Release courtesy of Concordia Chicago athletics communications
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – After a record setting 2018 campaign, the Concordia University Chicago baseball team has high hopes for 2019. After finishing last season just one win away from the World Series final in Appleton, the Cougars earned a lot of national respect, finishing ranked fourth in the national polls. CUC will open the 2019 ranked eighth by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper which was released Thursday. Fellow NACC program Aurora University is also receiving votes.
"This program has seen its share of success over the past decade," remarked CUC head coach Mike Stawski. "That success has reached new heights over these past few years with a couple appearances at the College World Series. While these rankings have come a little more frequent to us then in the past, we do not take it for granted. We know there are countless programs out there working really hard to get their name on this list and we do not diminish its importance. We feel very honored to be ranked with many of these outstanding programs and we look forward to living up to the ranking."
The number eight ranking is the second-highest preseason mark that the Cougars have ever received from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. With their 2019 ranking, CUC has also now been ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll every season since 2014 including three top ten appearances (2015, 2018, 2019).
The Cougars will open the 2019 season on the road in Louisville, Kentucky at Spalding University before heading down to Florida for their annual spring break trip.
Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division III Preseason Poll
(Dec. 19, 2018)
|Rank||Team (2018 Final Record)||Points|
|1.||Wooster, OH (40-10)||285|
|3.||Swarthmore, PA (38-11)||279|
|4.||Trinity, TX (33-9)||275|
|5.||Misericordia, PA (37-15)||272|
|6.||Texas Lutheran (42-12)||269|
|7.||Randolph-Macon, VA (38-9-1)||267|
|8.||Concordia-Chicago, IL (40-15)||264|
|9.||UMass Boston, MA (37-10)||260|
|10.||Rowan, NJ (35-11)||257|
|11.||Cortland St., NY (35-12)||254|
|12.||Southern Maine (30-15)||252|
|14.||Oswego St., NY (30-14)||246|
|15.||Webster, Mo (38-10)||243|
|16.||Christopher Newport, VA (35-12)||240|
|17.||Babson, MA (35-12)||237|
|18.||Rhodes, TN (32-16)||235|
|19.||College of New Jersey (29-11)||233|
|20.||Keystone, PA (34-12)||230|
|21.||Chapman, CA (35-13)||228|
|22.||Franklin, IN (39-5)||226|
|23.||La Roche, PA (35-10-1)||223|
|24.||Salisbury, MD (34-12)||219|
|25.||Wabash, IN (32-17)||217|
|26.||Adrian, MI (35-12)||215|
|27.||Shenandoah, VA (35-12)||212|
|28.||North Central, IL (29-14)||210|
|29.||Baldwin Wallace, OH (33-14)||207|
|30.||Roanoke, VA (31-11)||204|
|31.||Ithaca, NY (30-17)||203|
|32.||Western New England, MA (32-15)||201|
|33.||Saint John’s, MN (33-8)||199|
|34.||Cal. Lutheran (22-18)||197|
|35.||Ramapo, NJ (35-15)||195|
|36.||Denison, OH (32-12)||192|
|37.||Concordia, TX (29-17)||187|
|39.||Otterbein, OH (30-16)||184|
|40.||Case Western Reserve, OH (29-10)||181|
Also Receiving Votes: Birmingham-Southern (AL), Willamette (OR), Dubuque (IA), Bethel (MN), Redlands (CA), Kean (NJ), Washington-St. Louis (MO), Aurora (IL), Suffolk (MA), Arcadia (PA), Catholic (DC), Marietta (OH), Berry (GA), La Verne (CA), Gwynedd Mercy (PA), Piedmont (GA), Linfield (OR), Heidelberg (OH), DeSales (PA), Methodist (NC), Johns Hopkins (MD), Tufts (MA), Farmingdale St. (NY), Augustana (IL), Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), St. Thomas (MN), Salve Regina (RI), Westfield St. (MA), Chicago (IL), Piedmont (GA), Monmouth (IL), Thomas More (KY), Castleton (VT), Penn St. Behrend (PA), Union (NY), Saint Joseph’s (ME), Endicott (MA), Penn St. Abington (PA), SUNY Old Westbury (NY), St. John Fisher (NY).
Note: 2018 NCAA Division III national champion Texas-Tyler is not ranked because the school is transitioning into NCAA Division II.