Feb. 13, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
The Patriot League released its annual baseball preseason poll today and the Midshipmen were picked to finish third. The poll is voted on by the conference's head coaches and sports information contacts. Holy Cross and Army shared the top spot as each received 45 points. Holy Cross received six first-place votes and Army garnered five. The Mids received 32 points to take third place, followed by Bucknell at 29, Lafayette at 15 and Lehigh with 14. Bucknell also received one first-place vote.
For the first time ever, the Patriot League also announced a Preseason All-Patriot League Team. Senior starting pitcher Ben Nelson and senior outfielder Greg Dupell both earned a spot on the team, which was also selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information contacts. Nelson sported a 3.72 ERA last season and his 67 strikeouts ranked third in the conference. Dupell was second in the conference in RBI with 44, while his .319 batting average ranked fifth.
The top-four teams in the regular season will earn a bid to the Patriot League Tournament, which will begin May 11-12 with a best-of-three semifinal series being played at the top-two seeds. The two winners will then play at the site of the higher seed in a best-of-three championship series on May 18-19 with the winner earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Navy opens regular season play this weekend with a three-game set at Norfolk State. The Mids begin the conference portion of their schedule on March 31 when they travel to West Point, N.Y., to take on Army.
2013 Patriot League Baseball Preseason Poll
1. Holy Cross, 45 points (6 first-place votes)
1. Army, 45 (5)
3. Navy, 32
4. Bucknell, 29 (1)
5. Lafayette, 15
6. Lehigh, 14
Preseason Player of the Year: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross (Jr., 3B)
Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Chris Rowley, Army (Sr., SP)
SP: Chris Rowley, Army (Sr.)
SP: Ben Nelson, Navy (Sr.)
RP: John Colella, Holy Cross (Sr.)
C: Joe Abeln, Lehigh (Jr.)
1B: Jordan Enos, Holy Cross (Sr.)
2B: Kevin Casey, Lafayette (Sr.)
SS: Alexis Maldonado, Holy Cross (Sr.)
3B: Mike Ahmed, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Brandon Cipolla, Holy Cross (Jr.)
OF: Greg Dupell, Navy (Sr.)
OF: Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DH: Mark McCants, Army (So.)