The University of Nebraska at Kearney and Regis baseball teams are co-favorites in the race for the 2009 Rocky Mountain Atheltic Conference Plains Division title.
Loper senior Ryan Sheldon was tabbed as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. The Kearney High graduate was the 2008 RMAC Pitcher of the Year after going 8-5 with a 5.47 ERA. He set school records for strikeouts (96) and innings pitched (102) in a single season.
UNK, two-time defending RMAC Tournament Champions, is scheduled to begin the 2009 season Feb. 7-8 at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.