The Central Connecticut baseball team was picked to finish second in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll announced on Wednesday. The Blue Devils were 28-24 overall last season and 19-13 in NEC play, finishing in a tie for third and advancing to the NEC Tournament for the seventh straight season.
Bryant was picked to finish first and is in their first full season of eligibility in the league. The Bulldogs have finished first in the regular season standings in two of the last three seasons but have been ineligible for the conference tournament as they reclassified to Division I status.
Monmouth was picked third, and Sacred Heart, who has won two straight NEC title, was picked to finish fourth in the poll of the league coaches.
2013 NEC PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Bryant (4)
2. CCSU (3)
3. Monmouth (1)
4. Sacred Heart (1)
5. LIU Brooklyn
(first place votes in paranthesis)
NEC PRESEASON COACHES POLL RELEASE
The Blue Devils are coming off a 28-24 season which saw them post a 15-6 home record but lose two straight in the NEC Tournament in May.
First Team All-Conference selections J.P. Sportman, a junior, and Tyler McIntyre, a senior, return to a potent offense that sees six of its top-10 hitters back in 2013. Sportman led the way batting .353 with a team-high 67 hits, 36 runs scored and 33 runs batted in. He hit seven home runs and had 23 extra-base hits.
McIntyre was the All-Conference pick at first base after an impressive junior campaign. He hit .291 with a team-high 10 home runs and 38 runs batted in. He added nine doubles and had 20 extra-base hit while slugghing .529.
Junior Dylan DelaCruz, a Second Team All-Conference pick as a sophomore, is also back after hitting .326 with 62 hits, 25 runs batted in and a team-high 19 doubles. He led the team with 24 extra-base hits.
On the mound Central returns 25 of its 28 wins from a season ago, including senior Jack Greenhouse (four wins) and the sophomore lefty duo of Casey Brown and Cody Brown who combined for 10 wins in their rookie seasons.
Sophomore Brendyn Karinchak added three wins, as did senior Nick Boyd. Add the return of junior righty Nick Neumann, who pitched 72.1 innings and won five games in 2011, and the Blue Devils will post one of the most formidable staffs in the league in 2013.
The Blue Devils open the 2013 season in just two weeks, heading to Navy for a four-game series on March 1-3. The first home game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. vs. UConn.
August 23, 2013 Sportman Earns NECBL MVP Honor
July 11, 2013 Ingham, Frawley Named Ripken All-Stars
July 8, 2013 McIntyre Begins Professional Career
June 18, 2013 DelaCruz Earns ABCA Regional Honor
June 11, 2013 Keep Up With Several Baseball Players This Summer
May 22, 2013 Four Blue Devils Named All-Conference
May 20, 2013 Neumann Named NEC Pitcher of the Week
May 19, 2013 Baseball Wins on Senior Day
May 18, 2013 Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader
May 17, 2013 Baseball Stays Alive in Playoff Hunt
May 15, 2013 Baseball Tops UHart, Hickey Gets 500
May 13, 2013 Brown, DelaCruz Earn Weekly Honors
May 12, 2013 Comeback Leads Baseball to 13-12 Win
May 11, 2013 Baseball Postponed Until Sunday
May 10, 2013 Baseball Splits at Quinnipiac
May 9, 2013 DelaCruz, Brown Lead CCSU to Road Win
May 5, 2013 Baseball Drops Finale to Bryant
May 4, 2013 Baseball Drops Doubleheader on Saturday
May 3, 2013 Bryant Tops Baseball in Series Opener
April 30, 2013 Baseball Tops Albany, 10-1
April 27, 2013 Baseball Stops Iona for Second Straight Win
April 26, 2013 Baseball Shuts Out Iona
April 24, 2013 Baseball Drops Home Contest to Fairfield
April 23, 2013 Baseball Shuts Out Stony Brook, 4-0
April 21, 2013 Wagner Tops CCSU in Series Finale
April 20, 2013 Baseball Sweeps DH at Wagner
April 19, 2013 Baseball Comes Up Short at Wagner
April 16, 2013 Baseball Falls 9-5 at UMass
April 14, 2013 Baseball Earns Sunday Split
April 13, 2013 Baseball Drops Two to Sacred Heart
April 12, 2013 Friday Baseball Game Postponed
April 9, 2013 Blue Devils Top Holy Cross on Tuesday
April 7, 2013 Baseball Wins Series Finale at LIU
April 6, 2013 Baseball Splits Doubleheader at LIU
April 5, 2013 Baseball Drops Opener at LIU Brooklyn
April 3, 2013 Blue Devils One-Hit Rams
March 30, 2013 Baseball Grabs Series Finale at Monmouth
March 29, 2013 Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Monmouth
March 28, 2013 Baseball Falls 3-0 at Monmouth
March 25, 2013 Baseball Falls to Northeastern
March 24, 2013 Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series
March 23, 2013 Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader
March 22, 2013 Blue Devils Open NEC Action at Home
March 22, 2013 Baseball Tops FDU in NEC Opener
March 19, 2013 Baseball Postponed on Tuesday
March 18, 2013 McIntyre Named NEC Player of the Week Again
March 17, 2013 Greenhouse, McIntyre Shine on St. Patrick's Day
March 16, 2013 High Point Tops Baseball on Saturday
March 15, 2013 Baseball Heads to High Point; Follow Live
March 15, 2013 Blue Devils Fall in Opener at High Point
March 13, 2013 Baseball Drops Home Opener
March 12, 2013 Baseball Postponed Until Wednesday
March 10, 2013 Baseball Wins at Villanova
March 9, 2013 Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Saint Joseph's
March 7, 2013 Baseball Schedule Changed for the Weekend
March 4, 2013 McIntyre Named NEC Player of the Week
March 3, 2013 Blue Devils Win Series Finale at Navy
March 2, 2013 Baseball Splits on Saturday at Navy
March 1, 2013 Baseball Wins Season Opener at Navy
February 13, 2013 Baseball Picked Second in Preseason Poll
October 4, 2012 Scribner, A's Win AL West Title on Wednesday
August 22, 2012 DelaCruz, Sportman and Boyd Awarded Post-Season Honors