Bridgeport, Conn. – The National
Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released their
preseason East Region poll, with ECC members Dowling, Molloy, and
Bridgeport on the list. The Golden Lions are slated in a tie
at No. 6, Molloy at No. 8, and Bridgeport following behind in the
No. 9 spot.
Dowling, who finished 24-25 last season, is the top conference team in the poll tied at No. 6 with Stonehill. The Golden Lions advanced to the NCAA East Regional in 2011 after taking home the ECC title with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the University of Bridgeport.
Molloy comes in at the No. 8 spot in the poll after a 31-20 finish and their fourth straight appearance in the ECC Baseball Championship in 2011.
Bridgeport is the final ECC team to hold a preseason ranking in the poll after they lost in the 2011 ECC Championship game to Dowling. The Purple Knights finished last year with a 31-14 record, the most successful season in program history.
Southern Connecticut State was the unanimous vote for No. 1 in the region and is also tied for No. 6 nationally.
The NCBWA also released their Preseason All-Region teams, with three ECC student-athletes making the cut. Junior outfielder Joe Candela of Dowling and the 2011 ECC Rookie of the Year, Carlos Guzman from Molloy, were named to the Preseason First team. Senior first baseman Eric Schlitter of Bridgeport and senior starting pitcher Chuck Fontana, the reigning ECC Pitcher of the Year from Molloy, made the second team.
2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason East Region Poll
1. Southern Conn. State
2. Franklin Pierce
T3. UMass Lowell
10. New Haven
2012 Preseason NCBWA All-East Region
Catcher: Mike Godwin, Wilmington, Sr.
1st Base: Ryan Geffert, Southern Conn. State, Sr.
2nd Base: Dan Hennigan, Franklin Pierce, Sr.
3rd Base: Matt Boulter, Southern New Hampshire, Jr.
Shortstop: Cam Kneeland, UMass Lowell, Sr.
Outfield: Carlos Guzman, Molloy, Soph.
Outfield: Jordan Oncay, Wilmington, Sr.
Outfield: Joe Candela, Dowling, Jr.
UT: Michael White, Stonehill, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Garrett Cole, UMass Lowell, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Ryan Thompson, Franklin Pierce, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Chris Zbin, Southern Conn. State, Sr.
Catcher: Tim Quinn, Assumption, Sr.
1st Base: Eric Schlitter, Bridgeport, Sr.
2nd Base: Jesse Daywalt, Chestnut Hill, Sr.
3rd Base: AJ Rouleau, Southern Conn. State, Sr.
Shortstop: Ryan Brockett, New Haven, Sr.
Outfield: Matt Jacobs, UMass Lowell, Sr.
Outfield: Al Stanton, Southern New Hampshire, So.
Outfield: James Roche, Franklin Pierce, Gr.
UT: Jamie Liebowitz, Adelphi, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Stephen Corbett, Post, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Chuck Fontana, Molloy, Sr.
Starting Pitcher: Justin Moore, Dominican, Sr.
Relief Pitcher: Dallas Nunes, UMass Lowell, Sr.