2021 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week Six (through 5/2/2021)

Jackson State University, with its unanimous selection holds on to its No. 1 ranking for the sixth week in a row in Black College Nines’ 2021 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll in the large school division announced on May 6, 2021.

The Tigers of Jackson State, 28-8 overall and boosting a 21-0 record in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), continue to receive votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Poll for the seventh week.

Major changes occurred in the “large school” top 10 poll. Alabama State moved up from No. 3 to No. 2, North Carolina Central fell a spot to No. 3, Norfolk State remained at No. 4 from last week’s poll. Prairie View A&M moved from No. 7 to No. 5. Florida A&M had the biggest leap, up to three spots from the previous weeks’ No. 9 to No. 6. The remaining poll shapes out as Grambling State fell from No. 5 to No. 7, North Carolina A&T jumped from No. 10 to 8, Delaware State dropped one spot to No. 9 while Southern University reenters the poll for the second time this season.

In thrilling fashion, after defeating previous No. 1 Xavier University of Louisiana, Bluefield State College rightfully claimed the HBCU Baseball inaugural Black College World Series and the No. 1 ranking in the small school Black College Nines (BCN) Top 10 poll.

Big Blue was undefeated in the tournament going into the final round before losing to top seed Xavier by the score of16-2 which forced a winner-take-all second championship game. Big Blue defeated Xavier University 7-2 to call themselves Black College World Series winners.

Many teams saw changes in the final 2021 “small school” top 10 poll, and these included West Virginia State from No. 2 to 3, Albany State from No. 3 to 4, Savannah State from No. 4 to 5. Miles moved up one to No. 6, Benedict College slipped one spot to No. 7, Florida Memorial University from No. 10 last week down to No. 8, Rust College stayed at No. 9 for the second week in a row and Kentucky State round out the final poll at No. 10.

The Voting Committee of Black College Nines determines the Top 10 rankings. Overall records do not include ties.

The two divisional polls are as follows… 


Large School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Alabama State (SWAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current RPI: 210
19172
Delaware State University (MEAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current RPI: 285
13209
Florida A&M University (MEAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current RPI: 238
18276
Grambling State University (SWAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 2-4
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current RPI: 275
15227
Jackson State University (SWAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 3-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current RPI: 110
2781
Norfolk State University (MEAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 1-3
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current RPI: 278
19244
North Carolina A&T University (MEAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current RPI: 259
17298
North Carolina Central University (MEAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current RPI: 248
18173
Prairie View A&M (SWAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current RPI: 272
12165
Southern University (SWAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 2-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: N/A
Current RPI: 279
132510
Dropped out of Top 10: Alabama A&M University

 


Small School Poll

RankSchoolWonLostRank
Albany State University (SIAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 3
Current ISR: 152
1274
Benedict College (SIAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 6
Current ISR: Not Indicated
447
Bluefield State College (USCAA)
Record Since Last Poll: 4-1
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 5
Current ISR: 419
15121
Florida Memorial University (SUN)
Record Since Last Poll: 2-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 10
Current ISR: 397
15258
Kentucky State University (SIAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 8
Current ISR: 598
6810
Miles College (SIAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 0-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 7
Current ISR: 407
896
Rust College (AII)
Record Since Last Poll: 0-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 9
Current ISR: 662
13209
Savannah State (SIAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 1-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 4
Current ISR: 391
1475
West Virginia State University (MEC)
Record Since Last Poll: 7-0
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 2
Current ISR: 121
2873
Xavier Univ of LA (GCAC)
Record Since Last Poll: 3-2
Previous BCN Poll Rank: 1
Current ISR: 334
2692
Dropped out of Top 10: None

 


  • In the large school division, the “RPI” referenced is Massey’s Composite Rankings which is a blending of a number of trusted ranking services.  The entire NCAA Division I rankings can be found at masseyratings.com.
  • In the small school division, the “ISR” referenced is Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Rating. For an analysis of his ISR, the link can be found at The College Baseball Ratings Page-Frequently Asked Questions.  Please note, if a school’s ISR shows as “not indicated”, it is because the school has not played in enough qualifying games to give an accurate rating.

2021 Poll Dates (with links to poll results):
Pre-Season
Week 1 (March 11, 2021)
Week 2 (March 25, 2021)
Week 3 (April 8, 2021)
Week 4 (April 22, 2021)
Week 5 (April 29, 2021)
Week 6 (May 6, 2021)
Week 7 (May 13, 2021)
Week 8 (May 20, 2021)
Week 9 (May 27, 2021)*
*Final Poll

The voting committee is made up of an informed and impartial group of individuals who follow college baseball on all levels, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) baseball. Included in the group are college athletic administrators and educators, college baseball writers and other sports journalists and broadcasters, former HBCU and other college ballplayers and above all else… college baseball enthusiasts who have an interest in promoting HBCU baseball.

As the college baseball season concludes, champions will be named in two divisions… the “large school” division will be composed of the 16 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and a “small school” division made up of the 24 HBCU schools with NCAA Division II, NAIA and USCAA status.

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