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LEC Poll: Plymouth State sixth

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth State University baseball team was picked sixth in the Little East Conference (LEC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll in a vote by the league’s head coaches.

The Panthers, led by seven-year skipper Clay Jenkins, earned 25 points in the poll. A sixth-place showing would get PSU back to the LEC Tournament for the first time since the 2018 season.

Eastern Connecticut earned eight first-place votes and is the preseason favorite with 64 points. Southern Maine grabbed the other first-place vote to finish with 55 points, while UMass Boston was third with 48 points. Rhode Island College (43) and UMass Dartmouth (40) finished fourth and fifth, with PSU in the six-spot with 25 points. Castleton (22), Keene State (14) and WestConn (13) rounded out the bottom three spots in the poll.

Plymouth State posted an 8-16 record (4-12 LEC) while competing solely against Little East Conference schools in 2021. PSU narrowly missed out on qualifying for the tournament after finishing seventh in the final regular season standings.

The top six teams will make this year’s LEC Tournament with the number one seed hosting the entirety of the double-elimination tournament from May 11–13.

The Panthers kick off the new season with a double header against Eastern Nazarene at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass. on Feb. 19, before heading to Fort Myers, Fla. for the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, where PSU will play 10 games in eight days. Plymouth State is set to open the home slate on Apr. 2 against Eastern Connecticut in the LEC opener.

Spectators will be allowed at Parish Field and, as an outdoor sport, there will be no facemask requirements. Masks remain required when entering any PSU indoor facilities.

2022 LEC Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll (FPV)

  1. Eastern Connecticut – 64 points (8)
  2. Southern Maine – 55 points (1)
  3. UMass Boston – 48 points
  4. Rhode Island College – 43 points
  5. UMass Dartmouth – 40 points
  6. Plymouth State – 25 points
  7. Castleton – 22 points
  8. Keene State – 14 points
  9. WestConn – 13 points


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