Savannah State Moves Up in Latest NCBWA DII Regional Poll

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has released its weekly NCAA Division II Regional polls. Savannah State continues to garner votes this week moving up in the latest South Region DII Top 10 released Wednesday April 6.

In the South Region, The Tigers rank seventh in Top 10 regional poll, up one spot from last week’s previous No. 8 ranking. Savannah State’s current record is 24-6 and 20-1 in the SIAC which includes a nine-game winning streak after sweeping conference foe Miles College in a three-game series to claim first place.

The win over Miles was their sixth consecutive SIAC series sweep. The last loss Savannah State suffered in the conference was a 17-13 high scoring affair February 19 against Kentucky State.

The Tigers are winning games at the plate and on the hill.

Three starters are logging innings and silencing their opponents’ bats. Jose Santiago is 7-0, Enrico Peele is 8-1, and Jared Showalter is 7-0 on the season. Relief pitching is limiting runs and head coach Carlton Hardy has a deep bullpen.

At the plate, Phillip Woullard is batting .450, with five doubles, three triples, three home runs and 26 runs batted in. Joseph Smith is batting .445 with three doubles, six triples, six home runs and 25 runs batted in. Gabriel Paxtot is batting .384 with 38 hits, three doubles, two triples, and 21 RBI, Champion Robbins is batting .384, with nine doubles, three triples, a home run and 25 driven home. Dwayne Franklin is batting .360 and leading the team with 19 stolen bases. Cameron Diaz is hitting .357 with 32 runs batted in.

With a tough schedule, the Tigers continue SIAC play this weekend when they visit Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL for a three-game series April 9-10.

South Regional Poll:

Rank Team (1st Place Votes) 2022 Record Pts Prev
1 Tampa (8) 29-3 80 1
2 Rollins 23-9 65 2
3 Valdosta State 21-8 56 4
4 Delta State 19-9 44 7
5 Montevallo 26-8 38 9
6 Florida Southern 18-15 33 10
7 Savannah State 24-6 31 8
8 Nova Southeastern 23-8 27 5
9 Florida Tech 26-11 22 6
T10 Saint Leo 23-12 18 RV
T10 West Florida 17-13 18 3
Receiving Votes: Lynn (21-13) 5 points; Auburn Montgomery (20-14) 3 points.
Dropped Out: None.

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