Concordia Chicago Eighth, Aurora RV in Collegiate Baseball D-III Preseason Poll

Concordia Chicago Eighth, Aurora RV in Collegiate Baseball D-III Preseason Poll

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
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater (33-8) 281
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
13. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (34-10) 249
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
38. Texas-Dallas (32-17) 185
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.