Wilmington University Baseball Squad to Start 2014 Ranked in Multiple Preseason Polls
Monday, January 6, 2014 - Newark, Del.
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Coming off one its most successful seasons, the Wilmington University baseball team has been ranked in a pair of national preseason polls, reaching as high as eighth in the College Baseball Lineup poll and 26th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.
The 2013 Wildcats went 43-13 overall, winning their third straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship and reached the NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament Championship game for the first time in program history. The team was one win away from reaching its first Division II World Series.
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is regarded as the “official” poll, posted by NCAA.com, where the Wildcats sit in 26th after finishing in a tie for 29th at the end of last season. The Wildcats gathered 561 points, one from cracking the Top 25 and tying Coker to start the season.
The College Baseball Lineup poll listed Wilmington eighth overall, siting the depth of the pitching staff that returns for 2014 and the power atop the lineup as reasons for being voted so high.
The Wildcats are set to play Southern New Hampshire, Millersville, and Shippensburg in 2014, all teams that were mentions in both the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the College Baseball Lineup polls. Wilmington in the lone team representing the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in either poll.
The 2014 season begins Friday, February 21 against Mercyhurt in a play weekend in Petersburg, Va. The Wildcats will also play Mansfield and the College of Saint Rose over the opening weekend.