For the third consecutive week, Alabama State retained its No. 1 ranking in the 2015 HBCU Division I baseball poll announced by Black College Nines on March 31, 2015.
The Hornets ball club, 15-11 overall and 9-3 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), was a unanimous pick for the top slot in the “large school” division which is made up of NCAA Division I baseball programs. Alabama State defeated SWAC Eastern Division conference rival Jackson State, winning the weekend series two games to one. This marks the second straight weekend that ASU has won games against ranked conference opponents.
Once again this week, there was substantial movement throughout the rest of the poll. Texas Southern University moved up three spots to assume the No. 2 ranking. Both Alabama A&M University and Jackson State University dropped one spot each… Alabama A&M from No. 2 to No. 3 and Jackson State fell from No. 3 to No. 4. Making its debut in the poll was Bethune-Cookman University at the No. 9 spot and North Carolina Central University moved down three spots to No. 10.
In the “small school” division, Winston-Salem State University, for the second-consecutive week, maintained the top spot in the Black College Nines Top 10 poll. The Rams, 22-8 overall and 7-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), are 19-7 at home in games played at the BB&T Ballpark in Winston Salem, NC.
Virginia State University retained its No. 2 ranking, while Edward Waters College moved up one spot to No. 3 and Selma University climbed four spots to No. 4. Making its first appearance in the “small school” poll, made up of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools is West Virginia State College at No. 5.
The two divisional polls are as follows…
|1||Alabama State University||SWAC||15-11||1|
|2||Texas Southern University||SWAC||15-11||5|
|3||Alabama A&M University||SWAC||16-13||2|
|4||Jackson State University||SWAC||16-11||3|
|5||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||SWAC||11-12||6|
|6||Norfolk State University||MEAC||9-10||8|
|7||Florida A&M University||MEAC||11-15||9|
|8||Savannah State University||MEAC||12-15||4|
|10||North Carolina Central University||MEAC||11-15||7|
Dropped Out: Prairie View A&M University
Others Receiving Votes (Listed Alphabetically): Delaware State University, North Carolina A&T State University
|1||Winston-Salem State University||CIAA||22-8||1|
|2||Virginia State University||CIAA||14-8||2|
|3||Edward Waters College||GCAC||16-14||4|
|5||West Virginia State University||MEC||10-9||NR|
|6||Jarvis Christian College||RRAC||16-16||NR|
Dropped Out: Claflin University, Harris-Stowe State University
Others Receiving Votes (Listed Alphabetically): Claflin University, Harris-Stowe State University, Morehouse College, Stillman College
Previous Poll Results: (click on links below)
Week 1 (March 17, 2015)
Week 2 (March 24, 2015)
Week 3 (March 31, 2015)
Week 4 (April 7, 2015)
Week 5 (April 14, 2015)
Week 6 (April 21, 2015)
Week 7 (April 28, 2015)
Week 8 (May 5, 2015)
Final Poll (May 12, 2015)