The University of Southern Maine baseball team doesn't play its first game until this Saturday but the Huskies are already ranked #8 in the nation in Division III. How's that for respect.

Ed Flaherty begins his 34th year at USM with 1,004 wins. Later this year, he'll be inducted into the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame.

The team just ahead of the Huskies in the D3baseball.com national poll is UMass-Boston, another team from the Little East Conference.

The USM roster includes former Bangor High School players Andrew Hillier and Tyler Parke.

Other players from the North Region of high school baseball include Jake Dexter (Messalonskee HS), Gage Feeney (Washington Academy), Dylan Hapworth (Winslow) and Devin Warren (Messalonskee HS).

The Huskies are coming off a 30-15 season that ended in the championship round of the NCAA New York Regional.

2019 D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25, Week 2

Through games of Sunday March 3, 2018

#School (1st votes)RecPtsPrev.
1Wooster (15)0-05991
2Rowan (7)1-05572
3Christopher Newport (1)8-05307
4Trinity (Texas) (1)8-35233
5Swarthmore0-04826
6Randolph-Macon1-14644
7Mass-Boston (1)0-04319
8Southern Maine0-035111
9Texas Lutheran7-43415
10Huntingdon12-033522
11UW-Whitewater1-23118
12Chapman9-330116
13Concordia-Chicago2-129612
14Keystone0-029013
15Webster4-124317
16Cortland3-4-122710
17Salisbury5-2-119720
18Cal Lutheran7-2178rv
19Piedmont11-317225
20Johns Hopkins5-1141rv
21Misericordia4-312614
22Babson1-212418
23Oswego State1-211515
24Concordia (Texas)11-198rv
25Kean7-196rv