Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 6 (5/01/17-5/07/17)

Jackson State University holds on to its No. 1 ranking for the fourth week in a row in Black College Nines’ 2017 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll in the large school division announced on May 9, 2017.

The Tigers of Jackson State, 36-14 overall and 20-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), have won 17 of their last 20 ball games and continue to receive votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Poll for the third week.

North Carolina A&T University leaped into the No. 2 spot as Bethune Cookman University dropped a spot to No. 3. Alabama State University moved up to No. 4. Norfolk State University slipped one spot to No. 5.

Florida A&M University has dropped since Black College Nines No. 1 week one poll of March 14, tumbling three spots to No. 6. Grambling State University moved up two spots to No. 7. North Carolina Central University maintains its hold on the No. 8 spot. Delaware State University fell two place to the No. 9 spot, while Prairie View A&M University rounds out the No. 10 spot entering the HBCU Top 10 poll for the first time this season.

Winston Salem State University maintains its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the small school Top 10 poll presented by Black College Nines. The Rams defeated Chowan University twice this past Saturday in dominating fashion winning both games 10-1 and 10-4 to re-claim the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) baseball championship which it has won six times in the last seven seasons. WSSU, 35-17 overall, with the conference championship win earned a trip the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament.

Talladega College retains its previous week’s ranking maintaining the No. 2 spot. Miles College with an impressive sweep through the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship this past weekend leapfrogs into the No. 3 spot. Edward Waters College, Jarvis Christian College and Paine College preserve their previous week No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8 spots respectively.

Benedict College drops two spots to No. 7. Tuskegee University, previously unranked, returns to Black College Nines small school Top 10 Poll at No. 9 and Voorhees College slips to No. 10.

The crowning of Black College Nines’ National Champions will be announced on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 10 AM (EST) on the Black College Nines’ website.

The Voting Committee of Black College Nines determines the Top 10 rankings. Overall records do not include ties.

The two divisional polls are as follows…

Large School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Jackson State University SWAC 36-14 1
2 North Carolina A&T University MEAC 25-21 6
3 Bethune Cookman University MEAC 27-23 2
4 Alabama State University SWAC 27-23 5
5 Norfolk State University MEAC 24-19 4
6 Florida A&M University MEAC 24-23 3
7 Grambling State University SWAC 22-27 9
8 North Carolina Central University MEAC 22-27 8
9 Delaware State University MEAC 19-24 7
10 Prairie View A&M University SWAC 15-25 NR

Dropping Out: Texas Southern University

Small School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Winston Salem State University CIAA 35-17 1
2 Talladega College GCAC 36-23 2
3 Miles College SIAC 31-19 7
4 Edward Waters College GCAC 35-24 4
5 Harris-Stowe State University AMC 30-19 3
6 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 33-27 6
7 Benedict College SIAC 25-16 5
8 Paine College SIAC 21-21 8
9 Tuskegee University SIAC 23-27 NR
10 Voorhees College A.I.I. 20-20 9

Dropping Out: Stillman College

2017 Poll Dates:

Week 1 (March 14, 2017)
Week 2 (April 4, 2017)
Week 3 (April 18, 2017)
Week 4 (April 25, 2017)
Week 5 (May 2, 2017)
Week 6 (May 9, 2017)
Week 7 (May 16, 2017)
Week 8* (May 23, 2017)
*Final Poll


3 comments for “Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week 6 (5/01/17-5/07/17)

  1. james
    May 11, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    why are some reports that wssu have to wait for a bid when they won their tournament? in the bylaws it clearly states that the ciaa has a automatic bid. this is confusing? can someone help or look into this? this entire process seems fishy as to trying to not let this team into the regional tournament.

  2. Darryl Dunbar
    May 11, 2017 at 10:03 PM

    LeMoyne-Owen College beat both Paine College and Tuskegee University to knock them out of the SIAC Tournament. After losing to Albany State in the first round they upset Paine, Tuskegee, Albany State, and Kentucky State giving them the opportunity to play Miles College in the Championship where they came up short.

  3. Mickey
    May 12, 2017 at 12:34 PM


    Recent development, the CIAA lost its automatic bid because they don’t have enough team sponsoring baseball.

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