West Virginia State Baseball Ranked in Three National Polls


NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Baseball Tournament bound
West Virginia State Baseball team is listed in two National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) polls and HBCU Baseball “small school” poll. The Yellow Jackets crack into the 2021 NCBWA NCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 25 for the first time this season after receiving votes in last weeks survey, ranked No. 3 in both of the NCBWA Atlantic Region Top 10 poll and Black College Nines HBCU Baseball “small school” Top 10 for the National Poll (Week 15 – May 26, 2021). 

After winning five games in the Mountain East Conference tournament, the West Virginia State baseball team moved into the No. 25 spot in the national rankings Wednesday. WVSU (32-8) earned a trip to the NCAA Division II Regionals. They will open regional play Thursday May 28th, at 3 pm against No. 20 Millersville.

The University of Charleston will host the 2021 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Baseball Tournament at the Welch Athletic Complex, in Charleston, WV. Winner of the Regional’s will advance to the NCAA DII World Series. 

The Yellow Jackets offense is clicking, averaging with many of the ranked teams in the most runs per game in DII. First baseman Matt Harrison is surging along with right fielder Michael Stone, second baseman Andrew Stone and designated hitter Matthew Kline. With starter Ethan Lauchart, and relief pitcher Jacob Bradley, the pitching staff have quality arms on the hill. .

Harrison put up impressive numbers at the plate this season. He was eighth in batting average (.378), second in slugging percentage (.784), fourth in on base percentage (.503), second in runs scored (45), eighth in hits (42), third in runs batted in (39), first in home runs (12), and second in total bases (89). 

Michael Stone had the team’s highest batting average (.379), and is currently on an eight-game hit streak and collected three hits in each of his last three games. 

Andrew Stone hit 11 doubles and three triples, scored 33 runs, and was a perfect 7-for-7 in the stolen base department. 

Kline hit .316 and scored 20 runs. He collected seven doubles, one triple, three home runs with 24 runs batted in. 

Lauchart posted a Conference-low 1.78 ERA while going 6-0 in 10 game appearances. His .201 opposing batting average was third-best in the MEC and his 56 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched was seventh-best. He also had the fifth-fewest hits allowed (37), the second-fewest runs allowed (16), and tied for the fewest earned runs allowed (10) in the conference.

Bradley, in relief, went (6-2) with (2) saves. He had a team-high 17 appearances, including five starts, and recorded a 2.88 earned run average. Bradley had 19 strikeouts in 25.0 innings pitched.

West Virginia State listed in national polls:

 


 

 

2021 NCBWA DIVISION II TOP 25
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) 2021 Record Pts Prev
1 Colorado Mesa (15) 40-4 471 1
2 Central Missouri (2) 38-6 456 2
3 West Florida (2) 34-9 438 3
4 Seton Hill 35-5 389 6
5 West Texas A&M 32-7 387 9
6 Illinois Springfield 37-6 375 11
7 Lee 34-9 351 10
8 Catawba 32-9 342 16
9 Azusa Pacific 31-8 309 17
10 Angelo State 38-7 303 5
11 Mount Olive 35-10 280 12
12 Augustana (S.D.) 36-11 249 18
13 Tampa 16-4 230 14
14 Southern New Hampshire 24-6 223 20
15 Northwest Nazarene 31-7 221 8
16 Wingate 30-12 176 22
17 Minnesota State 37-8 175 13
18 St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 25-4 145 15
19 North Greenville 33-11 122 4
20 Millersville 28-13 115 21
21 Trevecca Nazarene 32-10 101 23
22 Delta State 28-18 73 25
23 Western Oregon 20-6 58 RV
24 Colorado Colorado Springs 29-10 55 RV
25 West Virginia State 32-8 39 RV
Receiving Votes: Davenport (28-14) 32 points; UNC Pembroke (29-13) 24 points; Arkansas Tech (28-15) 15 points; Lindenwood (Mo.) (33-7) 9 points; Charleston (W.Va.) (31-9) 5 points; Molloy (20-9) 3 points; Southern Arkansas (27-14) 2 points; Alabama Huntsville (22-18) 1 point.
Dropped Out: Lindenwood (Mo.) (7th); MSU Denver (19th); Charleston (W.Va.) (24th).

 


ATLANTIC REGIONAL
Seed Team 2021 Record
1 Seton Hill 35-5
2 Millersville 28-13
3 West Virginia State 32-8
4 Bloomsburg 22-16
5 Charleston (W.Va.) 31-9

 


 

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