RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College is ranked No. 8 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released today. Felician (17-13, 9-3 CACC) is coming off a 3-2 week.
Felician is listed in the NCBWA's regional top 10 for the fourth consecutive week. It slipped one spot from last week's season-high ranking of No. 7.
The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 14-9 against regional opponents. Felician has played seven games against the rest of the regional top 10, going 2-5 in those contests. It dropped a 12-4 decision to current No. 4 Dowling last Wednesday.
Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week. Wilmington (Del.) University (23-4-1) sits in the No. 2 spot. The Golden Falcons and No. 20-nationally ranked Wildcats meet today in Lyndhurst in their conference doubleheader. CACC member Nyack College (16-12) received votes in this week's poll.
Felician is batting .292 as a team, led by a .384 clip from senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard). In 32 games, Brill has 16 extra-base hits, 28 runs scored, 24 runs batted in, and nine stolen bases. Senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) is hitting .379, while sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) hits .349 with five home runs and a CACC-high 34 RBI.
Sophomore right-hander John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) (3-3, 2.29 ERA, 3 saves) has paced the pitching staff of late, having tossed 23 consecutive scoreless innings.
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.
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
NCAA Division II East Region Poll
April 14, 2014
1. Southern New Hampshire (28-8)
2. Wilmington (Del.) (23-4-1)
3. Franklin Pierce (25-12)
4. Dowling (22-8)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (20-12)
6. Stonehill (18-14)
7. Bentley (16-10)
8. Felician (17-13)
9. New Haven (11-8)
10. Southern Connecticut State (14-10-1)
Others Receiving Votes: LIU Post (12-10); Merrimack (15-15); Nyack (16-12); Adelphi (15-14)