Five HBCU Baseball Programs National Tournament Bound

Winston Salem State University (35-16), Jarvis Christian College (35-22), Talladega College (24-22), Selma University (12-8) and Bluefield State College (14-21) are HBCU Baseball teams that will compete in either the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship, NAIA National Tournament or United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small School World Series.

The five baseball programs have made a combined 20 appearances in postseason tournament play.

Winston Salem State is set to make its 6th NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2017. The Rams won the NCAA Division II Independent Tournament and will be in the NCAA DII Regional. The team had a tough non-conference schedule and the institution will shut down its baseball program at the conclusion of this season.

Bluefield State will embark on its third straight USCAA small college world series appearance as the tenth seed. Head coach Geoff Hunter shuffled the line which paid dividends in the middle part of the season. The Blues had a tough non-conference schedule against NCAA D II teams.

Selma is selected as the ninth seed in the USCAA tournament.  This is the Bulldogs tenth straight playoff appearance with seven in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and two previous USCAA small college World Series appearances.

This year will be Jarvis Christian’s first tournament appearance. By virtue of playing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship game, the Bulldogs grabbed the second automatic bid from the RRAC to the first round of the national NAIA tournament.

Talladega College,  playing in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Championship game, also got the automatic bid from the A.I.I. to the first round of the national NAIA tournament. This is Talladega’s third straight appearance in the NAIA Tournament since 2017.

All four fought through tough conference and non-conference regular season schedules, on into their conference tournament, now find themselves in post season play competing in national tournaments with the best baseball programs across the nation for the most coveted prize.

1 comment for “Five HBCU Baseball Programs National Tournament Bound

  1. Ken
    May 18, 2019 at 6:32 AM

    Winston-Salem State was not invited to theNCAA Atlantic Regional. 5 of the 6 teams were from the PSAC. Simply unbelievable.

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