Ravens receiving votes in NCBWA poll; third in East Region poll
Jabs has earned his first career weekly award from the Northeast-10.
RINDGE, N.H. (April 23, 2014) – Freshman third baseman Jay Jabs (Schwenksville, Pa.) of the Franklin Pierce University baseball team has been named Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week for the week ending on April 20, as announced Monday by the Conference office. In addition, Franklin Pierce is now ranked No. 28 nationally in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll and is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll, as well as third in the NCBWA East Region Poll, as announced Tuesday.
In a 2-2 week for the Ravens last week, Jabs put together a .333/.529/.667 slash line, good for a 1.196 OPS, over 12 at-bats (4-for-12). He hit one double and one home run, scored four runs, drove in three, drew four walks, was hit by one pitch, struck out three times and stole three bases in three attempts.
On the season, Jabs is hitting .235/.312/.399 through 153 at-bats (36-for-153), while playing all 41 games at third base. He has hit eight doubles, one triple and a team-leading five home runs, scored 27 runs, driven in 24, walked 16 times against 31 strikeouts and stolen nine bases in 10 attempts. Jabs is currently tied for third in the Northeast-10 in home runs. It is his first career weekly honor from the Conference office. For Franklin Pierce, it is the fifth Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week selection of the season, as second baseman Kyle Hood has been honored three times and left fielder Chris LaVorgna once.
Franklin Pierce (27-14 at the cut-off for this week's polls) is ranked No. 28 nationally in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll. The 10th weekly poll of the season sees the Ravens pick up 43 points, down 61 points from a week ago, and drop back down two spots after spending last week at 26th. Franklin Pierce is the only East Region team in the 30-team poll, though Wilmington (Del.) (26-5-1) is the first team to appear among teams "Receiving Votes" in the poll. At the top of the poll, defending national champion Tampa (42-2) had a 3-0 week and piled up 480 points to remain No. 1 for the 10th straight week.
The Ravens are also in the "Also receiving votes" section of the NCBWA Poll. The 10th weekly poll of the season sees the Ravens pick up nine points, up two points from a week ago, and remain among teams receiving votes for the sixth straight week. Franklin Pierce is the fourth team outside the poll, putting the club 29th in the nation. Two East Region teams appear in the 25-team poll, as Southern New Hampshire (29-10) moved up two spots to No. 10 despite a 1-2 week, while Wilmington held steady at No. 20 for the third straight week. At the top of the poll, Tampa collected all 12 first-place votes to remain the unanimous No. 1 pick for the ninth consecutive week and spend its 10th straight week at the top of the poll.
Franklin Pierce is ranked tied for 30th nationally in this week's College Baseball Lineup Top 30 Rankings. The 12th weekly ranking of season sees the Ravens hold in the tie for 30th for the third straight week. Franklin Pierce is among three East Region squads in the 33-team rankings, as Wilmington held at 11th for the second straight week, while SNHU tumbled seven spots into the four-way tie for 30th. Up front, Tampa holds on to the top spot for the 11th consecutive week.
Franklin Pierce is currently third in the NCBWA East Region Poll. The ninth weekly regional poll of the season sees the Ravens collect 69 points, down four points from a week ago, to remain third for the sixth straight week. SNHU collected five of nine available first-place votes and 86 points to hold the top spot for the sixth straight week, while Wilmington picked up the four remaining first-place votes and 85 points to narrowly remain second in the 10-team regional poll for the sixth consecutive week. Beyond the Ravens and Penmen, teams from the Northeast-10 also occupy five other spots in the poll: Stonehill (21-15) is sixth, Bentley (18-10) is seventh, New Haven (14-8) is eighth and Southern Connecticut State (15-12-1) and Merrimack (17-16) are tied for 10th.
The first official NCAA regional rankings, which ultimately determine the field for the NCAA Championship, are expected to be released later on Wednesday.
The Ravens return to the field later Wednesday afternoon, when they travel to Saint Anselm for a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division contest. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Sullivan Field in Manchester, N.H.
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