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MIT Voted as Preseason Favorites in Coaches' Poll

MIT Voted as Preseason Favorites in Coaches' Poll

BOSTON, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Atheltic Conference (NEWMAC) has released the annual Preseason Coaches' Poll for Baseball. The reigning conference champions, MIT has been selected as the favorite. Voting for the preseason poll was conducted among the eight head baseball coaches.

The Engineers claimed seven first place votes while #2 Wheaton and 2015 Runner-up earned one. #3 WPI and #4 Babson follow while #5 Coast Guard, #6 Springfield, #7 Clark and #8 Emerson round out the remaining slots.

2016 NEWMAC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank (First Place Votes)

1.MIT (7)

2.Wheaton (1)



5.Coast Guard


7. Clark



MIT baseball had a record setting season, setting a school record for victories (29) and reaching the finals of the NCAA DIII New England Baseball Regional for the first time in program history. The Engineers, who won their second straight NEWMAC title as well in 2015 and will return five starters in the field and all of their top pitchers to defend their title in 2016. Included in the group of returning starters is All-American Austin Filiere who hit .436 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI, and three starting pitchers (Alan Wang, David Hesslink, and Nicholas Locasico) who combined for 16 wins last season.  

Austin Filiere


The Lyons are set to return 21 players from last years team who finished the 2015 season with a 25-15 overall record and a 13-4 NEWMAC mark. The Lyons earned a share of the conference regular season title and also reached the NEWMAC Championship game for the 15th time in the 17-year history of the league this spring.

Justin Silvestro 


The defending West Division champions return a pair of senior All-NEWMAC bats in their lineup this spring.  First baseman Alex Venditti (Newton, MA) batted .371 a season ago with 24 extra base hits, including eight homers, along with 46 runs batted in while outfielder Sean Greene (Hingham, MA) hit .397 with seven home runs among his 20 extra base hits and a team-high 45 runs scored.  Head coach Mike Callahan expects strong offensive from seniors  Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, MA) and DJ Ouellette (Watertown, MA) and strong defensive up the middle with shortstop Nick Comei (Haverhill, MA) and second baseman Vinny D'Ambrosio (Mahopac, NY).  Contributors on the mound look to be sophomore Steven D'Agostino (Shrewsbury, MA) and juniors Mike Vaitkunas (Auburn, MA), CJ Doskocil (Sterling, MA) and Dan Bettigole (South Windsor, CT). 

Alex Venditti


Babson returns six starters, including five of its top seven hitters, after being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament last season. Junior Jake Weiss earned all-league honors after hitting .363 with six doubles, 14 runs batted in, 37 runs scored and 18 stolen bases last spring, while classmate Jack Halpin also garnered All-NEWMAC accolades as he hit .362 with 12 extra-base hits and a team-high 33 RBI in 2015. The Beavers also return two of their top three starting pitchers in senior Nick Ahearn and sophomore Teddy Carey, but must replace Barrett O'Neill, who graduated after winning five times in seven starts a year ago.

Jake Halpin

Coast Guard

 Coast Guard, which was 16-16 overall, 8-9 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), returns seven starters and six of their top seven pitchers. The Bears won a NEWMAC tournament game last year for the first time since 2010 when the fifth-seeded Bears beat fourth-seeded Babson 6-1 in single-game quarterfinal. Sophomore catcher Alex Murdoch, who led the team with a .326 batting average, along with second-team All-conference first baseman junior Timbo Duncan, who hit .301 and  tied the single-season school record with six homers, are back to lead the Bears this season. The Bears return six of their top seven pitchers from last season led by junior lefty Colton Cannon (3-2), who led the team with a 2.52 ERA last season in a team-high 50 innings of work. Sophomore Cody Bain led the team with four saves last season and was second with a 2.66 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.

Timbo Duncan


In 2016, the Springfield College baseball team will be vying for its second NEWMAC West Division title in the last three seasons under the direction of two-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Mark Simeone. The Pride returns a pair of its top hitters from last season, as senior Corey Wilcox batted .302 a season ago. Additionally, sophomore Mark Joao registered a batting average of .278, while registering eight stolen bases and 15 runs in 27 games played in 2016.

Mark Joao


The buzz around the Cougar nine is palpable with a new skipper in JP Pyne, a newly resurfaced field and a host of veterans and several newcomers mixed in. Graduate student David Eschen (pictured) returns for 2016 after leading the team in RBI a season ago, while sophomore sensation Kyle Bonicki is back after hitting .333 in his inaugural season. Sophomore hurlers Patrick Robinson and Conor Walsh look to lead an emerging rotation while junior Joe Gouveia will anchor what looks to be an up and coming group of relievers.

David Eschen


Emerson is eager to take the field this season under new leadership as the Lions announced the hiring of head coach Nick Vennochi '11 back in August. The Lions will kick off the season on March 7th as they square off with Wisconsin-Lutheran followed by a few double headers in Bradenton, Florida.