WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW, who has won the last two Colonial Athletic Association regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament both times, was picked to win the league in 2014 in a vote of the league’s head baseball coaches.

The Seahawks, who received six of a possible eight first-place votes, topped the circuit with an 18-8 record last season, one year after posting an impressive league-leading 24-6 mark. For UNCW, it was the program’s eighth regular season title.

“The league is coming off a great season where three teams reached the NCAA Tournament,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. “Many talented players return and the league looks to be as deep as it ever has been. We’re looking forward to getting back on the field and competing.”

Pitching will bolster the Seahawks in 2014 as 12 pitchers who combined for 487-of-543.2 innings (89.5%) return, including all six pitchers who started a game. Heading up that staff are reigning CAA Pitcher-of-the-Year Mat Batts and All-CAA selections Jordan Ramsey and Kelly Secrest.

In the field, five positional starters return including All-Conference honorees Ryan LaGrange, Luke Dunlap, Terence Connelly and Corey Dick.

Conference newcomer College of Charleston was picked second and received one first-place vote. William & Mary, who earned an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament was picked third and followed by defending conference champion Towson, who also received a first-place vote. Northeastern, James Madison, Hofstra and Delaware rounded out the poll in order.

UNCW opens the season with the Hughes Bros. Challenge on Feb. 14-16 with VMI, Kentucky and Virginia visiting Brooks Field for the weekend.

  School 2013 Overall 2013 CAA
1. UNCW (6) 38-23 18-8
2. Col. of Charleston (1) 31-26 18-11 (SoCon)
3. William & Mary 39-24 17-10
4. Towson (1) 30-30 14-13
5. Northeastern 31-26 12-15
6. James Madison 25-30 11-15
7. Hofstra 26-27 11-16
8. Delaware 33-22 15-12