NCBWA DII Top 30 Rankings – Feb 18

Rank First Place Votes Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Tampa -10- 7-1 347 1
2 Minnesota State 3-1 321 2
3 Cal. Poly-Pomona -2- 10-0 306 NR
4 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 0-0 288 5
5 USC Aiken 7-2 278 T8 Continue reading

NCBWA DI Rankings – Feb 17

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 17th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 (weekly through June 10) following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) have held down the No. 1 position in the initial two 2014 surveys. Last year Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools were No. 1 every week until UCLA captured the 2013 NCAA title. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current survey has representation by nine different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 17)
Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Oregon State Pac-12 3-0 3
2. Cal State Fullerton Big West 2-1 1
3. Florida State ACC 3-0 5
4. Virginia ACC 2-1 2
5. LSU SEC 3-0 6 Continue reading

NCBWA Division II Regional Rankings – Feb 18

Atlantic Region

RK School -First-Place Votes- W-L Pts. Prev.
1 Shippensburg (Pa.) -9- 0-0 126 1
2 Seton Hill (Pa.) -4- 0-0 122 3
3 Millersville (Pa.) 2-1 119 2
4 Concord (W. Va.) -1- 1-1 93 4
5 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 1-0 87 5
6 Kutztown (Pa.) 0-0 57 7
7 Slippery Rock (Pa.) 0-0 48 8
8 Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 2-5 40 6
9 California (Pa.) 0-0 34 9
10 Mercyhurst (Pa.) 0-0 26 10

Also receiving votes: Virginia State (4-0), 11 points; Shepherd, W. Va. (0-3) 3 points; West Chester, Pa. (0-0) 2 points.
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Despite Losses, Top Teams Remain Same in DII Rankings

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(1)
TAMPA SPARTANS
Top ranked Tampa (7-1) split a twin-bill with George College on Sunday. The two will settle the series Monday in a winner take all cage match. A visit from Albany State awaits the Spartans next week.
2
(2)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (3-1) outscored Northeastern State in a Sunday doubleheader which is no easy feat; that’s like out-cooling the Fonz because the RiverHawks got some sticks. Southwest Baptist for the Mavs midweek with no games as MSU prepares for their spring trip south.
3
(3)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USCA (7-2) swept visiting Belmont Abbey to put a stranglehold on their top three position. The Pacers’ first road games are this week against the always formidable Francis Marion Patriots.
4
(4)
LANDER BEARCATS
The Bearcats (8-1) split a double header with Flagler. The two teams will play again Monday to decide the series victor. LU has road games against Clafin and Young Harris this week.
5
(5)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
UMO (5-3) battled Concord to an extra-innings loss before squishing them 14-1 in a rematch. The Trojans and Mountain Lions will decide the series winner Monday and Mount Olive will go on to play Lenoir-Rhyne and California (Pa) this week. Continue reading

2014 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Release from College Baseball Hall of Fame
Every year, a new class is inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, and the brotherhood of coaches, players and umpires grows. With the 2014 class, that sense of brotherhood will be even more prominent, as the Hall of Fame will now feature siblings.

Gene Stephenson, who has more Division I wins than any other coach, will join his brother, Phil, in the Hall of Fame. Phil Stephenson was inducted in 2007.

“It’s great to unite the Stephenson brothers as inductees,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “Once Gene went on the ballot this year, there was no doubt he’d be a part of this year’s class.” Continue reading

Spartans Take Top Spot From Mavericks. Weevilmania Begins.

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
The Spartans (6-0) swept the competion at the Prestige Appliance Classic which included wins over a pair of top five teams in Mount Olive and USC Aiken. UT has another big weekend coming up with a series at Georgia College.
2
(1)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The top ranked Mavericks (1-1) split with upstart Arkansas Monticello. The loss to UAM slips MSU from the top spot and solidifies the Weevils’ accention into the top twenty. The Mavs head to Tahlequah, OK to play offensive-minded Northeastern State next weekend.
3
(2)
USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers (4-2) could have laid claim to the top spot had they held off a ninth inning Tampa rally. Nonetheless, USCA did have wins over Shepherd and Mount Olive for a solid showing for the weekend. A date with Belmont Abbey awaits the Pacers for Valentine’s Day weekend.
4
(13)
LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (7-0) routed Clafin midweek and swept three games from North Greenville over the weekend to move into the top ten. The Bearcats have a midweek matchup with Mount Olive and series with Flagler this week.
5
(5)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
UMO (4-2) lost a pair of games over the weekend, but they were to two of the top three teams in the rankings. The Trojans fell to Tampa and USC Aiken while winning against Shepherd. UMO has another tough week with Lander and Concord on the agenda. Continue reading

NCBWA Releases 2014 Preseason Division I Poll – Cal State Fullerton No. 1

Cal State Fullerton has been selected No. 1 nationally in the 17th annual 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I preseason poll. It’s the second NCBWA preseason No. 1 ranking for the Titans, along with the 2005 season. Cal State Fullerton is paced by a pair of preseason All-American starting pitchers in Thomas Eshelman, a sophomore who was 12-3 with a 1.48 ERA, 17 starts, 115 2/3 innings pitched, and 83 strikeouts as a freshman; and sophomore Justin Garza who was 12-0 with a 2.03 ERA, 17 starts, 115 innings of work, and 95 strikeouts as a consensus Freshman All-America hurler (along with Eshelman) in 2013.

Defending NCAA champion UCLA (a first-time baseball titlist in 2013) is ranked ninth initially after entering the 2013 season No. 5 in the NCBWA. Mississippi State, which advanced to the CWS final round for the first time in school history, is No. 4 this year after starting 2013 at No. 16. No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Oregon State, MSU, and No. 5 Florida State round out the 2014 inaugural top five.

 

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1 Cal State Fullerton
2 Virginia
3 Oregon State
4 Mississippi State
5 Florida State  Continue reading

DII Baseball Rankings – Feb 02

Rank(Last Week) Team / Comment
1
(1)
Minnesota State Mavericks
The top ranked Mavericks (0-0) start their season next week when they play an increasingly good Arkansas Monticello club that can not be overlooked.
2
(2)
USC Aiken Pacers
The Pacers (2-0) started their season by taking two from Lincoln Memorial which included a 10-0 win over the visiting Railsplitters.
3
(3)
Tampa Spartans
The Spartans (3-0) began their national champion title defense with a sweep over the visiting Bentley Falcons – which despite the sound of the name is a school team and not a fleet of British luxury cars.
4
(4)
TEXAS A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
The Javelinas (2-0) opened the season with a pair of easy wins over the University of Houston-Victoria.
5
(5)
Mount Olive Trojans
New school name same dominating Trojans. UMO (3-0) swept three from Winston-Salem State to open 2014. Continue reading

NCBWA Division II Preseason Poll

RK School -First-Place Votes- W-L (2013) Pts. Prev.
1 Tampa (Fla.) -12- 47-12 348 2
2 Minnesota State -2- 42-9 336 21
3 St. Edward’s (Texas) 44-18 311 NR
4 Mount Olive (N.C.) 48-8 303 7
5 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 38-19 295 18
6 Delta State (Miss.) 44-11-1 256 6
7 Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 37-19 238 RV
8 Chico State (Calif.) 37-18 227 13
USC Aiken 42-13 227 1
10 Shippensburg (Pa.) 32-23 214 NR Continue reading