2018 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 3 (4/9/18-4/15/18)

Jackson State University retains the No. 1 slot in Black College Nines’ 2018 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll announced on April 17, 2018.

The Tigers, 23-13 overall and 13-5 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), received the most first-place votes and total points in the “large school” Top 10 poll.

Major changes occurred throughout the entire large school poll this week. Alabama State University climbs to the No. 2 spot, North Carolina A&T University moved up two spots to No. 3, North Carolina Central University tumbled two spots to No. 4 and Texas Southern University climbed four spots to No. 5. The remaining large school top 10 teams include No. 6, Grambling State University No. 7 Coppin State University, No. 8 Florida A&M University, No. 9 University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and No. 10 Bethune Cookmen University.

For the first time in school history, Harris Stowe State University becomes HBCU baseball’s No. 1 ranked “small school” team. The Hornets, are 28-17 overall and 13-10 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC).

Noteworthy changes took place from the previous poll rankings. Winston Salem State University leaps two spots to No. 2, Miles College moved up four spots to No. 3, Virginia State University climbs two spots to No. 4 as Talladega College slipped from No. 3 into No. 5. The rest of the small school poll. West Virginia State University No. 6, Albany State University (who received votes in the last poll) is in at No. 7, while slipping seven spots to No. 8 is Edward Water College and Florida Memorial University falls to No. 9.  Re-entering the top 10 for the second time this season, Texas College rounds out the Top 10.

The two divisional polls are as follows…


Large School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Alabama State (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 254
20152
Arkansas Pine-Bluff University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 283
12169
Bethune Cookman University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 176
142210
Coppin State University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 284
13177
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 259
16228
Grambling State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 282
18186
Jackson State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 195
23131
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 225
19163
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 216
21184
Texas Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 5-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 236
16205
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Mississippi Valley State University, Norfolk State

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... None

 


Small School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Albany State University (SIAC)
This Past Week: 4-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 222
19157
Edward Waters College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 0-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 439
23188
Florida Memorial University (SUN)
This Past Week: 0-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 282
24199
Harris Stowe State University (AWC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 344
28161
Miles College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 283
23143
Talladega College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 345
23175
Texas College (RRAC)
This Past Week: 4-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 602
242210
Virginia State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 5-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 458
21134
West Virginia State University (MEC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 379
20146
Winston Salem State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 6-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 347
25142
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Benedict College, Claflin University, Jarvis Christian College, Paine College, Stillman College, Tougaloo College

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... Benedict College, Jarvis Christian College

 


2018 Poll Dates (with links to poll results):
Pre-Season
Week 1 (March 13, 2018)
Week 2 (April 3, 2018)
Week 3 (April 17, 2018)
Week 4 (April 24, 2018)
Week 5 (May 1, 2018)
Week 6 (May 8, 2018)
Week 7 (May 15, 2018)
Week 8* (May 22, 2018)
*Final Poll

The voting committee is made up of an informed and impartial group of individuals who follow college baseball on all levels, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) baseball. Included in the group are college athletic administrators and educators, college baseball writers and other sports journalists and broadcasters, former HBCU and other college ballplayers and above all else… college baseball enthusiasts who have an interest in promoting HBCU baseball.

As the college baseball season concludes, champions will be named in two divisions… the “large school” division will be composed of the 19 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and a “small school” division made up of the 32 HBCU schools with NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and independent status.

The crowning of Black College Nines National Champions will be announced on Tuesday, May 22rd, 2018 at Noon (EST) on the Black College Nines’ website and Facebook pages.

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