For the seventh consecutive week, Alabama State maintained the top spot in the HBCU Division I baseball poll announced April 27, 2015 by Blackcollegenines.com.
The Hornets, 28-14 overall and 16-5 in Southwestern Athletic Conference, lost its first conference series since 2013 this past weekend to rival Alabama A&M thus ending a mark of 17 consecutive series wins. Nonetheless, ASU can clinch its second straight SWAC Eastern Division title with one win at Jackson State this upcoming weekend.
Once again, there was movement among the rest of the top 10. Jackson State University leaped to the No. 2 ranking, while Norfolk State University slipped one spot to No. 3 and Alabama A&M University climbed one spot to No. 4. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff dropped to No. 5.
Rounding out the “large school” division top 10, made up of NCAA Division I baseball programs, are Texas Southern University, Florida A&M University, Southern University, North Carolina Central University and Savannah State University.
In the “small school” division, Winston-Salem State University, for the sixth consecutive week, retained the top spot in the BCN poll. The Rams, 35-13 overall and 15-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, completed a compelling four game sweep versus conference foe Virginia State University this past weekend and have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Edward Waters College retained the second spot, West Virginia State University jumped to No. 3, Virginia State University fell one spot to No. 4 and Jarvis Christian University climbed two spots to No. 5.
The rest of the small school poll, made up of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools, are Benedict College, Selma University, Talladega College, Wiley College and Tuskegee University which entered the top 10 poll for the first time this season.
The two divisional polls are as follows…
|1||Alabama State University||SWAC||28-14||1|
|2||Jackson State Unversity||SWAC||27-17||4|
|3||Norfolk State University||MEAC||20-12||2|
|4||Alabama A&M University||SWAC||24-24||5|
|5||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||SWAC||21-16||3|
|6||Texas Southern University||SWAC||20-15||6|
|7||Florida A&M University||MEAC||17-22||10|
|9||North Carolina Central University||MEAC||19-24||7|
|10||Savannah State University||MEAC||16-28||9|
Dropped Out: None
Others Receiving Votes (Listed Alphabetically): Bethune Cookman University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
|1||Winston-Salem State University||CIAA||35-13||1|
|2||Edward Waters College||GCAC||33-21||2|
|3||West Virginia State University||MEC||26-13||4|
|4||Virginia State University||CIAA||23-16||3|
|5||Jarvis Christian College||RRAC||29-21||7|
Dropped Out: Paine College
Others Receiving Votes (Listed Alphabetically): Albany State University, Claflin University, Paine College, St. Augustine’s College
The voting committee is made up of a distinguished and distinctive group whose members continue to promote black college baseball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The group includes Ruffin Bell, originator of the former Black College Baseball HBCU National Championship poll and current Cheney State University Athletic Director. As well, the committee includes members of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Black College Legends and Pioneers Committee – Harold Michael Harvey, Jay Sokol, John Winters and the previously mentioned Ruffin Bell. Chuck Curti, national sports journalists and Michael Coker, political blogger, round out the voting panel. Bell, Harvey and Coker each played baseball at HBCU schools. Champions will be named for two divisions… the “large school” division will be composed of the 20 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and a “small school” division made up of the 34 HBCU schools with NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and independent status.
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)