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By Michael Coker

Alabama State University has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking this week in Black College Nines’ Top 10 large school HBCU baseball poll announced on April 19, 2016.

The Hornets of Alabama State, 23-13 overall, 15-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), was idle this past weekend, but has won seven of its last eight games which include a three-game series sweep against conference division foe Jackson State University on the road, received the most first-place votes and total points in the “large school” division. Dropping down to the No. 2 spot is Florida A&M University.bcn baseballs on turf

There was movement throughout the remaining poll slots. Grambling State University climbed into the No. 3 spot, while Jackson State University slipped down to No. 4. Two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) teams rose in the poll, Bethune-Cookman University jumped to No. 5 and North Carolina Central University leaped two spots to No. 6. Norfolk State University fell two spots to No. 7. The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff moves up one spot to No. 8, as Texas Southern University falls two spots to No. 9. Entering the poll for the first time this season Alcorn State University moved in at No. 10.

Falling out of the Top 10 “large school” poll were Prairie View A&M University and Savannah State University.

In the “small school” division, for the first time this season, Edward Waters College garners the top spot in Black College Nines’ Top 10 ranking. The Tigers, on a 12 game winning streak, are 25-11 overall and 8-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Solid pitching from the starters and middle relievers and timely hitting have led Edward Waters to winning 17 of its last 20 ballgames.

For the second consecutive week, Miles College retains the No. 2 spot as there were major developments through the remaining Top 10. Selma University leaped two spots to No. 3. West Virginia State University moved up to No. 4, while Winston Salem State University stepped up to No. 5.  Paine College dropped to No. 6 and Benedict College tumbled seven spots to No. 7. Stillman College entered the poll for the first time this week at No. 8. Two teams fell one spot each, Jarvis Christian College at No. 9 and Talladega College No. 10 respectfully.

Falling out of the Top 10 in the “small school” poll was Harris-Stowe State University.

The crowning of Black College Nines National Champions will be announced on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 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 Alabama State University SWAC 23-13 2
2 Florida A&M University MEAC 22-13 1
3 Grambling State University SWAC 18-17 4
4 Jackson State University SWAC 21-17 3
5 Bethune-Cookman University MEAC 16-21 6
6 North Carolina Central University MEAC 20-19 8
7 Norfolk State University MEAC 16-16 5
8 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff SWAC 14-19 9
9 Texas Southern University SWAC 15-18 7
10 Alcorn State University SWAC 12-22 NR

Small School Division

No. School Conference W-L Previous
1 Edward Waters College GCAC 25-11 3
2 Miles College SIAC 25-12 2
3 Selma University Independent 24-8 5
4 West Virginia State University MEC 18-10 7
5 Winston Salem State University CIAA 23-18 6
6 Paine College SIAC 24-17 4
7 Benedict College SIAC 24-13 1
8 Stillman College SIAC 21-21 NR
9 Jarvis Christian College RRAC 22-23 8
10 Talladega College GCAC 17-21 9
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