Feb. 4, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - The Stony Brook baseball team has been picked to finish in a tie for first place in America East, sharing the honor with defending conference tournament champion Binghamton, the conference office announced Tuesday as part of its preseason coaches poll.
The #Seawolves received three out of a possible six first-place votes. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. Binghamton received three first-place votes, and both team had 31 points. Hartford received the last first-place vote, but was picked fourth (23 points) behind defending regular season champion Maine (28 points).
Rounding out the poll are Albany (17 points), UMBC (9 points) and UMass Lowell (8 points).
This is the sixth time since joining America East that Stony Brook has been declared the preseason favorite, joining the 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013 teams. Stony Brook is a four-time America East tournament champion (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012) and two-time regular season champion (2011 and 2012). In the last four seasons, the #Seawolves have been the most successful member of the conference, going 73-29 (.716) in league play and advancing to the 2012 College World Series.
Stony Brook also has qualified for the America East Championship in eight consecutive seasons, the longest active streak among the current league members.
Under head coach Matt Senk, who is in his 24th season at the helm, the #Seawolves return 19 letterwinners from last season's team, including All-America East first team performers Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.), Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.). They open the 2014 season Feb. 14 with a three-game series at Southern Miss. The home opener is March 4 against Iona, and the first America East series comes March 22-23 against Albany.
2014 America East Baseball Preseason Poll
||Team (First-Place Votes)
||Stony Brook (3)