Four HBCU Baseball Programs Receive Votes In Pre-Season Poll

Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Pre-Season Poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum has been released and it includes four HBCU teams mentioned in the poll as “others receiving votes”.

Alabama State was mentioned in the poll along with fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Southern University. Two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) rivals, Florida A&M and Norfolk State, were mentioned as well.

This past 2019 season, both Florida A&M and Southern won their conference championships and made regional NCAA DI postseason appearances. Last season, Alabama State was the SWAC runner-up, losing the title game to eventual league champion Southern University. Norfolk State was one out away from defeating FAMU in the MEAC finals last season, only to fall short to the Rattlers.

The HBCU baseball season starts in 56 days for its large schools.

Alabama State opens its season in February with a tough non-conference schedule facing several teams ranked in the preseason poll including seventh-ranked Georgia and 23rd-ranked South Alabama. They will also face a tough HBCU baseball non-conference schedule including games against Florida A&M on March 31st and April 1st.

Southern University will began the season February 15th on the road with participation in the Andre Dawson Classic in New Orleans at the University of New Orleans. The Jaguars are scheduled to play four games in the Major League Baseball annual Urban Invitational.

Florida A&M‘s 2020 campaign starts with games in Tallahassee versus South Florida onFebruary 17th, then a two-game tilt February 18-19 with Mercer before hitting the road February 22-23 playing in a MEAC/SWAC challenge with games against Alcorn State, Jackson State and Southern.

Norfolk State plays an extremely tough schedule in 2020 opening with a three-game series at home February 14-16 versus Wagner College at the Marty L. Miller Field, then visiting Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia February 18th for a midweek contest.

Collegiate Baseball’s Division I Pre-Season Poll:

Rank Team (2019 Final Record) Points
  1. Louisville (51-18) 497
  2. Vanderbilt (59-12) 495
  3. Texas Tech. (46-20) 491
  4. Miami, Fla. (41-20) 488
  5. Arizona St. (38-19) 485
  6. Mississippi St. (52-15) 483
  7. Georgia (46-17) 480
  8. Auburn (38-28) 477
  9. Arkansas (46-20) 475
10. Michigan (50-22) 473
11. Louisiana St. (40-26) 470
12. UCLA (52-11) 468
13. North Carolina (46-19) 465
14. Florida (34-26) 460
15. Florida St. (42-23) 457
16. N.C. State (42-19) 455
17. Wake Forest (31-26) 454
18. Arizona (32-24) 452
19. Oklahoma St. (40-21) 451
20. Texas Christian (34-28) 449
21. Texas A&M (39-23-1) 447
22. Texas (27-27) 444
23. South Alabama (30-26) 442
24. Louisiana-Lafayette (28-31) 439
25. Stanford (45-14) 436
26. Cal. St. Fullerton (27-26) 435
27. U.C. Santa Barbara (45-11) 432
28. Georgia Tech. (43-19) 430
29. Minnesota (29-27) 428
30. Oklahoma (33-23) 426
31. San Diego St. (32-25) 423
32. Oregon St. (36-20-1) 420
33. Brigham Young (36-17) 418
34. Connecticut (39-25) 415
35. Houston (32-24) 413
36. East Carolina (47-18) 409
37. U.C. Irvine (37-17) 406
38. Central Michigan (47-14) 402
39. Ball St. (38-19) 399
40. Florida Atlantic (41-21) 395


Other Teams Receiving Votes: 
Southern Mississippi (40-21), Duke (35-27), Clemson (35-26), Virginia (32-24), St. John’s (31-23), California (32-20), Tennessee (40-21), South Carolina (28-28), Mississippi (41-27), Oregon (27-29), Washington (28-24), Alabama (30-26), Kentucky (26-29), Southern California (25-29-1), Creighton (41-13), Nebraska (32-24), Ohio St. (36-27), Indiana (37-23), Illinois (36-21), Baylor (35-19), West Virginia (38-22), Kent St. (30-24), Miami, Ohio (37-19), Dallas Baptist (43-20), Missouri St. (20-36), Fresno St. (40-16-1), Loyola Marymount (34-25), Tulane (32-26), Cal Poly (28-28), Rice (26-33), Bryant (40-20), Xavier (27-31), Seton Hall (25-28), Samford (41-19), Wofford (36-25), Nevada-Las Vegas (29-29), Nevada (30-26), Sam Houston St. (31-25), McNeese St. (35-26), Coastal Carolina (36-26-1), Texas St. (36-20), Gonzaga (31-24), San Diego (32-21), Pepperdine (24-25), Grand Canyon (36-24), New Mexico St. (38-17), Sacramento St. (40-25), California Baptist (35-20), Stony Brook (31-23), Binghamton (26-24), Liberty (43-21), Florida Gulf Coast (34-21), Jacksonville (32-27), Stetson (27-32), North Florida (32-25), Virginia Commonwealth (39-19), Dayton (32-26-1), Davidson (29-22), Campbell (37-21), Radford (30-27), N.C. Wilmington (32-31), College of Charleston (36-21), Wright St. (42-17), Oral Roberts (29-26), Harvard (27-16), Pennsylvania (23-18), Quinnipiac (30-29), Canisius (24-29), Florida A&M (27-34), Norfolk St. (24-26), Central Connecticut St. (31-23), Wagner (19-32), Jacksonville St. (39-23), Morehead St. (40-21), Army (35-26), Navy (39-17), Mercer (35-29), Southern (30-19), Alabama St. (28-26).

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