STANDISH, Maine – The first NCAA DIII Baseball Regional Rankings have been released and Saint Joseph's College is fifth in the New England Region.
The Monks, regionally and nationally ranked for the better part of the season, are currently listed 20th and 22nd in the latest D3Baseball.com/NCBWA and ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national polls, respectively, and fourth in the most recent New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) regional poll.
In the first NCAA DIII Regional Rankings of the 2017 campaign, Salve Regina (27-5) is listed first, while Wheaton College (22-9), Southern Maine (22-6), UMass.-Boston (21-9), and Saint Joseph's round out the top five New England programs. WPI (24-10), Westfield State (23-5), Tufts University (19-5-1), Mitchell College (22-10), and Suffolk University (20-9) close out the top 10.
Babson College (17-13), MIT (16-10-1), UMass.-Dartmouth (19-13), and Western New England (19-12) placed 10th – 14th.
Saint Joseph's has played five of the top 10 teams in the regional rankings and has posted a 4-3 collective record, including victories over Salve Regina, WPI (2), and Suffolk.
Saint Joseph's, 26-6 overall through April 27th, has five regular-season games remaining before the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament begins next week. The Monks host Norwich University and play at Anna Maria College in GNAC doubleheaders Friday and Saturday, respectively, and cap the 2017 docket with a home game versus MIT on Monday.
The NCAA Regional Ranking Committee considers a myriad of components, including Win-loss percentage against Division III opponents, strength-of-schedule, Opponents' Average Winning Percentage (OWP), and Opponents' Opponents' Average Winning Percentage (OOWP). For a complete list of the information involved in creating a Regional Ranking, view criteria used to select Pool B and Pool C teams (D3Baseball.com).
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.