2024 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week Six (as of 4/28/24)

Florida A&M 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’ sixth set of polls for the 2024 season.

Jockeying for the top spot in Black College Nines’ HBCU baseball large school poll continues this week with Florida A&M leapfrogging last week’s chart-topper, Bethune-Cookman and once previous number one, North Carolina A&T, as presented by Guardian Baseball and announced on May 1, 2024. This makes for a key conference matchup between the two Florida-based schools this upcoming weekend in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

The remaining seven teams remain the same as last week with Alabama State and Jackson State each moving up one spot to numbers four and five, respectively.  Texas Southern drops to number six in the poll, followed by Grambling State, Prairie View A&M and Southern University. Rounding out the top ten is Delaware State which falls from last week’s number eight spot.

In Black College Nines’ small school top ten poll, Albany State continues to hold its lead, which it has held since the second week’s poll of March 20th.  Talladega College and West Virginia State remain numbers two and three, with Bluefield State jumping from sixth to fourth this week.  Savannah State and Edward Waters each drop one spot with Florida Memorial, Wiley University, Jarvis Christian (first time this season in the top ten), and Miles College rounding  the small school poll.

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 28, 2024.

The two divisional polls are as follows…

Large School Poll

RankSchoolCurrent RecordWinning Pct.Rank
Alabama State University22-200.5244
Bethune Cookman University25-190.5682
Delaware State University14-210.40010
Florida A&M University22-210.5121
Grambling State University17-200.4597
Jackson State University27-160.6285
North Carolina A&T University21-220.4883
Prairie View A&M23-230.5008
Southern University18-220.4509
Texas Southern University19-210.4756
Dropped Out: None
Receiving Multiple Vote: Alabama A&M

Small School Poll

RankSchoolCurrent RecordWinning Pct.Rank
Albany State University34-100.7731
Bluefield State University30-140.6824
Edward Waters University27-180.6006
Florida Memorial University20-240.4557
Jarvis Christian University18-210.4629
Miles College22-220.50010
Savannah State28-130.6835
Talladega College36-150.7062
West Virginia State University25-150.6253
Wiley University28-190.5968
Dropped Out: Xavier University of Louisiana
Receiving Multiple Votes: Dillard University, Huston-Tillotson, Lane College, Morehouse College, Voorhees College, Xavier University of Louisiana

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.

2 comments for “2024 Black College Nines HBCU Top 10 Baseball Polls – Week Six (as of 4/28/24)

  1. Going by RPI rank, NC A&T sits at 161 (compared FAMU’s 193) thanks to their tough conference opponents. Worth mentioning, DelState is surviving their NEC affiliation best with an RPI rank of 277.

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