Jan. 29, 2013
The Army baseball program, which authored an impressive 41-15 record in 2012, received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason poll, which was unveiled earlier this week.
The Black Knights posted an 18-2 conference record a season ago en route to the Patriot League regular-season title. Army went on to capture the conference tournament crown to earn a spot in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional.
Army returns several key members of last season's club, led by six-time All-American Chris Rowley. The senior from Duluth, Ga., collected Patriot League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2012 after breaking the Academy single-season record with 11 victories.
The Black Knights, who shattered a total of 45 school records in 2012, also return sophomore infielder Harold Earls, who was tabbed Patriot League Rookie of the Year and earned Freshmen All-America plaudits last spring after batting .341 with 23 stolen bases.
Arkansas topped the preseason poll, followed by North Carolina and LSU. Vanderbilt and UCLA rounded out the top five.
Army opens its 2013 campaign with a three-game series at UNC Greensboro during the weekend of Feb. 15-17.