Back-to-Back defending champion Endicott College has been voted as the favorite to win this spring after receiving all nine first-place votes for a total of 81 points. Roger Williams University was selected second after earning a total of 66 points. Salve Regina University claimed third with 65 points, while 2014 CCC championship runner-up Western New England placed fourth after receiving 58 points to round out the top billing.
Western New England was in a state of transition and unfamiliar territory with a 19-20-1 overall record last season. The Golden Bears, however, still finished 11-5 in the CCC and battled Endicott in the conference championship game.
Second-year head coach Dan Gomez will be seeking to keep the tradition-rich program in the upper-echelon of the conference race with a roster comprised of six seniors, 14 juniors, six sophomores and eight freshmen. The list of returnees includes three-time all-CCC and -region senior pitcher Trevor Breton, junior all-conference shortstop Kevin Marciano and sophomore all-CCC third baseman Daniel Morin. Senior first baseman Steve Buckley has hit nine home runs and 88 runs batted in during his WNE career.
2015 CCC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll
|Team||Points (1st Place)||2014 All||CCC/Finish|
|1.||Endicott||81 (9 votes)||34-16||13-3/1st|
|4.||Western New England||58||19-20-1||11-5/T-3rd|
All nine CCC baseball teams will start their quest for the 2015 conference title within the next two weeks. The top six teams in the 2015 regular-season standings will qualify for the conference tournament, which gets under way Thursday, April 30, and will continue through Sunday, May 3.
Click HERE to view the 2015 CCC baseball composite schedule.
After having its opening weekend of Feb. 27-Mar. 1 wiped out due to the weather, Western New England now is shifting its focus of playing its first games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational during its spring break trip from Friday, March 13, to the following Friday.
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