NCBWA Division II Top 25 Rankings – March 18

February 28, 2013 Poll

NATIONAL TOP 25

Rank School (#1 Votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
  1. Delta State, Miss (10) 20-4 298 2
 T1. Lander, S.C. (2) 21-4 298 6
  3. Central Missouri 13-2 274 3
  4. West Florida 20-4 253 5
  5. St. Mary’s, Texas 17-8 232 7 Continue reading

NCBWA Division II Regional Rankings – Mar 18

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10

Rank School (#1 Votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
  1. Shippensburg, Pa. (11) 12-3 110 1
  2. Seton Hill, Pa. 13-4 90 4
  3. Slippery Rock, Pa. 10-4 83 2
  4. Millersville, Pa. 13-5 81 3
  5. California, Pa. 13-3 64 6 Continue reading

NCBWA Releases March 18th DI Poll – North Carolina No Longer Undefeated, but Remain Top Team

NCBWA March 18 Division I Poll Release

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 18-June 27 (weekly through June 11) following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

North Carolina (five consecutive weeks) and Arkansas (preseason No. 1) have held down the No. 1 position throughout the 2013 surveys. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by 10 different conferences (15 total for the season) among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The surveys of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rank-School-2013 Record-Previous Rank
1 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 18-1 1
2 Vanderbilt Southeastern 19-2 2
3 LSU SEC 18-2 3
4 Oregon State Pac-12 19-1 4
5 Florida State ACC 18-1 5 Continue reading

Statesmen Remain Top DII Team, Lander Jumps to Second Spot

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(1)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
The Statesmen (20-4) hit the road and split a pair of games with Abilene Christian and handily swept three games from Christian Brothers. This week DSU hosts Harding and has a showdown with Alabama Huntsville that lost some of its luster following the Chargers series loss this week, but should still be a doozy.
2
(5)
LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (21-4) surpassed its best start in program history when they earned wins at Newberry and Augusta State. Keeping the wins coming will be harder this week with scheduled games against Erskine and Montevallo. Logan Pemberton and Patrick Grady head a balanced team capable of competing with any club.
3
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (19-4) went 3-1 last week with each of their wins being by a single run and two of which were walkoffs. UT had a midweek game against Wayne State won an SSC series over St. Leo. This week has some interesting matchup with Wester Chester, Franklin Pierce and Rollins coming to town.
4
(2)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (22-4) takes a small slip in the rankings after a surprising series loss to King in their only action of the week. The Trojans will look to get back on track with games against Armstrong and Coker this week.
5
(4)
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (13-2) hosted Nebraska-Kearney and took two of three close contests from the ‘Lopers. After a midweek doubleheader with Lincoln, UCM welcomes the Washburn Ichabods for three games in Warrensburg. Continue reading

DIII Team Makes “Major League” Video

For a brutal fifteen minutes it seemed everyone was creating Harlem Shake videos; sadly the world of college baseball was no exception.  A cavalcade of teams were making videos of themselves hero costumed and gyrating with a variety of hardball equipment, each only a slight variation of the last.  It made me wish for the days when teams were simply trying to one-up each other with “Rain Delay Theater” mini-movies (which are still pretty good overall – keep them coming). Yet even when the meme was at its peak, one school went a different direction when making a team video.

The Lobos of Sul Ross State University, a DIII school in tiny Alpine, Texas have made a delightful spoof of a scene from the popular baseball movie “Major League”, which itself was a spoof of an American Express commercial.  In it the Lobos promote the Lobo ID Card and perfectly parody the original movie, substituting a few words and lines when needed. It’s a funny, refreshing clip and has made me a fan of SRSU. Continue reading