Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Stony Brook Baseball tabbed preseason America East favorite
Maine was followed by Albany and Binghamton. Hartford and UMBC rounded out the poll.
SBU has also been named the preseason favorite to win the America East in Baseball America and is ranked 17th in College Baseball Daily's preseason Mid-Major Top 25.
Among Stony Brook's 20 returning letterwinners are juniors Travis Jankowski (Lancaster, Pa.) and William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.), who have each been named to multiple preseason All-American teams.
Also returning are All-America East selections, seniors Pat Cantwell (West Islip, N.Y.) and Tyler Johnson (Chatsworth Calif.) as well as 2011 America East Rookie of the Year Brandon McNitt (Chino Hills, Calif.).
SBU opens the 2012 season against Alabama State and Nicholls State at the Colonel Round Robin Tournament on Feb. 24 and will host 20 games at Joe Nathan Field.