Baseball Ranked in Two National Polls; Modica Named CAA Pitcher of the Week

Posted: April 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mike Modica
Mike Modica
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The Mason baseball team has won a school-record 21 straight home games, is in first place in the CAA, is 26-5 on the season and just had its first sweep of UNC Wilmington since 1999.

On Monday, the Patriots added another pair of honors to their resume: Mason is ranked in a pair of national polls for the first time in school history.

The Patriots are currently No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Top 30 poll. They, along with Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Eastern Illinois and Minnesota all entered the poll this week.

Only Coastal Carolina, at 19th, entered the poll higher than Mason. In the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30, Mason entered the poll at 30th, replacing UNCW, which held that ranking last week.

Pitcher Mike Modica was honored on an individual level for his performance in the sweep of UNCW by being named CAA Pitcher of the Week. He limited UNCW to one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings with six strikeouts. Modica tied the school record for career starts while picking up his fifth win of the season and the 16th of his career.

Mason has 430 points in the Collegiate Baseball poll, just behind East Carolina (24th), New Mexico State (23rd), Florida (22nd) and Texas A&M (21st). The Patriots are ahead of Georgia Southern (26th), Eastern Illinois (27th), San Diego State (28th), San Diego (29th) and Minnesota (30th).

In the NCBWA poll, Mason sits behind Alabama (29th), Ohio State (28th), Oregon State (27th), San Diego (26th) and Florida (25th).

Nipping at Mason’s heels are Boston College, BYU, Dallas Baptist, Eastern Illinois and Georgia Southern.

The 21-game home winning streak is the longest active streak in the nation.

In Wednesday’s 12-0 win over Liberty, Spencer Wiggins tripled his career home run total, Scott Krieger broke the school’s career RBI record, Justin Bour hit his third home run in the past two days and Kris Mengle was superb in his fourth start of the year.

Mason has a three-game series with Towson at Spuhler Field this weekend, with Friday’s game at 3 p.m., Saturday’s game at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s game at 1 p.m.

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