2020 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week One (3/2/20-3/8/20)

Alabama State 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 10, 2020.

The Hornets, currently on a HBCU Baseball best seven game winning streak, (13-3 overall and 3-0 in the SWAC) after a weekend three-game sweep of Mississippi Valley State. ASU stayed undefeated in conference play and swept its third consecutive series with excellent pitching and hitting.

Jackson State University ranks No. 2 in the first poll, with North Carolina A&T University, Southern University and Alcorn State University rounding out the top five. Grambling State University comes in at No. 6. with Texas Southern, Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M and North Carolina Central rounding out the Top 10.

For the second year in a row, Kentucky State University  tops the first “small school” poll which is made up of NCAA Division II schools as well as those in the NAIA and USCAA. The Thorobreds are off to a programs best record to start the season, (12-6) overall. KSU from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), has had solid pitching, timely hitting and come from behind victories since the start of the season and enters the HBCU baseball No 1 spot for the second time in the program’s history.

The following make up the rest of the small school poll which includes No. 2 Lane first time in the HBCU BCN Baseball Top 10 poll, No. 3 Bluefield State, No. 4 Miles College, No. 5 Virginia State University, No. 6 Benedict College, No. 7 Jarvis Christian College, No. 8 Albany State University, No. 9 West Virginia State University and No. 10 Talladega 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 two divisional polls are as follows…


Large School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Alabama State (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 181
1331
Alcorn State (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 239
575
Bethune Cookman University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 0-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current RPI: 273
5118
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 0-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 224
499
Grambling State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 207
696
Jackson State University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 120
952
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 260
783
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 280
51110
Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 125
694
Texas Southern University (SWAC)
This Past Week: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 143
5127
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Coppin State, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... Coppin State, Norfolk State

 


Small School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Albany State University (SIAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 119
898
Benedict College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: Not Indicated
656
Bluefield State College (USCAA)
This Past Week: 0-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 292
763
Jarvis Christian College (RRAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 298
11127
Kentucky State University (SIAC)
This Past Week: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 237
1261
Lane College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 325
1062
Miles College (SIAC)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 258
984
Talladega College (GCAC)
This Past Week: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 282
111210
Virginia State University (CIAA)
This Past Week: 2-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 227
995
West Virginia State University (MEC)
This Past Week: 3-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 205
5109
Other Teams Receiving Multiple Votes... Clafflin University, Edward Waters College, Huston-Tillotson, Savannah State, Texas College, Tuskegee, Wiley College

Teams Dropped From Top Ten... Clafflin University, Edward Waters College, Florida Memorial, Savannah State, Texas College

 


2020 Poll Dates (with links to poll results):
Pre-Season
Week 1 (March 10, 2020)
Week 2 (March 24, 2020)
Week 3 (April 7, 2020)
Week 4 (April 21, 2020)
Week 5 (April 28, 2020)
Week 6 (May 5, 2020)
Week 7 (May 12, 2020)
Week 8 (May 19, 2020)
Week 9 (May 26, 2020)*
*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 18 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and a “small school” division made up of the 29 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 26th, 2020 on the Black College Nines’ website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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