Friday, February 17, 2012
College Baseball Opening Day
I'd like to take the time to wish all of our college baseball-playing readers healthy and productive seasons, including my co-writers of the blog and hosts of the radio show Norm and JCole and all of their teammates. Many teams in the north east are looking to break out and challenge for spots in the NCAA tournament and respective conference championships. Here is how some local squads are predicted to finish in the upcoming season.
URI- 2nd in A10, open this weekend at William and Mary before playing at Vanderbilt, College of Charleston and CS Northridge among others.
UConn- 3rd in Big East, coming off of a record season for a New England team, making it to Super Regionals. Will deal with the loss of two players who went top 20 in last year's draft.
Hofstra- 10th in CAA, open at Florida State this weekend before playing Notre Dame later in the month.
Bryant- 3rd in NEC. An up and coming team that is regarded as a high level team in New England, the Bulldogs are coming off of a 30 win season.
Boston College- 5th in ACC Atlantic Division. Looking to improve on a down year, BC will have to deal with 5 ranked teams in conference-- not including powerhouse Virginia.
Holy Cross- 4th in Patriot League. Coming off of a 24 win season, the Cross boasts the league's top rated draft prospect, 3b/rp Mike Ahmed.
Division 3 pre-season top 25 teams from New England: Eastern Connecticut (12), Western New England (15), Wheaton (18), Tufts (24).