Tiffin, Ohio – January 28, 2010 – The first pitch of the 2010 season has yet to be thrown, but the Heidelberg University baseball team has landed itself in familiar territory, the national rankings.
According to D3baseball.com Heidelberg is ranked 10th in the 2010 preseason poll and stands 14th according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Heidelberg has emerged into the national rankings on numerous occasions since Matt Palm took over the reigns of the program in 2000. Most notably, a season ago, Heidelberg found itself in the preseason rankings and never vacated the top-25 the entire season, standing as high as third in the D3baseball.com poll.
In 2010, Heidelberg is slated to play four other nationally ranked foes, along with two that have received votes. Topping the list is no. 2 College of Wooster, along with Ohio Athletic Conference foes no. 14 Marietta College and Otterbein College, who received votes.
Non-conference opponents that are amongst the top in the country heading into the new season are no. 8 Carthage College, no. 15 Adrian College and Ohio Wesleyan University, on the receiving votes end.
In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, joining Heidelberg in the ranking is Wooster at number two, Carthage (no. 5), Marietta (no. 19) and Adrian (no. 22).
Heidelberg opens its season at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. March 3-8. On its schedule while in the Sunshine State is Carthage March 6.