2018 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 4 (4/16/18-4/22/18)

Jackson State University holds on to its No. 1 ranking for the second week in a row in Black College Nines’ 2018 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll in the large school division, as announced on April 24, 2018.

The Tigers of Jackson State, 26-14 overall and 15-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) was a unanimous No. 1 pick by the voters. JSU went 3-1 during the week and also received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Top 30 Poll.

North Carolina A&T University moved into the No. 2 spot as Alabama State University dropped a spot to No. 3. Grambling State University climbed two slots to No. 4. Florida A&M University leaped to No. 5.

The remaining large school top 10 poll is as follows… North Carolina Central University No. 6, Texas Southern University No. 7, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff No. 8, Bethune Cookman University No. 9, as Coppin State University rounds out the No. 10 spot.

In the small school poll, Winston Salem State University becomes the new No. 1 ranked team in the Top 10 poll presented by Black College Nines. The Rams, 27-16 overall, are also ranked in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Atlantic Region Top 10 Poll.

Virginia State University becomes the No. 2 ranked team going 2-0 in this past week’s action on the diamond. Miles College moved up one spot to No. 3, previous week’s No. 1 Harris Stowe State University dropped to No. 4, as Albany State University leapfrogs to No. 5.

Rounding out the remaining small school HBCU Baseball Top 10. West Virginia State University preserved its previous week’s No. 6 ranking, Florida Memorial University No. 7, Talladega College falls to No. 8, Edward Waters College drops to No. 9 and Texas College maintains its previous week’s No. 10 ranking respectfully.

The two divisional polls are as follows…


Large School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Alabama State (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 246
21193
Arkansas Pine-Bluff University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 4-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 275
16178
Bethune Cookman University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 156
17249
Coppin State University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 281
151910
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 258
19225
Grambling State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 297
21194
Jackson State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 202
26141
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 230
22182
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 219
22216
Texas Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 232
19227
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: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 223
22165
Edward Waters College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 2-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 481
25219
Florida Memorial University (SUN)
This Past Week: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 270
24197
Harris Stowe State University (AWC)
This Past Week: 1-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 358
29204
Miles College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 295
25163
Talladega College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 1-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 325
24218
Texas College (RRAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 599
252410
Virginia State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 463
23132
West Virginia State University (MEC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 389
23166
Winston Salem State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 319
27161
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Benedict College, Jarvis Christian College, Stillman College, Tougaloo College

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... None

 


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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