FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland baseball team was tabbed fifth in the 2020 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Baseball Preseason Poll, the league announced today (Feb. 5).
Defending CAC champion Christopher Newport along with Salisbury tied for the top spot in the 2020 Capital Athletic Conference Baseball Preseason Poll. The Captains and Sea Gulls both totaled three first-place votes and 23 points to outdistance third-place York (17 points) in a vote among the conference head coaches.
Southern Virginia finished fourth in the voting with 11 points, followed by Mary Washington and St. Mary’s College who each tied for fifth place with eight points.
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland baseball team heads into their 2020 campaign looking to build off of their eight-win season from last year. The Seahawks return six bats to their starting lineup and eight pitchers who made starts on the mound last season. The starting lineup is highlighted by 2019 All-CAC Second Team selection Bowen Plagge. The Seahawks will be led by fourth-year head coach Bernie Stratchko.
The Seahawks will open up their season on Feb. 18 when they host Catholic at the Hawk’s Nest beginning at 2:30 p.m. Next, St. Mary’s College will host McDaniel on Feb. 20, Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) on Feb. 21, Washington College on Feb. 21, and Utica on Feb. 23. In March, the Seahawks will begin conference play when they travel to York on the 28th.
The CAC Tournament will once again feature the two-pod format as introduced two seasons ago, with all six programs competing in the postseason event spread across two weekends. The opening weekend (May 1-2) will feature a pair of three-team, double-elimination pods hosted by the top two seeds. The winners of those pods will square off the following weekend (May 8-9) at the highest remaining seeds’ field.