PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The baseball programs at UMass Boston and University of Southern Maine are both ranked in the top-15 in the nation in the 2018 Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Preseason Poll. UMass Boston will enter the season ranked fifth in the nation with 273 points, placing it just 10 points back of No. 1 ranked SUNY Cortland (283), while Southern Maine is ranked 11th after totaling 255 points.
The defending Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament Champion Beacons posted a record of 38-12 in 2017, setting a program record for wins, and was ranked fifth in the final Collegiate Baseball poll of the year. UMass Boston went on to win the NCAA Division III New England Regional for the second time in program history, and later recorded its first-ever win at the College World Series.
The Huskies posted a record of 34-13 in 2017 and captured their 12th LEC regular season title with a league mark of 12-2 in 2017, and were ranked 17th in the final Collegiate Baseball poll of the season. Southern Maine received an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament and advanced to the New York Regional championship game.