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Merrimack picked third in NE10 Baseball Coaches Poll

The Merrimack College baseball team was selected to repeat its third-place finish in the Northeast Division as the Northeast-10 Conference unveiled its 2018 Preseason Coaches’ Poll on Thursday morning.

The Navy and Gold finished last season with a 23-21 overall record, but posted their best finish since the NE10 went to a divisional format prior to the 2011-12 year. Merrimack won 15 games to finish third in the division, which featured four sweeps of Northeast opponents.

The Warriors earned 74 overall points, trailing preseason favorite Southern New Hampshire (105) and second-place Franklin Pierce (92) in the poll. The Penmen took home the maximum 14 first-place votes, while the final top-spot tally went to the Ravens. Stonehill (61), Assumption (52), Bentley (49), Saint Anselm (25) and Saint Michael’s (18) rounded out spots No. 4-8 in the division.

On the Southwest side, reigning title-holders New Haven earned top billing, receiving nine first-place votes & 78 points overall to edge out Le Moyne. The Dolphins totaled 75 points and five first-place nods. The final tally for the top spot went to Southern Connecticut, who finished in third with 62 markers. The final few positions went in the order of Pace (56), Adelphi (41), American International (21) and Saint Rose (16).

The Warriors open the 2018 season one week from Saturday when the Navy and Gold travel to Limestone College to face the Saints in a pair of doubleheaders from Gaffney, S.C.

NE10 Preseason Baseball Coaches’ Poll
Northeast Division –
1. Southern New Hampshire – 105 (14)
2. Franklin Pierce – 92 (1)
3. Merrimack – 74
4. Stonehill – 61
5. Assumption – 52
6. Bentley – 49
7. Saint Anselm – 25
8. Saint Michael’s – 18

Southwest Division – 
1. New Haven – 78 (9)
2. Le Moyne – 75 (5)
3. Southern Connecticut – 62 (1)
4. Pace – 56
5. Adelphi – 41
6. AIC – 22
7. Saint Rose – 16

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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