Gorlok Baseball is SLIAC Preseason Favorite

| February 21, 2014

Taylor Stoulp, one of the Gorlok returners to be counted on in 2014.

In what has become somewhat a rite of spring, the Webster University men’s baseball team is the 2014 preseason favorite in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) coaches poll.

With eight starters returning from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Championship (World Series), the Webster University Gorloks are the 2014 SLIAC preseason favorites as voted on by Conference coaches. Webster received 81 total points including nine of ten first-place votes.

Webster advanced to the World Series the past two seasons, won its fourth straight SLIAC Championship, and its seventh consecutive regular season title. Last year’s squad went 37-12, setting the school record for wins in a season. Webster, coached by Bill Kurich, is ranked 8th nationally in the D3Baseball.com preseason poll, marking the third consecutive season they have earned a top 10 preseason ranking. The Gorloks finished 6th in the final 2013 season poll.

The Gorloks will be led by a pair of SLIAC First Team All-Conference players in Taylor Stoulp and Isaac Behme. Stoulp, a second baseman, hit .328 as a junior last year and led the conference with 43 runs batted in. Behme, a pitcher, led the conference with 10 wins in 2013 while compiling a 2.68 earned-run average, and 67 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings. Behme earned ABCA All-Region honors last year and will be looked upon to head the staff after the graduation of 2013 SLIAC Pitcher of the Year Steven Dooley.

Senior outfielder Corey Lasky, who batted .335 with 27 runs batted in last season, and senior third baseman Ryan Hall, with a .331 average and 28 runs batted in, will be counted on to help lead the Webster offense.

Senior pitcher Jason Gray, with a league high 22 appearances, and a 0.96 ERA while holding opponents to a .120 batting average, will return more pitching depth for the Gorloks. Webster also brings in a trio of newcomers in sophomore infielder Jeff Kammer, junior pitcher Chris Jansen and freshman shortstop Matt Wollnik, who could see considerable playing time.

From the SLIAC and Webster Sports Information

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