Ryan Terry is confident is his former team.
When asked via Twitter what team he thought the NEC baseball coaches would tab first in their annual preseason poll, the 2011 NEC Player of the Year tweeted,
“they gotta be the favorite, 7 returning starters and Pat light/Dan Smith combo. #LightZilla2012 #CBA”
The “they” is Monmouth, a team that will certainly miss Terry and his big bat (he hit a team-high .382 last year) but returns a number of key players from a 2011 squad that won 36 games.
Longtime Monmouth skipper Dean Ehehalt gave his thoughts on the Hawks’ first-place poll finish in a press release on Wednesday.
“It is always exciting to see the preseason poll as that means the season is upon us. There are a bunch of quality teams in the NEC and it is very humbling to be selected first. There are a handful of teams that could have been selected and are equally deserving. We have a very good conference with quality players and coaches and I am certain it will be a great year as always.”
Sacred Heart, the defending NEC Tournament champions, were slotted second in the predicted order of finish. The Pioneers and their Super Bowl champion head coach Nick Giaquinto return their top three arms from one year ago.
Dean Ehehalt heads into his 19th year at the Jersey Shore
2012 NEC Baseball Preseason Poll
1. Monmouth (4)
2. Sacred Heart (4)
3. Central (1)
5. LIU Brooklyn
6. Mount St. Mary’s
9. Fairleigh Dickinson
First-place votes in parentheses ( ).
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In other news, NortheastConference.TV released a video recap of the 2012 NEC Indoor Championships, which unfolded Feb. 11-12 in Landover, MD. Monmouth won the team titles on both the men’s and women’s sides. Hear from Hawks’ head coach Joe Compagni as well as LIU Brooklyn’s Jessie Gaines, a four-time MVP, and others.
– Feb. 15, 2012 –