Tigers and Rams top HBCU baseball polls

By Michael Coker, Black College Nines

Jackson State University retains its No. 1 ranking for the third week straight in Black College Nines’ 2017 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) regular season baseball poll in the large school division announced on May 2, 2017.

The Tigers, 32-14 overall and 17-4 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), also received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I Poll for the second week.

Bethune-Cookman University stayed at the No. 2 spot as Florida A&M University moved up a spot to No. 3 after winning two of three non-conference games against Jackson State this past weekend. Norfolk State University slipped one spot to No. 4.

Four teams hold steady from the previous week’s poll. Alabama State University, North Carolina A&T University, Delaware State University, and North Carolina Central University remain at No. 5, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 respectively. Two teams flipped spots from the previous poll. Grambling State University moved up one to No. 9 while Texas Southern University fell to No. 10 rounding out Black College Nines large school Top 10.

Winston-Salem State University remains the No. 1 rank small school in our Top 10 poll for the fourth week in a row. The Rams, regular season champions, enters the 2017 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) baseball championship tournament at the No. 1 seed for the sixth consecutive season as they look to continue a championship sweep which began in 2012. Winston-Salem State concluded the regular season finishing 31-16 overall record and 14-2 in conference play.

Talladega College and Harris-Stowe State University moved up just one spot to No. 2 and No. 3. Edward Waters College fell two spots to No. 4. Benedict College stepped up one spot to No. 5. Jarvis Christian College moved down one spot to No. 6. Miles College and Paine College held steady at No. 7 and No. 8, as Voorhees College returned to Black College Nines small school Top 10 Poll at No. 9 and Stillman College slips 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 32-14 1
2 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 25-20 2
3 Florida A&M University MEAC 23-19 4
4 Norfolk State University MEAC 22-17 3
5 Alabama State University SWAC 23-22 5
6 North Carolina A&T University MEAC 21-21 6
7 Delaware State University MEAC 17-21 7
8 North Carolina Central University MEAC 20-26 8
9 Grambling State University SWAC 15-24 10
10 Texas Southern University SWAC 15-25 9

Small School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Winston-Salem State University CIAA 31-16 1
2 Talladega College GCAC 34-21 3
3 Harris-Stowe State University AMC 30-18 4
4 Edward Waters College GCAC 33-22 2
5 Benedict College SIAC 24-14 6
6 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 30-25 5
7 Miles College SIAC 27-19 7
8 Paine College SIAC 21-19 8
9 Voorhees College A.I.I. 20-20 NR
10 Stillman College A.I.I. 20-22 9

Dropping Out: Tuskegee University

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