Wrentham's Alec Palloca and his Wheaton College baseball teammates are ranked first overall in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25 Preseason Poll after receiving eight first place votes and 594 points total. The Lyons are now ranked first overall in two separate preseason polls with their first place selection to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Preseason Poll earlier this month.
As a sophomore, the righthanded Palloca was 9-1 on the mound with a 1.86 earned run average. He also had 44 strikeouts with only 19 walks. Wheaton went 41-11 in 2012.
Wheaton topped St. Thomas by eight points and Marietta, the defending NCAA Division III national champions, by 16 points to earn the number one spot in the preseason poll. The D3baseball.com Top 25 Poll is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country and is published weekly.
Cortland State checks in at fourth overall in the poll with 564 points while Whitworth rounds out the top-5 with 457 points. Region foes St. Joseph's (Maine), Western New England and Trinity (Conn.) all rank inside the top-25, respectively. St. Joseph's checks in at 14th overall, Western New England ranks 15th and Trinity has been tabbed as the 19th best team in the country.