North Carolina A&T Receives Votes In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

North Carolina A&T State University baseball team received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) 2019 Preseason NCAA Division I Poll. N.C. A&T was among 63 of the nation’s top rank teams receiving votes in the annual poll.

The Aggies finished the 2018 campaign with a 32-25 record, including a strong 16-8 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), claimed the conference’s championship to capture their fourth title overall and first since 2005. A&T received an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and was crowned Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Baseball National Champion, the program’s first-ever national title.

North Carolina A&T will again face another challenging schedule in 2019 including five teams that are either ranked, or receiving votes in the NCBWA Preseason Poll.

Opening Day for the 2019 season is set for February 15th in Greensboro, North Carolina on their home field, War Memorial Stadium. The Aggies will open the season against Niagara University in a scheduled three-game series.

Reigning MEAC Champion head coach Ben Hall enters his fifth season at the helm of the baseball program. Hall was tagged interim head coach in 2014, became the permanent coach on July 21, 2015 and led the team to the best win record (32) in the school’s history.

The NCBWA 2019 preseason list:

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt SEC 35-27 6
2. LSU SEC 39-27
3. Texas Tech Big 12 45-20 5
4. UCLA Pac-12 38-21 26
5. Oregon State Pac-12 53-11-1 1
6. Florida SEC 49-21 3
7. North Carolina ACC 44-20 6
8. Stanford Pac-12 46-12 17
9. Louisville ACC 45-19 27
10. Florida State ACC 43-19 22
11. Ole Miss SEC 48-17 18
12. Georgia SEC 39-21 20
13. Mississippi State SEC 39-29 4
14. East Carolina American Athletic 44-18 23
15. Arkansas SEC 47-19 2
16. Baylor Big 12 37-21
17. Clemson ACC 47-16 19
18. Texas Big 12 42-23 7
19. Auburn SEC 43-23 10
20. Oklahoma State Big 12 31-26-1
21. TCU Big 12 33-23
22. Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 43-19 24
23. Michigan Big Ten 33-20
24. Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-25 14
25. Duke ACC 45-18 9
26. Southern Miss Conference USA 44-18 25
27. Minnesota Big Ten 43-15 15
28. Wake Forest ACC 25-32
29. UC Irvine Big West 32-24
30. N.C. State ACC 42-18 21
31. Georgia Tech ACC 31-27
32. Arizona Pac-12 34-22
33. Florida Atlantic Conference USA 43-19-1 29
34. Washington Pac-12 35-26 8
35. UConn American Athletic 37-22-1
36. Missouri State Missouri Valley 40-17
37. Indiana Big Ten 40-19 29
38. Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley 53-12 11
39. San Diego State Mountain West 39-21
40. Houston American Athletic 38-25
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona State (23-32), Dallas Baptist (42-21), Elon (36-23), Gonzaga (33-24), Houston Baptist (29-30), Illinois (32-20), Kentucky (34-22), Louisiana (34-25), Louisiana Tech (39-20), Miami (Fla.) (28-26), North Carolina A&T (32-25), Ohio State (36-24), Oklahoma (38-25), Oral Roberts (38-20), Oregon (26-29), Saint John’s (40-17), South Alabama (32-25), South Carolina (37-26), Stetson (48-13), Stony Brook (32-25), Texas A&M (40-22), Troy (42-21), UNCW (39-23).
By conference: ACC 8, SEC 8, Big 12 5, Pac-12 5, American Athletic 3, Big Ten 3, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, Ohio Valley 1, Sun Belt 1.
Records are from the 2018 season; Previous rank is from final 2018 poll

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