A pair of organizations covering NCAA Division II baseball recognized the Lubbock Christian University baseball program in preparation of the 2018 season.
The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) ranked the Chaparrals No. 2 in their South Central Region Preseason Poll and selected Ricky Contreras (First Team), Scotland Church (Second Team), Nicklaus Hooper (Second Team) and Ryan Rogers (Second Team) to their All-South Central Region Preseason Team. Perfect Game USA also released their national Top-25 Poll and ranked LCU No. 7 to open the season.
For bios on each of the recognized players, read the full article at LCUchaps.com.
Contreras is a two-time Preseason All-Region selection by the NCBWA, receiving the honor last season. The NCBWA had LCU preseason ranked No. 3 last season. This season's No. 2 regional ranking is their best preseason ranking conducted by the NCBWA.
Perfect Game USA has LCU as the No.7 team in their national preseason rankings. Last season, Perfect Game ranked LCU No.6 in their preseason poll, which was LCU's highest preseason ranking by Perfect Game USA.
The Chaps begin their 2018 season Feb. 9 at home hosting Regis (Colo.) for a four-game series. They will host a First Pitch Banquet at Lubbock Country Club on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.