February 19, 2013

Lions Break into NCAA Top 30 After Hot Start

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hours after being voted as the sixth best team in the South Region by the NCBWA, Saint Leo baseball is receiving national recognition—checking in at No. 28 in the Division II Baseball Poll on NCAA.com.

At 10-2 and off to one of the best starts in program history, first-year head coach Sean O'Connor and the Lions have now won nine in a row after beating Albany State on Monday night.

"It nice to be ranked in top 30 poll, but we have a lot of work to do," O'Connor said. "12 games in and we have had a good start, but we know our conference schedule is demanding. To win Sunshine State Conference games we will have to continue to play better each week."

Most recently, the Lions swept a four-game road trip—taking three games from the University of West Alabama and one from Albany State. The Lions have ridden their starting pitching and relied on timely hitting to win close ball games.

Up next is a regional showdown against Florida Tech on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Melbourne, Fla.

NCAA Division II Baseball Rankings

RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Mount Olive 10-0 476 1
2 Delta State 6-0 468 2
3 Tampa 6-1 444 4
4 Catawba 10-1 436 3
5 Cal State Chico 8-0 404 8
6 South Carolina-Aiken 8-1 400 5
7 West Florida 8-1 388 6
8 Lander 8-2 366 7
9 Central Missouri 6-1 362 9
T10 Minnesota State-Mankato 0-0 320 10
T10 Indianapolis 2-0 320 13
12 Franklin Pierce 0-0 314 11
13 St. Mary's (Texas) 8-3 288 15
14 Grand Valley State 0-0 268 14
15 Angelo State 8-3 260 11
16 UNC Pembroke 9-0 240 17
17 St. Cloud State 4-1 220 18
18 UC San Diego 8-3 210 21
19 Alabama-Huntsville 9-2 190 20
20 Belmont Abbey 8-0-1 182 23
21 Sonoma State 6-2 154 NR
22 Southern New Hampshire 0-0 140 22
23 St. Edwards 7-3 122 30
24 Incarnate Word 9-1 92 NR
25 Cal Poly Pomona 9-2 74 27
26 Southern Arkansas 8-3 64 28
27 West Chester 0-3 62 25
28 Saint Leo 9-2 50 NR
29 Carson-Newman 7-4 46 NR
30 Mercyhurst 2-1 36 29