Jackson State, WSSU still remain atop the latest HBCU baseball polls

By Michael Coker, Black College Nines

Jackson State University remains the No. 1 ranked team for the second week straight in Black College Nines’ 2017 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll announced on April 25, 2017.

The Tigers, 31-12 overall and 17-4 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), received the most first-place votes in the “large school” Top 10 poll. Jackson State is also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Poll.

Bethune-Cookman University held steady at the No. 2 spot. Norfolk State University climbed two spots up to No. 3, Florida A&M University remains for the second week in a roll at No. 4. Alabama State University up one spot into No. 5.

The remaining large school poll looks like this. North Carolina A&T University tumbled three spots to No. 6. Delaware State University climbed three spots to No. 7, North Carolina Central University down one to No. 8. Texas Southern University retains No. 9 while Grambling State University fell two spots to No. 10 to round out the large school poll.

Winston-Salem State University held on to the No. 1 ranking in the “small school” Top 10 poll for the second week in a row. The Rams got strong pitching performance from their number one and number two starters in winning their conference weekend series on the road. Winston-Salem State, overall are 27-13 and 12-0 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Notable changes took place from the previous poll rankings. Two Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) rivals moved up two spots in the small school top 10 poll. Edward Waters College moved just one spot to No. 2 and Talladega College jumped two spots to No. 3. Harris-Stowe State University slipped two steps to No. 4. as Jarvis Christian College moved up one spot to No. 5.

Rounding out the remaining small school Top 10 poll. Benedict College slipped two spots to No. 6, both Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) members Miles College and Paine College both rise up two steps to No. 7 and No. 8 respectfully. Quietly entering into the poll for the first time this season, Stillman College on a 13-game winning streak enters at No. 9 as Tuskegee University falls three steps to No. 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 31-12 1
2 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 23-19 2
3 Norfolk State University MEAC 21-14 5
4 Florida A&M University MEAC 21-18 4
5 Alabama State University SWAC 21-20 6
6 North Carolina A&T University MEAC 20-19 3
7 Delaware State University MEAC 15-19 10
8 North Carolina Central University MEAC 17-24 7
9 Texas Southern University SWAC 15-24 9
10 Grambling State University SWAC 15-25 8

Small School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Winston-Salem State University CIAA 29-14 1
2 Edward Waters College GCAC 33-17 3
3 Talladega College GCAC 30-20 5
4 Harris-Stowe State University AMC 28-18 2
5 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 28-23 6
6 Benedict College SIAC 22-13 4
7 Miles College SIAC 21-18 9
8 Paine College SIAC 20-18 10
9 Stillman College A.I.I. 20-18 NR
10 Tuskegee University SIAC 22-22 7

Dropping Out: Voorhees College

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