Boston, Mass.—UMBC baseball was picked to finish in second place, as voted on by the league coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday. The Retrievers finished 2015 in second place, losing in the America East Championship game to Stony Brook, 16-11.
Defending champions Stony Brook were picked first earning four first-place votes and 34 points. The Retrievers were just behind them with 32 points and the remaining three first-place votes, the highest pick in program history. Hartford and Maine were picked third and fourth with 25 and 20 points each. Binghamton (18), Albany (11) and UMass Lowell (7) round out the seven team league.
"It is an honor to be chosen second in the poll, and it really shows how hard the guys have worked on the field to gain the respect of the coaches in this league," head coach Bob Mumma said about the poll.
The Retrievers are coming off their best season in program history, winning 34 games and advancing to the America East Championship game for the first time in program history. UMBC returns seven of nine starters, including five pitchers who made starts last season.
UMBC opens up the 2016 campaign at Wake Forest Friday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 21. The Retrievers will kick off the season against VMI with a doubleheader on Friday, before playing a single game against host Wake Forest on Saturday. UMBC and local-rival Georgetown square off on Sunday with a single game starting at noon.