By Michael Coker
Alabama State University keeps the No. 1 ranking in Black College Nines Top 10 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) large school baseball poll announced on May 3, 2016.
The Hornets rank in the top spot for the fourth time this season. On an eight-game winning streak, Alabama State swept conference foe Alcorn State University this past weekend following a mid-week win against SEC member Tennessee. ASU clinched its third straight Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Eastern Division title and is the only NCAA Division I baseball team that is undefeated in conference play. Alabama State is 31-14 overall and 21-0 in the SWAC.
For the third week in a row, Florida A&M University retains the No. 2 ranking, while the rest of the large school poll looks like this…
Grambling State University moved up a spot to No. 3 and Bethune-Cookman University jumped to No. 4 after winning seven consecutive games, three on the road against North Carolina A&T University. Norfolk State University dropped to No. 5. Jackson State University stays at No. 6, North Carolina Central University stepped up to No. 7 as the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell a spot to No. 8. Both No. 9 Texas Southern University and No. 10 Alcorn State University retained their rankings from the previous week.
In the “small school” division for the third consecutive week, the Tigers of Edward Waters College remains the No. 1 ranked team in Black College Nines Top 10 poll. EWC, 31-11 overall and 10-0 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) has qualified for the 2016 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I) Postseason Conference Tournament as the 6th seed.
There were some changes from last week’s rankings. Both West Virginia State University No. 2 and Selma University No. 3 held onto their rankings, but No. 4 Winston Salem State University and No. 5 Miles College switched spots from the previous poll. Stillman College climbed two spots to No. 6. Making its debut into the Top 10 poll this season for the first time in program’s history after claiming the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship, Claflin University enters at No. 7.
The rest of the small school poll, made up of NCAA Division II, Division III and NAIA schools, are Paine College and Benedict College which both slip two spots to No. 8 and No. 9 respectively. Jarvis Christian College dropped down a spot to No. 10. Falling out of the Top 10 poll was Talladega College.
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.
Large School Division
|1||Alabama State University||SWAC||31-14||1|
|2||Florida A&M University||MEAC||24-17||2|
|3||Grambling State University||SWAC||22-20||4|
|5||Norfolk State University||MEAC||23-18||3|
|6||Jackson State University||SWAC||24-22||6|
|7||North Carolina Central University||MEAC||23-25||8|
|8||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||SWAC||17-21||7|
|9||Texas Southern University||SWAC||18-22||9|
|10||Alcorn State University||SWAC||14-28||10|
Small School Division
|1||Edward Waters College||GCAC||31-11||1|
|2||West Virginia State University||MEC||26-12||2|
|4||Winston Salem State University||CIAA||29-21||5|
|10||Jarvis Christian College||GCAC||20-22||9|