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, which had been No. 1 for 10 consecutive weeks after Arkansas was preseason No. 1, was nudged out of the top spot for the first time in the 2013 regular season this week by Vanderbilt (39-6 overall to start the week). Those three schools are the only ones to have held down the No. 1 position throughout the 2013 surveys. The NCBWA 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 (17 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 Vanderbilt Southeastern 39-6 4
2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 41-4 1
3 Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-7 3
4 LSU SEC 39-6 2
5 Oregon State Pac-12 34-8 6 Continue reading
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MOUNT OLIVE NO. 1 IN NCAA DIV. II POLL
| Rank School (Record)
| 1. Mount Olive (43-4)
| 2. Delta St. (35-5-1)
| 3. S.C. Aiken (37-9)
| 4. Colorado Mesa (34-6)
| 5. Missouri Western (32-7)
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Well, it’s been a little over 24 hours since our season finished with a double-header yesterday and I’ve had some time to get my thoughts together. I never like for the season to come to an end. I had the opportunity to win two state championships in high school and even then I wanted to keep playing with those guys. It’s always tough to see guys go and see the team change.
Our team finished with the 7th most wins in program history this year so that’s a huge step in the right direction for a program that has really struggled. We still missed out on the conference tournament though so there’s a lot of things left to prove next year for my senior year. Going through senior day yesterday was a rough experience as I’ve had the chance to grow really close with the guys who are leaving. In my first two years at EMU, senior day was just another game to me. This year though, the team was different. We have truly grown into a family and it hurt knowing I wasn’t going to get to practice and play with those seniors again.
For me personally, the season was pretty rewarding. I felt like coming into the season I was relatively unknown. I had pitched my freshman and sophomore year but still wasn’t much of a factor in the conference and was flying under the radar for the most part. I feel like I’ve really opened up some eyes now and exceeded some expectations which is just a testament to how much my coaches have helped me through the season. They’ve worked with me a ton on my hitting and pitching and really invested in me. It also just feels great to see all the hard work I put in over the offseason pay off. I’ve been really blessed this year to stay healthy and perform well and I know it all just goes to glorify God which is truly humbling.
Now I get to finish up the school year with a week of exams and then I get to head home, which is good because I’ve been pretty homesick lately. I’ll probably take a week off to let my body recover some. A 40 game season takes a serious toll and by the end of the year there are so many things that just nag at you that I feel like I was maybe 70 percent in the last few games. After my body catches up, I’ll be back in the weight room and motivated to improve. Despite having a good year, there are so many things to get better at and I can’t wait to get to work on them. I’ve got a lot more in the tank and a lot more to prove and I’m looking forward to it.
I’ll be home for about a month and then I fly to Grand Island, New York for summer ball. Once again, I’ve just been blessed with a great opportunity to pitch for the Niagara Power of the NYCBL. I’ll be there for the majority of the summer and am looking forward to that experience.
It’s been an awesome season that I’ve been really happy to share with readers here. I haven’t had the chance to write as much as I’d like to just because playing college baseball demands so much of your time, but when I have gotten to write, it’s been a rewarding experience and I hope I’ve picked up a few fans along the way. I’ll continue to post here throughout the summer if it’s possible and look forward to just sharing more with you in this journey. God bless
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