2024 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week Five (as of 4/21/24)

Bethune-Cookman moves to the top in the “large school”division while Albany State continues to hold its lead in the “small school” division in Black College Nines’ fifth set of polls for the 2024 season.

Bethune-Cookman University has achieved its first No. 1 ranking this season in Black College Nine (BCN) fifth edition of its Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season “large school” Top 10 HBCU baseball poll presented by Guardian Baseball and announced on April 24, 2024.

North Carolina A&T climbs from the previous No. 3 to No. 2, while Florida A&M slips from No. 1 to No. 3, surging Texas Southern leaps from No. 6 to No. 4, and Alabama State moves up from No. 7 to No. 5.

Jackson State falls from its previous No. 4 ranking to No. 6, as Prairie View A&M moves up from No. 9 to No. 7, Delaware State remains No. 8 for the second week in a row, Grambling State jumps up from No. 10 to No. 9, and Southern falls from No. 5 to No. 10 to close out the “large School” HBCU Baseball Top 10 Poll.

In the “small school” division, Albany State remains No. 1 for the third week as Talladega retains the No. 2 ranking, while West Virginia State and Savannah State flip spots as the Yellow Jackets move up to No. 3 and the Tigers fall to No. 4. Both Edward Waters and Bluefield State maintain their No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively.

Keeping hold of their previous rankings are both Florida Memorial at No. 7 and Wiley University at No. 8, while Miles College and Xavier of Louisiana (LA) swap spots with the Tigers moving to No. 9 and Xavier Gold Rush to No. 10.

The small school Top 10 poll will have national implications throughout the 2024 regular season which will lead to HBCU baseball programs competing for a national title in the fourth annual Black College World Series scheduled for May 8-11, 2024, at Riverwalk Stadium (home of the Tampa Bay Rays Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits) in Montgomery, Alabama.

Black College Nines HBCU Baseball Ranking Committee determines the Top 10 rankings for both large schools and small schools.

Records indicated are through April 21, 2024.

The two divisional polls are as follows…

Large School Poll

RankSchoolCurrent RecordWinning Pct.Rank
Alabama State University19-190.5005
Bethune Cookman University24-170.5851
Delaware State University14-180.4378
Florida A&M University20-190.5133
Grambling State University16-200.4449
Jackson State University25-140.6416
North Carolina A&T University21-180.5382
Prairie View A&M20-220.4767
Southern University17-210.44710
Texas Southern University18-180.5004
Dropped Out of Top 10: None
Receiving Multiple Votes: Alabama A&M, Coppin State

Small School Poll

RankSchoolCurrent RecordWinning Pct.Rank
Albany State University30-100.7501
Bluefield State College25-140.6416
Edward Waters University27-150.6435
Florida Memorial University19-210.4757
Miles College22-190.5379
Savannah State25-130.6584
Talladega College32-150.6812
West Virginia State University23-150.6053
Wiley College24-170.5858
Xavier Univ of Louisiana18-190.48610
Dropped Out of Top 10: None
Receiving Multiple Votes: Huston-Tillotson University, Jarvis Christian College, Lane College, Paine College

2024 Poll Dates (with links to poll results):

Week 1 (March 6, 2024)
Week 2 (March 20, 2024)
Week 3 (April 3, 2024)
Week 4 (April 17, 2024)
Week 5 (April 24, 2024)
Week 6 (May 1, 2024)
Week 7 (May 16, 2024)
Week 8 (May 23, 2024)
Final Poll (May 30, 2024)

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 17 HBCU schools representing NCAA Division I and a “small school” division made up of the 36 HBCU schools with NCAA Division II, NAIA and NCCAA status.

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