Feb. 19, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Todd Anderson
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Five new teams enter first regular-season poll
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TAMPA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) – An 8-2 start to the season has put Tampa in a familiar spot as the Spartans climbed atop the NCBWA Division II Baseball Top 25 for the first regular season edition of the ranking in 2019. It is the sixth-straight year that UT has held the No. 1 spot for at least one week.

Five new teams entered this week’s poll, headlined by Catawba (N.C.) and Delta State (Miss.) who debuted inside the top 10 after impressive starts. That list of newcomers to the rankings also includes No. 14 St. Cloud State (Minn.), No. 18 Dixie State (Utah), No. 23 Ohio Dominican and No. 24 Point Loma (Calif.)

Carson-Newman (Tenn.) enters the NCBWA Top 25 at No. 23 for the first time since 2008 after a 10-2 start to the campaign. The story is much the same for Rollins (Fla.) who makes its debut in the national rankings (No. 25) for the first time since 2010 after the Tars captured eight of their first nine outings.

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Tampa [6] Tampa, Fla. 8-2 488 2
t2. Augustana [3] Sioux Falls, S.D. 1-1 454 1
t2. West Texas A&M [1] Canyon, Texas 11-1 454 t10
4. UC San Diego [1] San Diego, Calif. 7-1 446 4
5. Catawba [2] Salisbury, N.C. 11-1 419 -
6. Illinois-Springfield Springfield, Ill. 3-0 376 -
7. Delta State Cleveland, Miss. 9-0 372 15
8. Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. 7-1 357 17
9. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 1-2 298 7
10. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 7-2 286 23
11. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 6-3 278 12
12. Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. 0-0 264 16
13. Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. 5-2 259 5
14. St. Cloud State St. Cloud, Minn. 3-0 240 -
15. Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. 2-1 213 24
16. Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. 8-4 186 14
17. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 3-0 167 13
18. Mississippi College Clinton, Miss. 7-3 147 -
19. St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. 0-0 139 18
20. Dixie State St. George, Utah 6-2 137 19
21. West Chester West Chester, Pa. 0-0 113 25
22. Carson-Newman Jefferson City, Tenn. 10-2 82 -
23. Ohio Dominican Columbus, Ohio 2-0 69 -
24. Point Loma San Diego, Calif. 6-4 52 -
25. Rollins Winter Park, Fla. 8-1 49 -
Also receiving votes: Central Oklahoma (6-2) 40 points; North Greenville (6-3) 38 points; Lubbock Christian (7-3) 21 points; Cal Poly Pomona (6-4) 11 points; Millersville (0-3) 7 points; Northwestern Oklahoma State (10-2) 7 points; New Haven (0-0) 6 points; Francis Marion (8-3) 4 points; Quincy (2-1) 4 points; Nova Southeastern (5-3) 2 points; Colorado-Colorado Springs (7-3) 1 point.
Dropped out: Columbus State (3); Texas A&M-Kingsville (6); North Greenville (8); Millersville (9); Bellarmine (t10); Central Missouri (20); Cal State Monterey Bay (21); Nova Southeastern (22).
Regional Polls

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2019 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
• Preseason (Augustana, S.D.)
• Feb. 19 (Tampa)
• Feb. 26 (Delta State)
• March 5 (Delta State)
• March 12 (Delta State)
• March 19 (Colorado Mesa)