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Golden Bears Ranked Fifth in Latest NEIBA Poll

Golden Bears Ranked Fifth in Latest NEIBA Poll
NEIBA Poll (4/18)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 19, 2016) -
After a two-week absence from the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III Poll, the Western New England University baseball team has made its return at No. 5 in this week's edition, which was released yesterday afternoon.
 
Western New England (20-5, 7-1 Commonwealth Coast Conference) is coming off a 7-1 week that saw the Golden Bears run their winning streak to a season-high nine games following a 2-1, walkoff victory over Endicott in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. Western New England dropped game two to the Gulls, but quickly got back into the win column yesterday with a 6-3, comeback triumph over Keene State in non-conference action at Trelease Park.
 
The Golden Bears earned 18 points en route to their No. 5 ranking in this week's NEIBA Poll, which is voted on by coaches in the region. Southern Maine topped the poll with 46 points and four first-place votes, while Tufts (41 points, two first-place votes) and Wheaton (36 points) are ranked second and third, respectively. Western New England is one of two CCC programs to appear in the poll, as Endicott is ranked seventh (14 points).
 
The Golden Bears made their debut at No. 3 in the first NEIBA poll of the spring on March 28, following their impressive 8-0, season-opening trip at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. They dropped to sixth in the second edition of the poll, and were unranked each of the last two weeks before making their return yesterday.
 
Western New England will be back in action tonight with a non-conference game at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., before heading to Norton, Mass. on Thursday for a key regional contest at Wheaton. The Golden Bears then return to CCC play over the weekend, with doubleheaders against Wentworth and Nichols on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.