BOONE, N.C. — Entering Kermit Smith’s third season as head coach, Appalachian State’s baseball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division.
Coastal Carolina received all 12 first-place votes to win the East Division in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll, and Louisiana received 11 votes to win the West Division.
App State’s 18-win season in 2018 featured a 10-9 finish over the last month, including an 8-7 record over the last 15 conference games. The late-season push coincided with 2018 freshman pitcher Will Sprinkle joining the weekend rotation, and the top three batting averages on the team belonged to 2018 freshmen Alex Leshock, Bailey Welch and Kendall McGowan.
The Mountaineers have added 17 newcomers, including 12 freshmen, to a group that returns seven positional players who started at least 42 games and five pitchers who compiled at least 25 innings in 2018.
App State has a 28-game home schedule, beginning with a Feb. 22-24 home series against Manhattan, and will play 40 of its 56 regular season games in the Carolinas.
Season tickets are available at a cost of just $85 for adults, $75 for App State staff/faculty (limit of two) or senior citizens (limit of two) and $45 for youth (ages 3-12). Additionally, there will be a Family Four Pack plan that includes two adult season tickets and two youth season tickets for $235 ($25 off the regular price for all four).
Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
2019 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Coastal Carolina (12) – 72 pts
2. South Alabama – 52 pts
3. Troy – 48 pts
4. Georgia Southern – 43 pts
5. Georgia State – 24 pts
6. Appalachian State – 13 pts
1. Louisiana (11) – 71 pts
2. Texas State – 55 pts
3. Little Rock (1) – 48 pts
4. UTA – 36 pts
5. Arkansas State – 24 pts
6. ULM – 18 pts