Dosch Named Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year by Coaches

Drew Dosch
Drew Dosch

Youngstown State junior third baseman Drew Dosch has been voted the Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year in a poll of the league's baseball coaches that was released on Wednesday.

Dosch was also named to the league's preseason first-team all-league. He was joined on the team by fellow Penguin Jason Shirley, a sophomore outfielder.

Dosch (Canal Winchester, Ohio) batted .353 with eight home runs and 13 doubles in 55 games last season as a sophomore en route to being voted First-Team All-Horizon League. He was also named the Preseason Player of the Year by Baseball America. Shirley (North Huntingdon, Pa.) batted .303 with 31 runs scored, 16 RBIs and a team-high nine steals last year.

Milwaukee's Cale Tassi was voted the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Valparaiso was tabbed to repeat as the conference champion with three first-place votes. It was followed by Milwaukee, Wright State, UIC and Youngstown State.

The Penguins will begin their 2013 campaign on Friday at Samford.