Two HBCU Baseball Programs Receive Votes in NCBWA Division II Regional Preseason Poll

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has released its preseason edition of the NCBWA Division II Top 25 Poll (February 3, 2021). Two Historically Black College and University (HBCU) baseball programs, Albany State University and Miles College have garnered votes this week.

The South Region lists Albany State and Miles as receiving votes in the DII top 10 regional rankings. Both ASU and Miles are conference rivals from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

Albany State opens the 2021 season February 12th at home with a single nine-inning affair with Augusta University, then plays a doubleheader with Emmanuel College (Feb. 13). Both games are scheduled in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Miles College starts its 2021 season with a home opener February 16th, scheduled as a single non-conference nine-inning game against the University of West Alabama at historic Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Miles’ first SIAC conference series foe will be Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA on February 20th and is slated as a doubleheader. The Golden Bears of Miles College will face defending Black College Nines’ HBCU baseball small school national champs, Lane College on March 20-21in a four-games series of two doubleheaders.  Its tough non-conference schedule pits Miles against No. 4 Alabama Huntsville on February  24th and March 27th.

SOUTH REGION
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) 2020 Record Pts Prev
1 Tampa (8) 15-7 87 1
2 Barry 17-4 73 2
3 West Florida (1) 14-8 72 T4
4 Alabama Huntsville 16-5 66 T4
5 Delta State 13-10 44 RV
6 Valdosta State 13-6 37 8
7 Florida Southern 14-8 31 T10
8 Nova Southeastern 11-11 21 3
9 Lynn 14-7-1 17 9
10 Mississippi College 11-9 16 RV
Receiving Votes: West Georgia (13-7) 10 points; Lee (14-9) 9 points; Embry-Riddle (16-7) 5 points; Albany State (8-9) 2 points; Palm Beach Atlantic (9-8) 2 points; Rollins (13-8) 2 points; Miles (9-8) 1 point.
Dropped Out: None.

 

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