Black College Nines HBCU Poll – Week 7 (4/27/15-5/4/15)

For the seventh consecutive week, Alabama State maintained the top spot in the HBCU Division I baseball poll announced April 27, 2015 by

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…

Division I Poll (as of April 28, 2015) Large School Division

No. School Conference Record Previous
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
8 Southern University SWAC 14-19 8
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













Division II/Division III/NAIA Poll (as of April 28, 2015) Small School Division

No. School Conference Record Previous
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
6 Benedict College SIAC 23-17 6
7 Selma University Independent 15-10 10
8 Talladega College GCAC 29-25 5
9 Wiley College RRAC 22-25 8
10 Tuskegee University SIAC 17-21 NR

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)