The North Dakota State University baseball team is projected to finish second in the Summit League Preseason Poll, the league office announced.
A pair of Bison in Peter Brookshaw and Max Loven were put on the Summit League Players to Watch list. Last season Brookshaw started all 61 games while racking up a .263 batting average with 59 hits and 38 RBI’s. In 12 starts on the bump, Loven posted a 3-3 record with 50 strikeouts.
In 2021 NDSU set a school record with 42 wins that included a 42-19 overall record. The Bison ended up winning the Summit League Tournament title and the program's first NCAA Regional game victory in the Division I era.
NDSU opens up the 2022 schedule with a four-game series at Abilene Christian on Feb. 18-20.
2022 Summit League Preseason Poll – Points (1st votes)
1. Oral Roberts: 36 (6)
2. North Dakota State: 31 (1)
3. Omaha: 24
4. South Dakota State: 23
5. Northern Colorado: 13
6. Western Illinois: 12
7. St. Thomas: 8
2022 Summit League Players and Pitchers to Watch
Peter Brookshaw | North Dakota State | Jr. | IF
Max Loven | North Dakota State | Jr. | LHP
Riley Bost | Northern Colorado | Jr. | RHP
Josh Glenn | Northern Colorado | RSr. | C
Mark Timmins | Omaha | Sr. | RHP
Mike Boeve | Omaha | So. | 3B
Dustin Demeter | Oral Roberts | Gr. | UT
Isaac Coffey | Oral Roberts | Jr. | RHP
Graham Laubscher | St. Thomas | Gr. | LHP
Brigs Richartz | St. Thomas | Fr. | C/IF
Nic McCay | South Dakota State | RSo. | RHP
Luke Ira | South Dakota State | Jr. | IF
Jace Warkentien | Western Illinois | Sr. | LHP
Derek Botaletto | Western Illinois | Jr. | IF