SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University baseball team is ranked No. 6 in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper coaches preseason poll. The No. 6 mark is the highest preseason ranking for the Sea Gulls since the 2002 season when they started off the year ranked No. 5.
SU collected 258 points for the No. 6 ranking, which is just three points behind No. 5 State University of New York at Cortland. The Sea Gulls and the Red Dragons will test their rankings early in the season, when they faceoff in a doubleheader at the SU Baseball Field on February 21.
Salisbury has a three-point cushion over No. 7 University of Southern Maine, a team that finished last season with a 37-15 record and made it to the 2014 NCAA Division III World Series before losing to Emory University.
The reigning national champions, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, sit at the top of the poll with 273 points after defeating Emory 7-0 in the championship last season. Emory holds up the No. 2 spot with 270 points, while No. 3 University of St. Thomas has 268 points. Linfield College rounds out the top four, collecting 265 points after boasting a 37-9 record last season.
Salisbury is the lone team from the Capital Athletic Conference to be ranked in the top-30 poll.
The Sea Gulls finished the season with a 37-9 mark after winning the CAC Championship against Christopher Newport University and making it all the way to the College World Series before falling to Southern Maine, 6-3.
SU will start its season on February 7 at home against Gwynedd Mercy University. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.
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