Bethune Cookman Gets National Ranking in Latest NCBWA Poll

Bethune Cookman baseball, all season long, has had to prove itself. And it did. The upset of No. 4 ranked powerhouse University of Florida in the NCAA Gainesville Regional and nationally rank South Florida deservingly pushed the Wildcats into the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 ranking for the first time in program history.

The Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators 6-2 on Sunday night at the Gainesville Regional. The win was the biggest upset of the NCAA Tournament to date as Florida was also the No. 2 ranked RPI team in the nation.

The win is considered one of the biggest, if not the biggest in program history and is the first time the Wildcats have ever beaten two nationally rank teams in the same season. Outside of the Florida and South Florida win, the last time BC defeated a ranked team was March 2014, when they beat No. 13 University of Miami.

Bethune Cookman, 36-25 overall, was one game away from going to the Super Regionals, but lost a winner-take-all final to the Florida Gators 6-1 in the second game of the regional finals.

The Wildcats, throughout the season, received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and at one point during the season, Bethune Cookman was a Top 20 ranked RPI (rating percentage index) team.  The rating index takes into consideration both won-loss record as well as a team’s strength of schedule.

Jackson State University also received votes in the NCBWA Top 30 rankings.

The 2017 poll voters come from 40 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (JUNE 7)
Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1 Oregon State Pac-12 52-4 1
2 LSU SEC 45-17 6
3 Louisville ACC 50-10 5
4 Florida SEC 45-17 3
5 TCU Big 12 45-16 7
6 Long Beach State Big West 41-18-1 10
7 Kentucky SEC 43-21 8
8 Wake Forest ACC 42-18 17
9 Cal State Fullerton Big West 37-21 16
10 Florida State ACC 43-21 27
11 Missouri State Missouri Valley 43-18 21
12 Mississippi State SEC 40-25 20
13 Vanderbilt SEC 36-23-1
14 Sam Houston State Southland 44-21
15 North Carolina ACC 49-14 2
16 Davidson Atlantic 10 35-24
17 Texas A&M SEC 39-21 28
18 Texas Tech Big 12 45-17 4
19 Stanford Pac-12 42-16 11
20 Texas Big 12 39-24
21 Southern Miss Conference USA 50-16 13
22 Arkansas SEC 45-19 12
23 Virginia ACC 43-16 9
24 Clemson ACC 42-21 15
25 Houston American Athletic 42-21 22
26 Arizona Pac-12 38-21 14
27 Auburn SEC 37-26 26
28 Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 42-21
29 N.C. State ACC 36-25
30 Bethune-Cookman Mid-Eastern Athletic 36-25
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Baylor, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gonzaga, Indiana, Jackson State, Loyola-Marymount, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Saint John’s, San Diego State, SE Louisiana, South Alabama, South Florida, Tennessee Tech, UCF, UCLA, UNC Greensboro, West Virginia, Xavier, Yale.
Dropped out: Michigan (18), St. John’s (19), Nebraska (23), Oklahoma (24), UCF (25), Coastal Carolina (29), Baylor (30).
By conference: SEC 8, ACC 7, Big 12 3, Pac-12 3, Big West 2, Missouri Valley 2, American Athletic 1, Atlantic 10 1, Conference USA 1, Mid-Eastern 1, Southland 1.

 

 

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