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Panthers, Penmen Chosen as Preseason Favorites by NE10 Coaches
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Adelphi and Southern New Hampshire have been projected to win their respective divisions of the Northeast-10 Conference by the league’s head coaches, as the league released the NE10 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll this morning.
Adelphi topped the Southwest Division standings with 84 total points, including five first-place votes, while So. New Hampshire claimed the top spot in the Northeast Division with 77 points and six first-place nods.
The 2017 NE10 Baseball Championship is scheduled to begin first round games on Tuesday, May 9. Championship Weekend is set for May 11-13 and will be hosted by the Southwest Division.
The Penmen are coming off of a 50-win season, which saw them claim the 2016 NE10 Baseball title, and advance to the NCAA East Region Finals. Adelphi, meanwhile, finished 25-22 a year ago and fell to Saint Rose in the First Round of the NE10 Championship.
Four different teams claimed first-place votes in the extremely-tight Southwest Division voting. After Adelphi, only one point seperated second and third, with Pace receiving 81 points and Le Moyne receiving 80. In the Northeast Division, Franklin Pierce was picked to finish second with 99 points, including three first-place nods.
2017 NE10 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. So. New Hampshire - 109 (12)
2. Franklin Pierce - 99 (3)
3. Merrimack - 82
4. Stonehill - 77
5. Assumption - 60
6. Bentley - 50
7. Saint Anselm - 33
8. Saint Michael’s - 22
1. Adelphi - 84 (5)
2. Pace - 81 (5)
3. Le Moyne - 80 (4)
4. New Haven - 54
5. So. Connecticut - 46
6. Saint Rose - 42
7. AIC - 26
(#) – indicates first-place votes
ABOUT THE NE10
The NE10 is an association of 15 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes.
Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 sports, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.