Dakota Wesleyan tabbed 10th in preseason GPAC baseball poll

With 21 points, DWU slotted in ahead of Hastings and behind Dordt in the rankings. Concordia was picked to win the conference, receiving 98 points and eight first-place votes.

Dakota Wesleyan's Drew Kitchens (23) attempts to apply a tag on a Doane baserunner during the first game of a doubleheader on March 28, 2022, at Cadwell Park.
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Dakota Wesleyan University's baseball team landed at 10th of 11 programs in the Great Plains Athletic Conference preseason poll released Thursday.

With 21 points, DWU slotted in ahead of Hastings (10) and behind Dordt (27) in the rankings. The Tigers were 15-28 overall and 8-19 against GPAC opposition last season, finishing in ninth place under coach Charlie Dubanoski, who enters his third season at the helm in 2023. The poll is a survey of the conference's head coaches. Points were awarded on a 10 (first place) to 1 (last place) basis and coaches could not vote for their own team.

Atop the conference, last season's regular-season runner-up Concordia received 98 points and eight first-place votes, with defending champion Doane close behind at 91 points with the remaining three first-place votes. Mount Marty and Jamestown tied for third at 74 points, while Morningside (59) edged out Briar Cliff (58) for fifth and sixth, respectively. Rounding out the poll were Northwestern (54) and Midland (39) ahead of Dordt, DWU and Hastings.

The top-eight teams in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season qualify for the GPAC postseason tournament.

The Tigers open their 2023 season on Feb. 18-19 with three games at Kansas Wesleyan. DWU also has games against opponents to be determined March 4-10 in Tuscon, Arizona, before opening its home schedule against Northern State on March 14 at Drake Field.

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