Jackson State, WSSU sit atop weekly HBCU baseball polls

By Michael Coker, Black College Nines

Jackson State University climbed to the No. 1 slot in Black College Nines’ 2017 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll announced on April 18, 2017.

The Tigers, 29-11 overall and 14-3 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), received the most first-place votes and total points in the “large school” Top 10 poll. Jackson State, on an 11 game winning streak, is a winner of 16 of its last 20 ballgames.

Major changes occurred throughout the entire large school poll this week. Bethune-Cookman drop down to the No. 2 spot, North Carolina A&T University moved up three spots to No. 3, Florida A&M University tumbled two spots to No. 4 and Norfolk State University climbed two spots to No. 5. The remaining large school top 10

The remaining large school top 10 teams include No. 6 Alabama State University, No. 7 North Carolina Central University, No. 8 Grambling State University, No. 9 Texas Southern University and No. 10 Delaware State University.

Winston-Salem State University retained the No. 1 ranking in the “small school” Top 10 poll. The Rams, winners of 17 of its last 19 games, are 27-13 overall and 10-0 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Noteworthy changes took place from the previous poll rankings. Harris-Stowe State University moved up from the No. 4 ranking into the No. 2 spot, Edward Waters College rose from No. 5 to No. 3, Benedict College fell one spot to No. 4 as Talladega College slipped from No. 3 to No. 5. Jarvis Christian College remained at No. 6, Tuskegee University rose from No. 9 to No. 7, Voorhees College held steady at No. 8, Miles College slipped from No. 7 to No. 9 and Paine College rounds out the Top 10.

The crowning of Black College Nines’ National Champions will be announced on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 10 AM (EST) on the Black College Nines’ website.

The Voting Committee of Black College Nines determines the Top 10 rankings. Overall records do not include ties.

The two divisional polls are as follows…

Large School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Jackson State University SWAC 29-11 3
2 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 22-17 1
3 North Carolina A&T University MEAC 20-14 6
4 Florida A&M University MEAC 19-16 2
5 Norfolk State University MEAC 18-14 7
6 Alabama State University SWAC 17-19 5
7 North Carolina Central University MEAC 16-21 4
8 Grambling State University SWAC 14-21 9
9 Texas Southern University SWAC 13-23 8
10 Delaware State University MEAC 11-19 10

Small School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Winston-Salem State University CIAA 27-13 1
2 Harris-Stowe State University AMC 28-17 4
3 Edward Waters College GCAC 29-17 5
4 Benedict College SIAC 20-11 3
5 Talladega College GCAC 27-19 2
6 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 25-22 6
7 Tuskegee University SIAC 22-19 T9
8 Voorhees College A.I.I. 18-13 8
9 Miles College SIAC 19-18 7
10 Paine College SIAC 18-16 T9

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