W&J Ranked In ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Final National Poll
WASHINGTON, Pa. – After earning its highest finish at a NCAA Division III Regional in May, the Washington & Jefferson College baseball team earned the No. 30 spot in the final ABCA/Collegiate Baseball national Top 30 poll on Monday.
National champion Linfield (Ore.) finished as the top-ranked team with a 42-8 record and all 16 first-place votes. Southern Maine (46-10), Ithaca (41-8), Kean (39-13) and Trinity, Texas (40-9) rounded out the top five. W&J played five teams that ended the season ranked and owned a 4-3 record against those programs (No. 8 Manchester, No. 16 Marietta, No. 27 Illinois Wesleyan, No. 28 Case Western Reserve, No. 29 Wooster).
The Presidents (33-13), who finished the 2012 season as the ABCA poll’s 21st-ranked team, placed third at the Mideast Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana, after posting a 3-2 record. W&J entered the regional as the No. 5 seed and defeated No. 4 Illinois Wesleyan (5-3), No. 3 Wooster (8-7, 13 innings) and No. 6 Thomas More (11-8, 15 innings).
Washington & Jefferson won its ninth Presidents’ Athletic Conference baseball championship to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team’s 33 victories were the fourth-highest total in Presidents’ history, a school-record seven of which came by shutout.
W&J’s 9-3 victory over Thomas More in the PAC Tournament championship game marked Head Coach Jeff Mountain’s 300th career victory. Mountain has guided the Presidents to a 303-170-1 record (.640) in 11 seasons on campus. Since 2009, W&J has produced at least 30 victories four times and has won nearly 70 percent of its games (155-70).
The 2014 season already looks promising as Mountain returns six of the team’s top seven hitters as well as all nine pitchers who threw at least 10 innings, including ABCA/Rawlings and D3baseball.com All-America right-hander Eddie Nogay (Weirton, W.Va./Madonna).