Two HBCU Baseball programs ranked nationally in Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Top 10 polls continue to be ranked in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II regional polls listing Winston Salem State (13-7) in the Atlantic Region and Kentucky State (10-2) in the South Region.
HBCU Baseball small school No.1 Kentucky State put a scare in NCAA Division I opponent Murray State Tuesday. KSU had Murray St. down 8-6 in the 8th inning and lost a fly ball in the lights with 2 outs to lose the lead then lost 12-8, but pounded out 16 hits to the Racers 12. The Thorobreds face another D-I mid-week game March 13, at Eastern Kentucky then open SIAC conference play in Atlanta with a scheduled four-game two day doubleheader against Morehouse March 16-17.
The Winston Salem State Rams, ranked No. 2 in this week’s first HBCU Baseball small school Top 10 poll, continues to garner votes the Atlantic Region at No. 7 in the latest NCBWA March 12 polling. Winston Salem returns to action with a mid-week home game hosting University of Charleston March 13 then hits the road for a four-game tilt with Lock Haven in Asheboro, N.C. (McCrary Park) March 16-17, both days are scheduled as doubleheaders.
The Rams have been a regular participant in HBCU Baseball Top 10 and NCBWA polling in recent years. They were ranked as high as No. 5 in last weeks NCBWA poll.
The 2019 season marks the first time Kentucky State has received votes in a regional poll. This is just a sign of how hard the players are working but it is obviously still early in the year with a lot of games to be played, but it is absolutely a sign of getting to where they need to be and take the rest of this year series to series and see where they are at the end of the season.