2017 HBCU Preseason Baseball Polls and Team Previews

A year after ending the 2016 season with the number one poll ranking, Alabama State University opens the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Black College Nines’ 2017 Large School Preseason Baseball Poll for the second year in a row ranked number one.

Alabama State, one of six Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) teams in the top ten, is joined by No. 4 Jackson State University, No. 6 Grambling State University, No. 7 Texas Southern University, No. 8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and No. 10 Southern University.

Florida A&M University, the 2016 final poll third place finisher, opens the season ranked No. 2 and is one of four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams in the preseason top 10 poll. Other conference members include No. 3 Bethune Cookman University, No. 5 Norfolk State University and No.10 North Carolina Central University rounds out the BCN large school division representing NCAA Division I baseball programs.

Edward Waters College concluded last season with the number two ranking and by virtue of one more first place vote, sits atop the HBCU preseason poll this year. The Tigers of EWC was the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) regular season champion and then competed in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) tournament.

The rest of the small school poll, made up of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools, includes No. 2 West Virginia State University, No. 3 Winston-Salem State University, No. 4 Benedict College, No. 5 Miles College, No. 6 Claflin University, No. 7 Selma University, No. 8 Paine College, No. 9 Stillman College and No. 10 Jarvis Christian University.

Please note… in cases of a tie, the higer ranking was determined by first place votes

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For a preview of all the large school baseball programs, please click here and for all the small school baseball programs, please click here.

 

2017 HBCU Large School Preseason Poll
No. School Conference Points * 2016 W-L
1 Alabama State University SWAC 216 (16) 38-15
2 Florida A&M University  MEAC 165 (3) 31-21
3 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 165 (2) 29-25
4 Jackson State University SWAC 133 34-25
5 Norfolk State University MEAC 127 29-21
5 Grambling State University SWAC 103 22-27
7 Texas Southern University SWAC 96 (2) 23-26
8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff SWAC 91 22-25
9 North Carolina Central MEAC 62 25-30
10 Southern University SWAC 45  14-32

* Indicates number of first place votes

2017 HBCU Small School Preseason Poll
No. School Conference Points * 2016 W-L
1 Edward Waters College GCAC 160 (7)  31-13
2 West Virginia State University MEC 160 (6) 32-15
3 Winston Salem State University CIAA 126 (1) 31-22
4 Benedict College  SIAC 112 (2) 27-19
5 Miles College SIAC 102 (2) 32-17
6 Claflin University SIAC 77 (1) 24-31
7 Selma University Independent 77 27-12
8 Paine College SIAC 63 27-20
9 Stillman College Independent 61 (1) 27-24
10 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 61 27-29

* Indicates number of first place votes

 

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