College of Charleston picked second in CAA preseason baseball poll

College of Charleston baseball coach Monte Lee will lead the Cougars into their first season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. (File photo)

The College of Charleston is ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason baseball poll, according to a vote of the league's baseball coaches.

The Cougars enter the CAA after a 14-year run in the Southern Conference, where Charleston posted a cumulative conference record of 286-148-1 with five SoCon championships and five NCAA Tournament trips.

Charleston went 31-26 and 18-11 in conference last season, finishing second in the SoCon regular season before bowing out in the conference tournament. It marked the fifth straight season in which fifth-year head coach Monte Lee has won at least 30 games and finished in the top five of the conference.

In the CAA poll, Charleston received 41 total points and one first-place vote. Reigning regular season champion and regional rival UNC Wilmington was picked to win the league with 48 points and six first-place votes.

William & Mary, which earned an NCAA at-large bid in 2013, was picked third in the league, while 2013 CAA tournament champion Towson was picked fourth.

The CAA is coming off one of its best baseball seasons ever as three teams received NCAA Tournament berths for the first time since 2001 and seven teams reached the 30-win mark for the first time in league history.


(First-place votes in parentheses)

1. UNCW (6) 48

2. College of Charleston (1) 41

3. William & Mary 35

4. Towson (1) 31

5. Northeastern 21

6. James Madison 17

7. Hofstra 16

8. Delaware 15