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Golden Bears Break into ABCA National Poll at No. 28

Golden Bears Break into ABCA National Poll at No. 28


Western New England is 13-1 over last 14 games

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 10, 2018) –
Coming off a 5-0 week and a 16-4 start to the 2018 campaign overall, Western New England University has broken into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Collegiate Baseball Division III national poll at No. 28, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon. 

Western New England, which was among teams receiving votes in last week's edition of the poll, earned 44 points this week to crack the national Top-30.

The Golden Bears are currently riding a seven-game winning streak, and they have won 13 of their last 14 contests overall.

Western New England opened Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play with doubleheader sweeps of both Eastern Nazarene and Salve Regina last Thursday and Saturday, respectively, before posting a 13-5 victory over Westfield State on Sunday.

Earlier this season, the Golden Bears turned in a 7-1 showing at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

Western New England has been one of the top offensive teams in the country so far this spring. The Golden Bears are scoring 9.2 runs per game over their first 20 contests, good for 15th nationally among 384 Division III programs. The WNE offense has been particularly lethal lately, piling up 85 runs during its seven-game winning streak.

The pitching staff has also been among the most effective nationally with a 3.15 team earned run average that ranks 31st in DIII.

In addition to their national ranking, the Golden Bears climbed from seventh to third in the latest New England poll, which was released on Monday.

Western New England (16-4, 4-0 CCC) is scheduled to host Westfield State and Eastern Connecticut in non-conference contests on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, leading up to Saturday's CCC showdown with No. 20 Endicott at Trelease Park.