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The 2013 WVIAC Coach’s Poll for Baseball was recently released on January 30th and the Shepherd University Baseball Team was picked to finish second in the WVIAC North Division.

Last season, the Ram’s made a trip to the NCAA Atlantic Regionals after defeating Alderson-Broaddus in the finals of the WVIAC Tournament. Shepherd received one first place vote and 74 points ranking them second in the poll for the north division.

The Seton Hill Griffins received nine first place votes in the preseason poll. They are the favorite to win the 2013 West Virginia Conference Tournament championship and subsequently securing a NCAA Regional bid. West Virginia Wesleyan received one first place vote while Concord and Fairmont State each had two votes.

In addition, the 2013 WVIAC Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll was recently released on February 1st and Shepherd University was picked to finish the season sixth. Shepherd earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and finished fourth in the league a year ago however they only claimed 39 points in the poll and are expected to finish the season ranked 6th.

The Shepherd University men’s tennis team returns a deep roster which includes Chris Pratt and Michael Lesko. They helped lead the Ram’s to 16 wins in 2012, the second most in team history. Bluefield State was picked to win the 2013 WVIAC Men’s Tennis Championship after earning a spot in the NCAA Sweet 16 a season ago. They received all nine possible first place votes.

It was announced on January 30th that senior wide receiver Larry Lowe of the Shepherd University football team was named to the 2013 BSN Collegiate Showcase roster. He led the Rams with 49 receptions for 636 yards and a pair of touchdowns this past season.

Lowe joins Shepherd tight end John Frick on the roster for the event that will take place from March 8th to 10th at Stile Athletic Field House in Akron, Ohio. The BSN Collegiate Showcase brings together top football players from around the country that play in FCS, D2, D3, and NAIA.

The event is designed to give scouts and executives from the NFL, CFL, and AFL the ability to evaluate the athletes differently than they would at a traditional pro day event. Lowe, Frick and the other athletes at the showcase will participate in a scouting combine, position drills, 1-on-1 drills, 7-on-7 drills, and an exhibition All-Star game.