Historically Black College and University baseball continues to be a hot topic of discussion and more impressive, being included in both national rankings and Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Top 10 poll. Three teams remain in the Atlantic Region Top 10 polling after a strong showing since the start of the season.
Winston Salem State and Virginia State were previously ranked by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). West Virginia State for the second week continued its climb in the rankings thanks in part to sweeping nationally ranked No. 15 Mercyhurst.
Winston Salem State earned the No. 6 spot, West Virginia State No. 7, while Virginia State was ranked No. 8 this week.
The three teams are all very strong with talent full of impact players with their entire weekend starting staff, incredible pitching depth and several big bats from a potent lineup as they have no problem scoring runs.
WVSU did not finish among the ranked HBCU Baseball Top 10 teams to close out the 2017 season as they return this year with incredible pitching depth and one of the best groups in HBCU Baseball.
We will make more sense of the Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Top 10 when the next Black College Nines Week 2 poll will be released April 3, 2018. We will provide the teams ranked along with a brief weekly synopsis of each program past mid-week and weekend action.
Here’s a look at the Atlantic Region Top 10:
|Rank||Team (1st Place Votes)||2018 Record||Pts||Prev|
|1||West Chester, Pa. (13)||10-3||130||1|
|4||Lock Haven, Pa.||8-3||81||4|
|5||Slippery Rock, Pa.||7-5||73.5||3|
|6||Winston-Salem State, N.C.||16-10||62||6|
|7||West Virginia State||9-4||41||9|
|10||Seton Hill, Pa.||5-9||22.5||7|
|Receiving Votes: Gannon, Pa. (10-6) 7 points; Concord, W.Va. (8-6) 6 points; East Stroudsburg, Pa. (9-6) 5 points; Bloomsburg, Pa. (8-4) 2 points; California, Pa. (9-6) 2 points.|
|Dropped Out: None|