MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team has been selected to finish second in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference, according to the preseason coaches' poll released Wednesday. The Penmen garnered 99 points and four first place votes to trail only Franklin Pierce University, which received the other 12 first-place nods and a total of 108 points.
UMass Lowell, Stonehill College, Saint Anselm College, Bentley University, Merrimack College and Saint Michael's College round out the Northeast Division poll. In the Southwest Division, Le Moyne College garnered 14 of 16 first place votes to place ahead of Southern Connecticut State University and Pace University, which each received one first place nod. University of New Haven, Adelphi University, The College of Saint Rose, Assumption College and American International College round out the Southwest Division.
The Northeast-10 is entering its second season of divisional play, as teams play 21 games within their division and eight more contests of crossover play. The top four teams from each division – based on their 21-game divisional record – will advance to the Northeast-10 Championship. Overall conference record serves as a tiebreaker if teams are tied in divisional play as well as head-to-head record.
The eight-team Northeast-10 Championship opens with single-elimination games on Tuesday, May 7, while the four-team double-elimination portion will take place May 9-11 at the highest remaining seed in the Southwest Division.
Southern New Hampshire is coming off a 43-15 2012 campaign that saw the Penmen capture their first NCAA East Region title and advance to the Division II College World Series. SNHU is ranked No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll and No. 27 in the College Baseball Lineup preseason ranking. SNHU opens its season Friday, February 22 when it takes on LIU Post and Chestnut Hill College in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
1. Franklin Pierce (12) – 38-19-1
2. Southern New Hampshire (4) – 43-15
3. UMass Lowell – 26-20-1
4. Stonehill – 30-19
5. Saint Anselm – 29-25-2
6. Bentley – 28-23
7. Merrimack – 17-32
8. Saint Michael's – 11-29
1. Le Moyne (14) – 43-15-1
2. Southern Connecticut (1) – 31-17
3. Pace (1) – 29-19
4. New Haven – 25-19-1
5. Adelphi – 23-22
6. Saint Rose – 15-29
7. Assumption – 13-21
8. American International – 17-27-1