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 today. Felician (19-15, 11-5 CACC) is coming off a 2-2 week.
Felician is listed in the NCBWA's regional top 10 for the fifth consecutive week. It slipped one spot from last week's ranking of No. 8; its season-high was No. 7 on Apr. 7.
The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 16-11 against regional opponents. Felician has played 11 games against the rest of the regional top 10, going 5-6 in those contests. It split a doubleheader with current No. 2 Wilmington (Del.) University on Apr. 14.
Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week, along with Wilmington. Another CACC institution, Nyack College (18-14), received votes.
Felician ranks second in the CACC in both batting average (.286) and earned-run average (3.17). Offensively, senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is hitting .367 (3rd in the CACC) with 17 extra-base hits, 29 runs scored, and 27 runs batted in. Brill tops the conference in hits (51) and triples (8). Senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) is hitting .359, while sophomore first-baseman Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) bats .355 with five home runs and a CACC-high 36 RBI.
Junior left-hander Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) (4-2, 1.85 ERA) has paced the pitching staff of late, having tossed a three-hit shutout against Wilmington on Apr. 14.
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
Division II East Region Poll
April 21, 2014
1. Southern New Hampshire (29-10)
2. Wilmington (Del.) (26-5-1)
3. Franklin Pierce (27-14)
4. Dowling (24-9)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (23-12)
6. Stonehill (21-15)
7. Bentley (18-10)
8. New Haven (14-8)
9. Felician (19-15)
10t. Merrimack (17-16)
10t. Southern Connecticut State (15-12-1)
Others Receiving Votes: Nyack (18-14)