Bridgeport, Conn. - The National Collegiate
Baseball Writers Association has released their preseason East
Region poll, with ECC members C.W. Post and Molloy included on the
list. The Pioneers begin the year at No. 7, while Molloy rounds out
the poll at No. 10.
C.W. Post, who finished 32-17-1 last season, is the top conference team in the poll at No. 7. The Pioneers advanced to the NCAA East Regional in 2010 after taking home the ECC title in dramatic fashion with a walk-off victory in the 11th inning over Molloy.
Molloy comes in at the No. 10 spot in the poll after a 30-24 finish and their third straight appearance in the ECC Baseball Championship in 2010.
Franklin Pierce, currently ranked No. 10 nationally, takes home the top spot in the preseason poll.
The NCBWA also released their Preseason All-Region team, with three ECC student-athletes making the cut. 2009 NCBWA East Region Pitcher of the Year, Gabriel Duran of Dowling leads the way with Casey McKay of C.W. Post and Matt Bartolemi of Bridgeport also making the team.
2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason East Region Poll
1. Franklin Pierce (6)
2. Southern Connecticut State (1)
4. New Haven
7. C.W. Post
9. UMass Lowell
( ) - First Place Votes
2011 Preseason NCBWA All-East Region Team
Catcher: Mike Dowd, Franklin Pierce, Jr.
1st Base: Angelo Bruno, Stonehill, Sr.
2nd Base: Casey McKay, C.W. Post, Soph.
3rd Base: Cam Kneeland, UMass Lowell, Jr.
Shortstop: Ryan Geffert, Southern Connecticut State. Jr.
Outfield: Mike Cleary, Southern Connecticut State, Soph.
Outfield: Joe Petosa, Felician, Soph.
Outfield: Nick LaCroix, Franklin Pierce, Soph.
UT: Robert Kelly, St. Anselm, Soph.
Starting Pitcher: Gabriel Duran, Dowling, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Joe Harris, Wilmington, Sr,
Starting Pitcher: Chris Zbin, Southern Connecticut State. Jr,
Relief Pitcher: Mitch Rossi, New Haven, Jr.
Relief Pitcher: Matt Bartolomei, Bridgeport, Jr.