2009 Preseason NCBWA/D3baseball.com Top 25

Cortlands 10th-year head coach Joe Brown leads all active NCAA Division III baseball coaches with a .789 career winning percentage
Cortland's 10th-year head coach Joe Brown leads all active NCAA Division III baseball coaches with a .789 career winning percentage

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

The SUNY Cortland baseball team is ranked first nationally in Division III for the 2009 season in two preseason polls – one conducted by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the other by the Web site D3baseball.com.

Cortland finished 42-5 last season, including a school-record 38-game winning streak. The Red Dragons made their ninth NCAA Division III World Series appearance, all since 1995, and finished tied for seventh nationally. Cortland’s string of 16 consecutive NCAA Division III tournament berths is the longest active streak nationally.

Under the guidance of 10th-year head coach Joe Brown, the Red Dragons will open their season Feb. 20 at Salisbury University of Maryland (ranked 11th by Collegiate Baseball and ninth by D3baseball.com).

In all, Cortland is scheduled to play 10 games versus 2008 NCAA qualifiers – two each versus Ithaca and Keystone (Pa.) and once each against Messiah (Pa.), Webster (Mo.), RPI, Montclair St. (N.J.), Farmingdale and Salisbury.

Brown has a career record of 331-88-1, all at Cortland, and is the NCAA Division III leader among all active coaches with at least five years experience with a .789 winning percentage.

Rk School (first) Last Rec. Pts
1 Cortland State (12) – 42-5 586
2 Chapman (4) – 40-5 578
3 Trinity (Conn.) (7) – 45-1 555
4 UW-Whitewater (1) – 42-10 491
5 Johns Hopkins (1) – 42-8 465
6 Adrian – 36-13 459
7 Kean – 39-11 394
8 Heidelberg – 41-10 392
9 Salisbury – 41-4 385
10 Southern Maine – 36-14 377
11 Wooster – 36-11 338
12 Texas-Tyler – 36-9 318
13 Eastern Connecticut – 32-15 284
14 Linfield – 35-13 275
15 St. Scholastica – 35-6 265
16 Illinois Wesleyan – 33-11 217
17 Marietta – 23-20 175
18 St. Thomas – 34-9 171
19 Wheaton (Mass.) – 34-10 147
20 Lynchburg – 32-13 143
21 Thiel – 29-15 115
22 RPI – 36-12 112
23 UW-Oshkosh – 29-11 89
24 Carthage – 36-10 87
25 Augustana – 34-13 71

Also receiving votes: Rowan 67, Webster 58, Pacific Lutheran 55, Calvin
52, Keene State 50, Piedmont 49, Trinity (Texas) 48, New Jersey 38,
Redlands 29, La Verne 24, Wheaton (Ill.) 21, George Fox 21,
Randolph-Macon
20, Christopher Newport 18, Ithaca 13, St. Olaf 10, Emory 9,
Hardin-Simmons 9, North Carolina Wesleyan 8, UW-Stevens Point 6, Aurora
5,
DeSales 4, Penn State-Behrend 4, McMurry 3, Montclair State 3, Millsaps
2,
Beloit 2, Transylvania 2, Virginia Wesleyan 2, Ohio Wesleyan 2, Ripon 1,
Simpson 1