Division Cape Cod League Playoffs and earned All-Star honors, while finishing second in the Cape in batting average (.351), third in RBI (28), third in doubles (10) and 10th in home runs (5).

The Shockers open up the 2018 season on Fri., Feb. 16 at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.

American Preseason Poll
1. Houston (5) 59
2. UConn (3) 50
3. UCF 49
4. ECU 45
5. USF (1) 43
6. Wichita State 29
7. Memphis 19
8. Tulane 18
9. Cincinnati 12
Preseason All-AAC Team
P - Joe Sheridan, UCF
P - Tim Cate, UConn
P - Trey Cumbie*, Houston
P - Shane McClanahan*, USF
P - Peter Strzelecki, USF
RP - Bryce Tucker*, UCF
1B – Rylan Thomas, UCF
2B – Matthew Mika, UCF
3B – Alec Bohm, Wichita State
SS – Anthony Prato, UConn
C – Zac Susi*, UConn
OF – Greyson Jenista, Wichita State
OF – Tyler Webb, Memphis
OF – Duke Stunkel, USF
OF - Grant Witherspoon, Tulane

* unanimous selection