LSU Eunice ranked No. 1 in preseason NJCAA baseball poll

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EUNICE, La. – For the second straight campaign, LSU Eunice baseball has been tabbed as the number one ranked team in the NJCAA Division II Preseason Poll, the organization announced on Monday. The weekly poll is voted on by a committee of NJCAA baseball coaches.

The defending NJCAA National Champions receiving seven of the eight first place votes with Kellogg, Lincoln Land, Pearl River and Madison College rounding out the top five. There are five teams from Region 23 in the poll.

This marks the sixth time under Jeff Willis that LSU Eunice has been given top billing in the NJCAA polls. The Bengals have been ranked first or second in the NJCAA rankings the last 17 years.

“We are obviously humbled by the ranking that comes from our peers but ultimately it’s a reflection of last year’s team,” LSU Eunice head coach Jeff Willis said. “This group of young men need to understand that it only means they have a very large target on their backs and will need to come ready to compete each night out.”

LSU Eunice was also named the number one team in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll that was released last month.

The Bengals will face off with two teams ranked in the preseason top five, hosting second ranked Kellogg for a weekend series and playing a neutral site game against number four Pearl River.

National Tournament MVP Peyton LeJeune headlines the offensive returners with ten other Bengals back that made at least a start during the 2021 Championship season. LSUE pitching could be a strength as the Bengals will see three of its best ERAs back as well as two starting arms from their World Series run with Luke McGibboney and Dalton Burrell back in the fold.

LSUE opens the season this Friday with a home contest against North Lake College. The action from Bengal Stadium gets underway at 6:00PM and be seen via video stream on the all-new LSUE Digital Network.

2022 NJCAA DII Baseball Poll | Preseason – 01-24-22

Place Name Points 1st Place
1 Louisiana State University Eunice 159 7
2 Kellogg Community College 133 0
3 Lincoln Land Community College 129 0
4 Pearl River Community College 127 0
5 Madison College 120 0
6 Lansing Community College 114 1
7 Kirkwood Community College 108 0
8 Meridian Community College 101 0
9 Black Hawk College-Moline 86 0
10 Patrick & Henry Community College 83 0
11 McHenry County College 66 0
12 Frederick Community College 65 0
13 Catawba Valley Community College 54 0
14 East Central Community College 52 0
15 Phoenix College 51 0
16 Parkland College 51 0
17 Itawamba Community College 50 0
18 Lackawanna College 38 0
19 Southeastern Community College 33 0
20 Western Oklahoma State College 19 0

Receiving Votes: Chesapeake, Brunswick, Hinds, Miles, Pasco-Hernando, Bismarck State, Mesa, Jackson, Iowa Central, Lake Michigan

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