Felician Baseball Holds Steady At No. 9 In Region

(Photo by Ashley Morris)
(Photo by Ashley Morris)
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 (24-17, 15-5 CACC) is coming off a 5-2 week.

Felician is listed in the NCBWA's regional top 10 for the sixth consecutive week, and in the No. 9 spot for the second week in a row and the third overall. The Golden Falcons' season-high ranking was No. 7 on Apr. 7.

The Golden Falcons own a won-lost record of 21-13 against regional opponents. Felician has played 11 games against the rest of the regional top 10, going 3-8 in those contests. It lost both ends of a road doubleheader to current No. 3 Franklin Pierce University on Apr. 24.

Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week. Wilmington (Del.) University (31-7-1) ascended to the top spot for the first time in 2014 after many weeks at No. 2. Another CACC institution, Nyack College (21-17), received votes.

Felician ranks second in the CACC in both batting average (.293) and earned-run average (3.02). Senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) is third in the conference with a .378 batting average. Senior shortstop Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) is hitting .367 and leads the CACC in hits (61) and triples (10), while sophomore first-baseman Scott  De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian) bats .347 with five home runs and a CACC-high 40 RBI.

Junior left-hander Jerry Vasto (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Henry Hudson Regional) (5-2, 1.59 ERA) has paced the pitching staff of late. The reigning CACC Pitcher of the Week has tossed 17 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 28, 2014

1. Wilmington (Del.) (31-7-1)

2. Southern New Hampshire (32-11)

3. Franklin Pierce (32-14)

4. Dowling (29-11)

5. St. Thomas Aquinas (27-12)

6. Stonehill (25-16)

7. Bentley (20-13)

8. New Haven (19-10)

9. Felician (24-17)

10. Southern Connecticut State (21-13-1)

Others Receiving Votes: Nyack (21-17)