RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College is ranked No. 9 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released on Monday. Felician (12-11, including two games on Monday) has won seven of its last nine games and is listed the poll's No. 9 spot for the second consecutive week.
The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 9-7 against regional opponents. Felician has 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 (14-4-1) sits in the No. 2 spot.
Felician is batting .299 as a team, led by a league-leading .400 clip from senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood). Senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is at .380 with 14 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 16 runs batted in, while sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) hits .357 with four home runs and a CACC-high 30 RBI.
Junior left-handers Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, N.J./Red Bank Regional) (4-1, 3.18 ERA) and Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) (3-2, 2.48) pace the Golden Falcon pitching staff.
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 4-2 in CACC play heading into Wednesday's league doubleheader at Philadelphia University.
NCBWA Division II East Region Poll
March 31, 2014
1. Southern New Hampshire (17-7)
2. Wilmington (Del.) (14-4-1)
3. Franklin Pierce (18-10)
4. Stonehill (13-9)
5. Dowling (13-7)
6. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-8)
7. Merrimack (12-7)
8. New Haven (4-5)
9. Felician (11-10)
10. Bentley (8-8)
Others Receiving Votes: Assumption (6-6); LIU Post (6-5).