BASEBALL RANKED 18TH IN NCBWA PRESEASON TOP-25 POLL AND SECOND IN EAST REGION POLL; THREE DOLPHINS NAMED ALL-REGION
Irving, Texas – The defending Northeast-10 Conference champion Le Moyne College baseball team is ranked 18th nationally in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason Poll, as announced by the association late Friday night. Additionally, the Dolphins are ranked second in the NCBWA East Region Preseason Poll, while seniors Casey Cannon (Manasquan, N.J./Saint Rose/U. of Delaware), Kevin Carroll (Jamesville, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) and Zack Wiley (Toluca Woods, Calif./Crespi) were selected to the Preseason All-East Region First Team.
The Dolphins, who won the Northeast-10 Conference Championship last year in their first year in the conference, earned 101 points in the 25-team poll. Le Moyne is the second of two East Region teams ranked amongst the Top 25 in the nation. Franklin Pierce recorded 197 points to rank ninth in the poll after going 38-19-1 last year and advancing to the Northeast-10 Championship game and the East Regional semifinals, where they were defeated by the Dolphins in both. Defending East Regional champion Southern New Hampshire is the first team listed among those "also receiving votes" with 23 points after posting a 43-15 record last season.
Delta State, which went 49-15 last year en route to an appearance in the national championship game, received three first-place votes and 283 points to claim the top spot in the poll. St. Mary's (49-12) received a poll-best four first-place votes and ranks second with 279 points after winning the South Central Regional last year. Central Missouri (48-9) and Mount Olive (44-10) each earned a first-place vote to land in third and fourth place, respectively. Defending national champion West Chester (38-10) landed in fifth place with 252 points after garnering the final three first-place votes.
In the East Region poll, Franklin Pierce earned five of the nine first-place votes to land in the top spot with 79 points. The Dolphins finished one point behind the Ravens after receiving two first-place votes, while Southern New Hampshire picked up the final two first-place votes to place third with 76 points. Wilmington, which knocked off the Dolphins in the opening game of the East Regional last year, is fourth in the poll with 44 points, while Stonehill is fifth with 39 points. Three other members of the Dolphins' schedule landed in the top-10. Southern Connecticut is eighth, defending Northeast-10 Southeast Division champion Pace is ninth and Dowling from the East Coast Conference is 10th.
Cannon, a Northeast-10 Conference Second Team and the ABCA East Region First Team selection last year, went 9-0 with a 1.42 earned run average, 61 strikeouts, three shutouts and one save in 82 and one-third innings pitched over 14 appearances, including 10 starts. His nine victories tied for the most in the East Region, while he ranked third in the nation in fewest hits allowed per nine innings at 5.2. His earned run average was the eighth-best mark in the country.
Carroll, a Third Team All-Northeast-10 Conference honoree as a junior, went 1-1 with a 1.35 earned run average and a region-best 11 saves. In 20 innings over 18 appearances out of the bullpen, Carroll registered 22 strikeouts.
Wiley, a Northeast-10 Conference and ABCA East Region First Team selection and a member of the NCBWA East Region Second Team, hit a team-best .346 last year, while posting team-highs of 15 doubles (10th in the East Region), 48 runs batted in (tied for fifth in the region), a .458 on-base percentage (fifth in the region) and a .481 slugging percentage. He scored 52 runs and drew 38 walks, both of which ranked fifth in the region, while his 74 hits were tied for the sixth-best.
The Dolphins open the season with a three-game series at #3/4 Mount Olive. First pitch of the doubleheader on Saturday, February 16 against the Trojans is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.