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Mercer Baseball Ranked Third Nationally in NJCAA Division II Preseason Poll

1/9/18


2017 World Series Team

The MCCC Vikings baseball team, ranked third in the nation in the Collegiate Baseball News preseason poll, will be seeking a return to the NJCAA World Series championship game during the 2018 season..

WEST WINDSOR – Winter may still be upon us, but eyes are already turning toward the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) “boys of summer.” The Mercer baseball team was recently ranked among the nation’s elite as they seek a return trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series.

In its recent preseason coach’s poll, Collegiate Baseball News ranked the MCCC Vikings third nationally among Division II schools. Kankakee (Ill.) Community College, which defeated Mercer in the World Series championship game, is ranked first.

“Being ranked this high in the preseason shows the respect our program has earned,” said MCCC Head Coach Kevin Kerins. “The challenge to our program each year is to make sure we continue to earn the respect not only regionally, but on a national level.”

With a record of 48-14, the Vikings concluded 2017 as national runner-up after reaching the Division II World Series Championship game for the first time in program history. Nationally, the team ranked in the top ten in runs scored, hits, and doubles, and ranked second in home runs (80) and extra base hits (230). The team also ranked fourth in stolen bases with 142, ninth in on-base percentage (.445), and fifth in slugging percentage (.554).

On the pitching side, Mercer hurlers ranked 15th nationally in earned run average at 3.42, and had the ninth lowest batting average against at .249.

Even though Mercer lost two All-Americans and Major League Baseball draft picks in Dennis Brady and Anthony Peroni, the Vikings have several key transfers and incoming players who can help the Vikings reload. Kerins said he is looking forward to contributions from Delaware State University transfers Cole Davis, a 6’6” right handed pitcher, and catcher Ciaran Devenney.

Two other notable transfers are first baseman Jimmy Versage, who played last season at University of Louisiana-Monroe, and mid-year transfer Chris Mormile, who played at Wagner University. Freshman outfielder Dominic Boselli, from Holy Spirit High School, is also expected to be a strong presence for the Vikings. Dominic is the brother of two former MCCC players: Robert who played 2015-16, and Anthony, a member of the 2016 and 2017 teams.

“We have a lot of new players this season to bolster our already strong roster,” Kerins said. “I think the release of the preseason polls hits home with this year’s team, but we must continue to earn everything. We know how high the bar has been set.”

The Vikings will open their season with a doubleheader at Cumberland on Feb. 17. Mercer will be hosting the Region 19 Tournament May 11-12, and will host the Northeast District Championship if they repeat as regional champions. The winner of the District Championship will advance to the NJCAA World Series in Enid, Okla.

 

 

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