After finishing as co-champions of the Missouri Valley Conference a year ago, the Illinois State University baseball team is expected to finish near the top of the MVC again.
ISU was selected to finish third in the Valley.
Co-champions from a season ago, Dallas Baptist was picked to lead the MVC. Missouri State is selected slightly ahead of ISU in second. A tournament team from a year ago, Indiana State is selected to finish fourth.
Bradley, Evansville, Southern and Valparaiso bring up the rear in the pre-season poll.
Along with the selection, four Redbirds were selected to the Pre-season All-Conference team. Seniors Joe Butler, Jordan Libman, Colton Johnson and junior Jack Butler.