In the past ten years, the SNHU baseball team has had consistent success. The program has won four NE10 championships in its history; two of which have come in the last two seasons. Not only are the Penmen ranked number one in the NE10 preseason coaches poll, but they are also ranked seventh in the nation by NCAA.com.
The team has six bats returning to the lineup and three pitchers returning to the rotation; three of these players have earned regional accolades. Pitchers Trevor Anibal (’24) and Josh Roberge (graduate student), as well as utility man Cristian Mercedes (’24), were named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-East Region team.
Anibal also received national recognition, being added to the NCBWA Preseason All-America Honorable Mention list. Last season, Anibal went 6-0 out of the bullpen with a 1.83 earned run average (ERA) according to snhupenmen.com.
Cementing himself in Penmen lore, Anibal is just the 13th Penmen in the program’s illustrious history to earn All-American status, according to snhupenmen.com. Anibal is thankful for the award and sees it as motivation as SNHU baseball begins its season.
“I feel honored to be given this kind of preseason award,” said Anibal. “This [award] gives me more motivation to play well this season and help my team take care of our unfinished business from last year in the World Series.”
Entering the season as one of the veterans, Anibal emphasized that experience will help the team get over the hump this year and, hopefully, win some more rings.
“I think we have a great team this year and a lot of players who are going to have big seasons,” said Anibal. “This team has a lot of older veteran guys who have a lot of experience in big games. I think this team can be really special and I’m excited to start the season and get to work.”