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    Baseball Picked To Finish Second In Midwestern Collegiate Conference
     

     
    UIC head coach Mike Dee and his Flames have been tabbed to finish second in the MCC this season
     
    UIC head coach Mike Dee and his Flames have been tabbed to finish second in the MCC this season
     
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    Jan. 25, 2001

    Indianapolis, Ind. - By the narrowest of margins, UIC has been tabbed to finish second in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference preseason baseball poll released early this morning.

    Both UIC and UW-Milwaukee, who tied for the 2000 MCC regular-season title last year, received three first-place votes. The Panthers, however, edged the Flames 23-22 in overall points. Butler, last season's MCC tournament champion, was picked to finish third with 16 points. The Bulldogs were followed by Cleveland State (14 points), Wright State (9) and Detroit (6).

    The preseason rankings marks the highest during head coach Mike Dee's tenure at UIC. The Flames were picked to finish last in 1999 and third in 2000.

    "We're happy that the other teams feel that we have improved," Dee said. "We feel very good about this upcoming season."

    Dee will return the services of first-team All-MCC second baseman John Rosner, second-team third baseman Bob Rosinski and four members of the 2000 All-MCC Newcomer team in catcher Weber Bowen, pitcher Nick Worm and outfielders J.P. Moran and Curtis Granderson.

    UIC will open up their season against Northwestern on February 9th in Fort Meyers, Florida at 6 P.M.

    Voting was conducted by the league's six head coaches and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. The 2001 MCC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll with last year's records and poll points (first place votes in parentheses).

    2001 Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll 2000 Record Team MCC Overall Points 1. UW-Milwaukee 12-6 30-24 23 (3) 2. UIC 12-6 33-26 22 (3) 3. Butler 8-8 31-28 16 4. Cleveland State 10-9 23-33 14 5. Wright State 8-12 19-39 9 6. Detroit 5-14 16-28 6