RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College is ranked No. 9 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Associaton (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released on Monday. Felician (10-9) enters the regional Top 10 for the first time this season on the strength of a five-game winning streak.
The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 7-5 against regional opponents. Felician has already played eight games against the rest of the regional top 10, going 4-4 in those contests.
Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week. Wilmington (Del.) University (11-3-1) sits in the No. 2 spot. Dominican (N.Y.) College (5-7) received votes.
Felician is batting .303 as a team, led by a league-leading .441 clip from senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood). Senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is at .373 with 10 extra-base hits and 14 runs scored, while sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) hits .358 with four home runs and a CACC-high 25 runs batted in.
Junior left-hander Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, N.J./Red Bank Regional) paces the Golden Falcon pitching staff with a 4-0 record and an earned-run average of 2.08.
The NCBWA D-II East voting panel is comprised of nine regional sports information directors, three each from the CACC, East Coast Conference, and Northeast-10 Conference. There are 33 baseball-playing schools in the region.
Felician, guided by 11th-year head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet, is 2-0 in CACC play heading into Friday's league doubleheader at Bloomfield College.
NCBWA Division II East Region Poll
March 24, 2014
1. Southern New Hampshire (14-5)
2. Wilmington (Del.) (11-3-1)
3. Franklin Pierce (16-8)
4. New Haven (4-3)
5. Stonehill (12-7)
6. Dowling (12-7)
7. St. Thomas Aquinas (10-5)
8. Merrimack (9-6)
9. Felician (10-9)
10. Assumption (6-6)
Others Receiving Votes: LIU Post (6-5), Dominican (N.Y.) (5-7)