CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – The East Coast Conference (ECC) Baseball Preseason Poll was released late last week, predicting the Queens College baseball team to finish fifth in the conference standings. The Knights notched 11 points in the poll, which is voted upon by the league's head coaches.
St. Thomas Aquinas College took the top spot with 34 points and four first-place votes. Molloy and Bridgeport were second and third, respectively, while LIU Post was tabbed fourth. Queens was picked ahead of Mercy, which came in at No. 6 in the poll.
The Knights enter the new season after a much-improved 2016 campaign. Queens posted an overall record of 22-26 and 9-15 in ECC play last season after the Knights had registered a combined total of 23 wins over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The 22 victories were the most wins for Queens since 1998 when the Knights went 29-9.
Fourth-year head coach Chris Reardon returns a number of key contributors from the 2016 squad, including first team all-conference infielder Kevin Kolesar, who finished third in the ECC with a .350 batting average last year. The Knights also bring back All-ECC second-teamers Joe Morris and Joseph Broderick.
Queens is set to begin its 2017 season down in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the Knights will take on Northeast-10 Conference opponents New Haven, No. 9 Franklin Pierce, No. 3 Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill. The Knights will kick off the new season on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. against New Haven.