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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Baseball picked 15th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

  • UMC junior infielder Josh Brehmer and junior pitcher Matt Korte were picked as the Golden Eagles’ 2013 NSIC Players to Watch.
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  • The Minnesota, Crookston baseball team was picked to finish 15th of 15 teams in the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll released Thursday. The Golden Eagles earned 19 points in the poll while Minnesota State, the three-time defending NSIC regular-season champions, was picked to finish first.
     
    Minnesota State garnered 195 points in the poll while picking up 13 first-place votes. St. Cloud State University was picked second with 177 points and one first-place vote while Winona State University picked up 163 points and received one first-place vote.
     
    UMC junior second baseman/short stop Josh Brehmer (Roseville, Minn.) and junior pitcher Matt Korte (St. Cloud, Minn.) were picked as the Golden Eagles’ 2013 NSIC Players to Watch.
     
    Brehmer led the team with a .346 batting average as a sophomore while also tying for the team lead with 17 runs scored and leading the team in runs batted in (RBI) with 18. Brehmer had a .393 on-base percentage and also had a .952 fielding percentage on the year.
     
    Korte pitched 40.2 innings with eight starts last season for UMC. He had a 7.30 earned runs average (ERA) while garnering a 2-6 record. He tallied 22 strikeouts on the season.
     
    Winona State short stop Seth McMullen was selected as the NSIC Preseason Player of the Year after earning All-American honors as a junior for the Warriors. He hit .360 last season while slugging .618.
     
    Minnesota State pitcher Harvey Martin was picked as the NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Martin posted a 10-0 record last season for the Mavericks while owning a 2.95 earned run average and earning NSIC Newcomer of the Year honors.
     
    The Golden Eagles will commence the 2013 season Feb. 15 at 6 a.m. with a doubleheader versus Upper Iowa University at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
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