HBCU Baseball’s NAIA National Tournament And Small College World Series Preview  

Albany State, Bluefield State, Selma, and Talladega College find themselves in post season play for at least another mid-week and weekend action. These teams will be in national tournaments and world series in contention with the best baseball programs across the nation.

Post season offers just about all the drama you could want. Adding HBCUs into the college baseball landscape could produce a national champion in 2018.

 

2018 National Tournament, NCAA Regional, Small School World Series Overviews:


Albany State University

Record: (28-16 .549)

Next Game: NCAA Division II Baseball Championship South Region. Open play against Top ranked University of Tampa May 17, 2018 at Lakeland, Florida.

Postseason Overview: Well coached team. Head coach Scot Hemmings got his team to grind through a rough non-conference schedule and helped Albany State to win its second SIAC Conference championship in three years.

How Did They Get There: Tough non-conference schedule – defeated top ranked No. 1 University of Tampa twice, No. 6 Georgia College, and No. 14 Columbus State. Number one reason, this squad has arms on the hill.


Bluefield State College

Record: (17-18 .486)

Next Game: Postseason tournament, The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) 2018 Small College World Series. Open play against Cleary University May 14, 2018  at Showers Field in DuBois, PA.

Postseason Overview: Head coach Geoff Hunter shuffled the line up and on the mound at the start of the season which paid dividends. Second straight appearance in the USCAA 2018 Small College World Series.

How Did They Get There: Tough non-conference schedule against NCAA Division II teams.


Selma University

Record: (13-12 .520)

Next Game:  Postseason tournament, The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) 2018 Small College World Series. Open play against St. Joseph’s VT May 14, 2018  at Showers Field in DuBois, PA.

Postseason Overview:  When the offense is on, the pitching bears down. When pitching gives up several runs, the offense is there to pick up the slack. Twenty-five games cancelled this year do to inclement weather.

How Did They Get There: Tough non-conference schedule defeated No. 14 Mobile and Talladega twice this season.


Talladega College

Record: (27-23 .540)

Next Game: Postseason tournament, NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. Open play against LSU Alexandria May 14, 2018 Harrison Field Montgomery, Alabama.

Postseason Overview:  This team goes all out on the mound and at the plate which has produced timely hitting and good pitching all year long. On the defensive side, must stay away from making senseless errors. Second straight trip to the national tournament.

How Did They Get There: Tough non-conference schedule. Won nine games against NAIA Top 25 ranked teams.

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