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Chargers, Penmen Chosen as Preseason Favorites by NE10 Coaches
MANSFIELD, Mass. – New Haven 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 it's annual NE10 Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll today.
New Haven topped the Southwest Division standings with 78 total points, including nine first-place votes, while So. New Hampshire claimed the top spot in the Northeast Division with 104 points and 14 first-place nods. As coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams, the Penmen received every first-place vote possible.
The full results of the coaches' vote is below.
The Penmen are coming off of a 43-win campaign a year ago which saw them advance to the East Regional Championship. New Haven, meanwhile, won the NE10 Championship last season and will be looking to repeat as conference champions this spring. The Chargers also earned a spot in the NCAA East Regional field.
Three different teams claimed first-place votes in the extremely-tight Southwest Division voting. Le Moyne finished just three points behind New Haven, and the Dolphins received five first-place selections. Southern Connecticut recieved the other first-place vote on that side. In the Northeast Division, Franklin Pierce was picked to finish second and received the other first-place selection.
The 2018 baseball season begins tomorrow as Bentley heads to national power Tampa for a three-game series. This year's NE10 Baseball Championship is scheduled to begin with First Round games on Tuesday, May 8. Championship Weekend is set for Thursday, May 10- Saturday, May 12 and will be hosted by the highest remaining seed from the Northeast Division following First Round play.
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