2019 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 1 (3/04/19-3/10/19)

North Carolina A&T University tops the first edition of our Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season Top 10 baseball poll in the large school division as announced by Black College Nines (BCN) on March 12, 2019.

The Aggies, who began the year ranked No. 1 in the BCN Preseason Top 10 have won games with pitching and hitting. After a 3-1 week, won their weekend games and won the series against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rival North Carolina Central to improve to 9-6 received the most first-place votes and total points in the “large school” division which is made up of NCAA Division I baseball programs. NC A&T started the season winning its first 3 games.

Southern University ranks No. 2 for the first poll, with Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman and Coppin State rounding out the top five. Big movement in the ranking has Grambling State in at No. 6. Delaware State is the new entrant into the Top 10 at No. 7 followed by No. 8 North Carolina Central, No. 9 Florida A&M and Jackson State rounding out the Top 10.

Kentucky State grabs the top spot in the “small school” division, made up of NCAA Division II schools as well as those in the NAIA and USCAA. Since the start of the season, the Thorobreds have thrown two no-hitters which includes winning 9 of the teams first 10 ball-games. KSU from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), has had solid pitching building a 10-2 record and enters the HBCU baseball No 1 spot for the first time in the program’s history.

The following rest of the small school poll includes No. 2 Winston-Salem State who started the season winning it’s first 10 games, No. 3 Jarvis Christian College, No. 4 Claflin University, No. 5 Florida Memorial University, No. 6 Selma, No. 7 Wiley College, No. 8 Talladega College top NAIA baseball program across the nation strength of schedule, No. 9 Harris Stowe State and No. 10 Benedict College.

Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Ranking Committee determines the Top 10 rankings for both large schools and small schools. Records indicated are through March 10.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leads all conferences with 6 teams in the Top 10 while in the small school the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference follows with three representatives.

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: 227
963
Bethune Cookman University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 173
784
Coppin State University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 221
655
Delaware State University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 250
577
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 2-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 278
6149
Grambling State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 249
786
Jackson State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 283
61210
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 192
961
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 280
6108
Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 4-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 214
962
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Alabama A&M, Norfolk State, Prairie View, Texas Southern

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... None

 


Small School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Benedict College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 1-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: Not Indicated
3210
Claflin University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 177
1274
Florida Memorial University (SUN)
This Past Week: 4-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 237
14105
Harris Stowe State University (AWC)
This Past Week: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 286
11119
Jarvis Christian College (RRAC)
This Past Week: 6-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 201
1693
Kentucky State University (SIAC)
This Past Week: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: Not Indicated
1021
Selma University (USCAA)
This Past Week: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: Not Indicated
526
Talladega College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 1-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 116
10128
Wiley College (RRAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 260
13107
Winston Salem State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 3-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 195
1372
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Albany State, Bluefield State, Edward Waters, Miles College, Texas College, Tuskegee, Virginia State, West Virginia State

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... none

 


2019 Poll Dates (with links to poll results):
Pre-Season
Week 1 (March 12, 2019)
Week 2 (March 26, 2019)
Week 3 (April 9, 2019)
Week 4 (April 23, 2019)
Week 5 (April 30, 2019)
Week 6 (May 7, 2019)
Week 7 (May 14, 2019)
Week 8* (May 21, 2019)
*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 31 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 21st, 2019 on the Black College Nines’ website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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