The University of Arkansas-Monticello baseball team was a top three pick in the 2020 National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) Division II Central Region Preseason Poll after finishing the 2019 season with a 34-16 record and earning a spot in the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fourth time in the last six seasons. The Weevils were picked third behind Central Missouri (MAIA) and Augustana University (NSIC).
The central region is comprised of the Great American Conference (GAC), the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).
2020 NCBWA Division II Central Region Preseason Poll
1. Central Missouri: 79 (eight first place votes)
2. Augustana: 72 (one first place vote)
3. Arkansas-Monticello: 57
4. Minnesota State: 46
5. Central Oklahoma: 41
6. St. Cloud State: 39
7. Oklahoma Baptist: 30
8. Missouri Southern: 28
9. Southern Arkansas: 15
10. Wayne State: 7
Three members of the UAM baseball team were named to the 2020 NCBWA Division II All-Central Region Preseason Teams. UAM Outfielder David Reyna (.393, seven home runs, 19 stolen bases) was named to the first team.
UAM Pitcher Matt Lundh (8-1, 3.39 ERA), the GAC Pitcher of the Year, was named to the second team, along with Andrew Piraino (.359, six home runs, 38 RBI).
All-Region First Team
1B: Connor Quick, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, 6-0, 210 lbs., L/R, Fenton, Mo.
2B: J.T. Mix, Jr., Augustana, 5-9, 185 lbs., R/R, Farmers Branch, Tex.
SS: Nick Altermatt, So., Minnesota State, 6-0, 195 lbs., Wanda, Minn.
3B: Tristan Thomas, Sr., Arkansas Tech, 5-11, 190 lbs., Glendale, Ariz.
C: Ramon Enriquez, Sr., Oklahoma Baptist, 6-1, 225 lbs., R/R, San Bruno, Calif.
OF: Erik Webb, Sr., Central Missouri, 5-8, 195 lbs., R/R, St. Peter’s, Mo.
OF: Riley Johnson, Sr., Augustana, 5-9, 185 lbs., R/R, Champlin, Minn.
OF: David Reyna, Jr., Arkansas-Monticello, 5-9, 175, R/R, Santa Fe, Tex.
SP: Max Steffens, Sr., Augustana, 6-1, 200 lbs., R/R, DeWitt, Iowa
SP: Zach Parish, Sr., Missouri Southern, 6-2, 195 lbs., L/L, Tahlequah, Okla.
SP: Dylan Hall, Sr., Central Oklahoma, 6-5, 225 lbs., R/R, Stafford, Va.
RP: Jonathan Sprinkle, Jr., Central Missouri, 6-6, 225 lbs., R/R, Overland Park, Kan.
UT: Jordan Barth, Jr., Augustana, 6-1, 200 lbs., R/R, Cold Spring, Minn.
DH: Andrew Hanson, Jr., Wayne State, 6-1, 180 lbs., R/R, Burnsville, Minn.
All-Region Second Team
1B: Miles Humphreys, Sr., Harding, 5-10, 195, R/R, Jackson, Tenn.
2B: Teddy Petersen, Sr., Minnesota State, 5-9, 190 lbs., R/R, Glencoe, Minn.
SS: Alex Madera, Sr., Central Missouri, 5-10, 170 lbs.. R/R, Williamstad, Curacao
Spencer Gillund, Jr., University of Mary, 6-0, 195 lbs., Enderlin, N.D.
3B: Tyler Riebock, Jr., Ouachita Baptist, 6-0, 195 lbs., Rockwall, Tex.
C: Will Olson, Jr., Augustana, 5-10, 230 lbs., R/R, Omaha, Neb.
C: Andrew Piraino, Sr., Arkansas-Monticello, 5-11, 195 lbs., R/R, Fullerton, Calif.
OF: Alex Logelin, Jr., Wayen State, 6-0, 190 lbs., Cologne, Minn.
OF: Bryce Beckmann, Sr., Lindenwood, 6-2, 196 lbs., R/R, Germantown, Ill.
OF: Lenny Walker, Sr., St. Cloud State, 5-10, 196 lbs., R/R, Tolleson, Ariz.
SP: Matt Lundh, Sr., Arkansas-Monticello, 6-1, 205 lbs., R/R, Phoenix, Ariz.
SP: Jon Ludwig, Sr., Minnesota State, 6-6, 215 lbs., R/R, Plymouth, Minn.
SP: Ryan Obrecht, So., Wayne State, 6-4, 170 lbs., R/R, Omaha, Neb.
RP: Ryder Yakel, Sr., Harding, 6-2, 200 lbs., R/R, Lakin, Kan.
Matt Kortendick, Sr., Southern Arkansas, 6-0, 175 lbs., Sugar Land, Tex.
UT: Cam Kline, Jr., Minnesota State, 6-0, 200 lbs., R/R, Stacy, Minn.
DH: Reece Garvie, Sr., Pitt State, 5-11, 185 lbs, L/R, Edmond, Okla.
The Weevils’ 2020 season gets underway on January 31 when they face the Colorado School of Mines at the Houston Astros Winter Invitational.