RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University is ranked No. 2 in the current National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Region Poll, according to balloting released today.
Following a 3-2 week, Felician (23-9) occupies the No. 2 spot for the fourth consecutive week. The Golden Falcons own a 20-7 record against fellow members of the East, including a 4-2 mark against other teams in the regional top 10.
Felician is one of two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) members to be ranked this week. Wilmington (Del.) University (22-13) is in the No. 7 spot.
Felician was ranked No. 20 in last week's NCBWA national Division II poll. The next version will be released late Tuesday, the same day the Golden Falcons face Philadelphia University (14-21) in a non-conference doubleheader in Lyndhurst, N.J.
Felician has six regulars batting at least .330, and is hitting a CACC-best .312 as a team. Senior outfielder Ronnie Grant (Burlington, N.J./Burlington Township) is hitting .374 and slugging .667 with four home runs, 27 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. Senior outfielder Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) batting .370 with a homer, 29 runs and 25 RBI and junior shortstop Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) is at .364 with 19 extra-base hits, 38 runs and 21 RBI.
Three Golden Falcon starting pitchers have four victories and an earned-run average under 3.00 – senior right-hander John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) (4-1, 1.83), junior righty Rob Naughton (Levittown, N.Y./Chaminade) (4-0, 2.45) and junior lefty Jason Polgano (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) (4-2, 2.58).
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 14th-year head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet, is in first place in the CACC at 14-2.
NCBWA Division II East Region Poll
April 17, 2017
1. Southern New Hampshire (9) 25-6
2. Felician 23-9
3. St. Thomas Aquinas 21-12
4. Southern Connecticut State 19-8-1
5. Le Moyne 21-10
6. Franklin Pierce 20-10
7. Wilmington (Del.) 22-13
8. New Haven 15-7
9. Pace 22-10
10. Adelphi 19-14