2018 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 6 (4/30/18-5/6/18)

Jackson State University retains its No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive week in Black College Nines’ 2018 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll in the large school division, as announced on May 8, 2018.

The Tigers, 30-15 overall and 17-7 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), went 2-0 during the week and also continues to receive votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Top 30 Poll.

There were no changes for No. 2 through No. 4 as Alabama State University, North Carolina A&T University, and North Carolina Central University retained their previous week’s rankings.

Significant movement occurred within the remaining large school top 10 poll slots… Texas Southern University moved up one spot to No. 5, Florida A&M University also jump one spot to No. 6 and  Grambling State University fell two spots to No. 7. The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff retained the No. 8 ranking while Coppin State University and Bethune Cookman University flip-flopped the No. 9 and No. 10 rankings, respectively.

In the small school poll, for the first time in school’s history Albany State University becomes the No. 1 ranked team in the small school Top 10 poll presented by Black College Nines. The Golden Rams went 5-0 for the week and claimed its second SIAC Championship in three years with an impressive run through the tournament going 3-0. Miles College slipped to No. 2.

There were also major changes throughout the remaining small school top 10 rankings. Winston Salem State University slipped to No. 3, while Virginia State University maintained the No. 4 ranking, Talladega College jumped four spots into No. 5, Florida Memorial University climbed to No. 6, Edward Waters College moved up one spot to No. 7, West Virginia State University fell to No. 8, Harris Stowe State University dropped to No. 9, and Selma University stayed in at No. 10.

 

The two divisional polls are as follows…


Large School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Alabama State (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 221
27202
Arkansas Pine-Bluff University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 270
20218
Bethune Cookman University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 0-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 177
183110
Coppin State University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 271
19229
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 247
23256
Grambling State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 275
23227
Jackson State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 206
30151
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 246
26223
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 229
27234
Texas Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 237
23265
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Norfolk State

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... None

 


Small School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Albany State University (SIAC)
This Past Week: 5-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 199
28161
Edward Waters College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 416
30247
Florida Memorial University (SUN)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 214
26216
Harris Stowe State University (AWC)
This Past Week: 0-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 365
30249
Miles College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 3-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 301
32192
Selma University (USCAA)
This Past Week: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: Not Indicated
131210
Talladega College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 246
26235
Virginia State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 438
26154
West Virginia State University (MEC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 394
28208
Winston Salem State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 0-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 300
30193
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Claflin University, Jarvis Christian College, Kentucky State, Texas 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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