Dec. 29, 2003
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Johns Hopkins University baseball team, which finished the 2003 season with a 34-7 record and two wins shy of an appearance in the NCAA Division III World Series, is ranked sixth in the 2004 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Preseason Poll, it was recently announced. The Blue Jays received 239 points, just 12 fewer than preseason number one Eastern Connecticut St. The Blue Jays are the highest ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic Region and are JHU is the only Centennial Conference team ranked in the top 30.
Head coach Bob Babb, who will enter the 2004 season ranked seventh among active Division IIII coaches in winning percentage (.722) and 13th in victories (649) will have the luxury of returning seven starting position players and every pitcher from last season. The Blue Jays won a third straight Centennial Conference Championship and made their 12th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2003.
Headlining the group of returning players is junior centerfielder Paul Winterling (Glenelg, MD/McDonogh), who was named the 2003 Centennial Conference Player-of-the-Year. Winterling hit .397 with 12 home runs with 13 doubles and 46 RBIs last season and earned First Team All-Mid. Atlantic Region honors and First Team All-Centennial honors. He became the sixth Johns Hopkins player to be named Centennial Conference Player-of-the-Year.
On the mound senior Jeremy Brown (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) will anchor a pitching staff that returns all 11 players who appeared in a game last season. Brown was named the Centennial Conference's Pitcher-of-the-Year last season as he posted an 8-2 record with a 3.27 ERA with 77 strikeouts against just 28 walks.
Johns Hopkins will open the 2004 season on February 27 when the Blue Jays host Salisbury.
2004 Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
NCAA Division III Preseason Poll (Top 10)
1. Eastern Connecticut State 43-9 251
2. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 37-8 250
3. Christopher-Newport (VA) 35-9 247
4. Chapman (CA) 39-12 246
5. Trinity (CT) 27-12 243
6. Johns Hopkins (MD) 34-7 239
7. DeSales (PA) 30-14 237
8. Cortland State (NY) 35-11 234
9. Carthage (WI) 35-8 230
10. Wooster (OH) 30-13 229
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