JACKSON, Tenn. - 1/27/2009 - The 2009 TranSouth Conference Preseason Baseball Poll has been released. The Union University Bulldogs have been selected to finish third in the preseason conference rankings.
The poll, as voted by the coaches, tabs Cumberland (Tenn.) University as the favorite to win the league. Cumberland received six first place votes, with Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University coming in second, receiving two first place votes.
In November, the NAIA also released their Preseason Rankings. Three TranSouth teams were listed among the nation's best. Cumberland is No. 11, Trevecca Nazarene is No. 20, and Union (Tenn.) University is receiving votes in the national rankings.
Finishing off the TranSouth Preseason Poll is Union at No. 3; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College is No. 4; Lyon (Ark.) College is No. 5; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University is No. 6; Bethel (Tenn.) College is No. 7; and Mid-Continent (Ky.) University is No. 8.
In 2008, Trevecca Nazarene won the regular season title, with Cumberland taking the TranSouth Tournament Title. Cumberland also won their fifth straight Region XI Title, the MidEast Super Region Title, and made another appearance in the NAIA Baseball World Series. This marked the fifth straight season that Cumberland has represented the TranSouth Conference in the NAIA World Series. The Bulldogs won the national title in 2004.
2009 TranSouth Baseball Preseason Poll (as voted by the coaches)
TEAM POINTS (1st Place Votes)
1. Cumberland University 62 (6)
2. Trevecca Nazarene 58 (2)
3. Union University 46
4. Martin Methodist 34
5. Lyon College 32
6. Freed-Hardeman 25
7. Bethel College 23
8. Mid-Continent University 8
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