WestConn Baseball Picked To Finish Sixth In LEC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll

WestConn Baseball Picked To Finish Sixth In LEC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll

official release from Darryl Konicki - LEC Assistant Commissioner

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The UMass Boston baseball team was elected the preseason favorite in the Little East Conference (LEC) after totaling 47 points and receiving five of a possible eight first-place votes in the 2018 LEC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Beacons edged out the University of Southern Maine, which totaled 45 points and received the remaining three first-place votes.

UMass Boston posted an overall record of 38-12 in 2017 on its way to winning the LEC and NCAA Division New England Regional championship tournaments, sending it to the College World Series for the second time in program history. The Beacons enter the 2018 season ranked No. 4 in the nation in the D3baseball.com Poll and No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball News Poll.

Southern Maine went 34-13 a year ago, and captured its 12th LEC regular season title with a 12-2 mark in conference play. The Huskies received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, and were just one win away from joining UMass Boston at the College World Series after advancing to the New York Regional championship game. Southern Maine is also nationally ranked in the preseason polls; they are ranked 11th in DIII by Collegiate Baseball News and are ranked 15th by D3baseball.com. 

Eastern Connecticut State University (21-16, 7-7 LEC) and UMass Dartmouth (25-20, 9-5 LEC) tied for third in the preseason poll after collecting 33 points each. The remaining selections in rank order are Keene State College (15-23, 5-9 LEC), Western Connecticut State University (15-20, 3-11 LEC), Rhode Island College (17-19, 5-9 LEC) and Plymouth State University (19-19, 4-10 LEC). 

2018 LEC Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll

Pl

Institution

Points

First-Place

1

UMass Boston

47

5

2

Southern Maine

45

3

T3

Eastern Connecticut

33

 
 

UMass Dartmouth

33

 

5

Keene State

21

 

6

Western Connecticut

18

 

7

Rhode Island College

15

 

8

Plymouth State

12