Felician Baseball Rises To No. 7 In D-II East Region

(Photo by Paul Gornowski)
(Photo by Paul Gornowski)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College is ranked No. 7 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released today. Felician (14-11, 6-2 CACC) has won nine of its last 11 games.

Felician is listed in the NCBWA's regional top 10 for third consecutive week, with its No. 7 position a season high. The Golden Falcons were the region's ninth-ranked squad for each of the last two weeks.

The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 11-7 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 (16-4-1) sits in the No. 2 spot. The Golden Falcons and Wildcats saw their CACC doubleheader last Friday rained out and rescheduled for Apr. 14.

Felician is batting .301 as a team, led by a league-leading .405 clip from senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood). Senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is at .392 with 16 extra-base hits, 22 runs scored and 22 runs batted in, while sophomore first-baseman Scott  De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) hits .341 with four home runs and a CACC-high 32 RBI.

Sophomore right-hander John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) (2-3, 2.78 ERA, 3 saves) has paced the pitching staff of late, tossing complete games in his last two starts and allowing no earned runs in that stretch.

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, next competes on Tuesday, when it travels to Chestnut Hill College for a 4 p.m. CACC doubleheader in Norristown, Pa.


Division II East Region Poll - April 7, 2014

1. Southern New Hampshire (21-7)

2. Wilmington (Del.) (16-4-1)

3. Franklin Pierce (21-11)

4. Dowling (17-8)

5. Stonehill (16-12)

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (16-10)

7. Felician (14-11)

8. New Haven (8-7)

9. Bentley (12-10)

10. Merrimack (14-11)

Others Receiving Votes: Adelphi (13-11); LIU Post (10-8); Southern Connecticut State (11-9-1).