March 10, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's baseball team has been picked to finish in seventh place in the Little East Conference this spring.
The Corsairs, who tied for sixth in the LEC last season, received 15 points in the conference's annual pre-season coaches' poll. Eastern Connecticut State, which finished second last year, was picked to finish first, with seven first-place votes and 63 points. Keene State, which tied for third last season, received the other first place vote and was picked to finish second, while Southern Maine, last year's regular season champion, was picked to finish third. UMass Boston, Rhode Island College,and Western Connecticut State were picked next, and Plymouth State were picked to finish next.
"Our goals for this season include finishing higher than our pre-season ranking," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Curran. "With hard work, we hope to continue to improve from where we were at the end of last year. The poll should gve us incentive to work harder and get into the upper division in the league."
The Corsaairs will open their 2010 season this Saturday, March 13th against Northland as part of their spring trip to Florida.
UMASS DARTMOUTH BASEBALL
2008 LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE PRE-SEASON POLL
Rank Institution (2009 Record) First Place Total Points 1 Eastern Connecticut State University (39-8, 11-3) 7 63 2 Keene State College (25-16, 8-6) 1 54 3 University of Southern Maine (36-9, 12-2) 48 4 University of Massachusetts Boston (19-22, 8-6) 40 5 Rhode Island College (24-15, 6-8) 32 6 Western Connecticut State University (12-25, 4-10) 22 7 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (12-26, 6-8) 15 8 Plymouth State University (17-25, 1-13) 14