Baseball Team A Preseason Honorable Mention Selection

The 2007 baseball Monarchs received honorable mention votes in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s preseason Top 40.

ODU was 39-17 last year, finishing second in the CAA regular season. The 2006 Monarchs were ranked 15th nationally on April 3 by Baseball America, the program’s highest rating since 1986.

The 2007 Monarchs return All-CAA and All-Region outfielders Jimmy Miles (Orlando, Fla.) and Mike Zahm (Elkhorn, Neb.), along with CAA All-Rookie selection sophomore righthander Dan Hudson (Virginia Beach). Other returning starters are firstbaseman Bryan Cipolla (Plainview, N.Y.), catcher Tyler Belcher (Bristol, Va.) and secondbaseman Chris Keenan (Chesapeake).

The team opened its 2007 campaign Feb. 9-11 with three straight wins over Maryland, Eastern Shore.