Methodist Picked as USA South Preseason Baseball Favorite

Methodist Picked as USA South Preseason Baseball Favorite

Methodist University, under the direction of Head Coach Tom Austin, was atop the 2019 USA South Athletic Conference Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. The Monarchs are the defending USA South regular season champions after producing a 14-3 Conference record. It was the program's 19th regular season conference title and the second in the past four seasons. Currently, the Monarchs are "Receiving Votes" in prominent national preseason polls.

Methodist collected six first place votes to go along with 137 points to place first in the poll. LaGrange College, the two-time defending USA South Tournament champions, and Piedmont College finished in a tie for second place with 130 points each as the Panthers garnered four first place votes while the Lions grabbed the final three first place votes.

The USA South welcomed Brevard College and Pfeiffer University last season. These two institutions are currently reclassifying from NCAA Division II status but this year are included in the preseason poll and eligible for regular season championship honors. Brevard and Pfeiffer still will not be eligible for USA South or NCAA Tournament play until full DIII membership is established. 

The 2019 USA South Baseball Tournament will be played April 25-28 at LaGrange's Phil Williamson Stadium at Cleaveland Field in LaGrange, Georgia as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County. The top-eight teams following regular season play will advance to the double-elimination tournament.


2019 USA South Coaches Preseason Baseball Poll
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Methodist^ (6) 137
t-2. LaGrange# (4) 130
t-2. Piedmont (3) 130 
4. Maryville 100 
5. Pfeiffer* 96 
6. Huntingdon 94 
7. N.C. Wesleyan 81 
8. Greensboro 67 
9. William Peace 55 
10.  Covenant 54 
11. Averett 32
12.  Brevard* 26 
13.  Berea 12 
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Regular Season Champion
#Defending Tournament Champion