Campbell has been voted the Big South Conference’s preseason 2021 baseball favorite by the league’s head coaches.
Two-time defending champion Campbell University has been voted the Big South Conference’s preseason 2021 baseball favorite by the league’s head coaches. In addition, the coaches voted Campbell redshirt senior infielder Collin Wolf the conference’s Preseason Player of the Year.
The Camels, the Big South’s 2019 regular-season and Tournament champion, were the preseason favorite in 2020 and went 7-9 overall (no Big South games played) in the abbreviated season that was canceled March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CU received six first-place votes and 89 total points to win the league in 2021.
Wolf is the third Campbell player to be voted the Big South’s Preseason Player of the Year in the award’s 16-year history, and second in three seasons. He has started every game the past two seasons (74 consecutive) and had 17 hits and 13 RBI in the 16 games played in 2020. Wolf also had five doubles, one triple and one home run a season ago. In 2019, he earned Second-Team All-Big South honors after leading the Camels with 48 RBI and 33 walks, while ranking second on the squad in on-base percentage (.411) and home runs (7). He slugged .466 and batted .293 overall, and hit .327 in conference games.
Winthrop received one first-place vote and was second in the preseason poll with 82 points, while USC Upstate garnered two first-place votes and finished in the third spot with 75 points.
This year, Big South teams will play 40 league games while allowing for each team to schedule up to 10 non-conference games as can be accommodated.
The top four teams in the final conference standings will advance to the Big South Baseball Championship, which will be held May 27-29 at SEGRA Stadium in Fayetteville. The champion receives the Big South’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Campbell opens up by hosting Liberty for three games from Feb. 19-21.