Xavier Baseball Tabbed Fourth In BIG EAST; Forney Named All-Conference

Joe Forney was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

Joe Forney was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

Feb. 6, 2014

CINCINNATI - In its inaugural season in the seven-team BIG EAST, the Xavier University baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the conference by the leagues coaches.

The Musketeers picked up 21 points in the voting, clearly placing them in the fourth position. Creighton (2), Seton Hall (2) and St. John's (3) split the seven first-place votes, but the Bluejays earned the nod as the preseason favorite thanks to their 32 total points. Seton Hall picked up 31 points and St. John's earned 29 to be selected to finish second and third, respectively.

Georgetown was picked fifth with 12 points and Butler and Villanova earned 11 points apiece to close out the preseason rankings.

First baseman Joe Forney was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Forney, a native of Bloomington, Ind., emerged as one of Xavier's top hitters from a season ago. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior worked his way into the heart of Xavier's lineup and finished the season with a .313 batting average, 31 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

Xavier opens the season on Feb. 14 when it travels to Greenville, S.C., for a three game-set at Fluor Field with Toledo, Furman and Norfolk State. XU and Toledo take the field at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

Preseason BIG EAST Awards

Preseason Player of the Year - Mike Gerber, Creighton, Sr., OF ^
Preseason Pitcher of the Year - Tommy Strunc, Creighton, So., SP

Preseason All-BIG EAST
Nick Collins, Georgetown, So., C/DH
Sal Annunziata, Seton Hall, Jr., 1B
Joe Forney, Xavier, Jr., 1B
Jake Peter, Creighton, Jr., 2B
Kevin Jewitt, Villanova, So., 3B
Mike Gerber, Creighton, Sr., OF ^
Chris Selden, Seton Hall, Sr., OF
Zach Lauricella, St. John's, Jr., OF ^
James Lomangino, St. John's, Sr., SP
Josh Prevost, Seton Hall, Sr., SP ^
Eric Stout, Butler, Jr., SP
Tommy Strunc, Creighton, So., SP ^
Bryan Sova, Creighton, Sr., RP

^ - Unanimous selections