SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After completing the regular season with a 44-10 record, the Bryant University baseball team has been ranked nationally by four different outlets, coming in as high as No. 15, on Monday afternoon.
The Bulldogs move up to 15th in the Perfect Game Top 25, up to No. 21 in the Baseball America Top 25 and they crack the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 and the USA Today Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 29 and No. 23, respectively. Bryant has been ranked in the PG poll for four-straight weeks and the BA poll for two-straight weeks.
Bryant's 44 wins are the second-most in program history and is also the second-most among any team in the country this season. The Bulldogs also finished the season with most road wins in the country (24) and the best run differential (+4.7).
In addition, the Black and Gold are ranked second in sac flies (36), fourth in OBP (.419), seventh in average (.323), seventh in runs (440), eighth in scoring (8.1), 10th in slugging percentage (.490), 11th in doubles (124), 12th doubles per game (2.30), 17th in hits (590), 19th in ERA (3.17) and 26th in home runs (53).
Bryant opens play in the NEC Tournament on Thursday at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., when they take on fourth-seeded Central Connecticut at 12:00 p.m.