March 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Todd Anderson
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Five new teams enter rankings
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DELTA STATE TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) A near-perfect week on the diamond has helped Delta State retain its position at the top of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25 for the third-straight week, but Colorado Mesa stretched its win streak out to six this week and continues to close the gap on the top spot.

The Mavericks (16-2) reeled off four-straight victories to pick up five more first-place votes this week, but the Statesmen picked up the other 14 first-place votes to maintain their perch. Five new teams entered the NCBWA Division II Top 25 this week, including Catawba (No. 18), Missouri Southern (No. T19) and Dixie State (No. 22) who returned to the national rankings after short absences.

Newberry (No. 24) is in the national rankings for the first time since March 1, 2016 (Week 3) after posting a trio of wins last week, including a series victory at Coker. Ashland (No. 25) returns to the NCBWA Top 25 for the first time since April 25, 2015 (Week 10) thanks to five wins amid its tour through the southeast.

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Delta State [14] Cleveland, Miss. 17-3 494 1
2. Colorado Mesa [6] Grand Junction, Colo. 16-2 479 2
3. UC San Diego San Diego, Calif. 13-4 436 5
4. Illinois Springfield Springfield, Ill. 9-1-1 419 3
5. Tampa Tampa, Fla. 15-5 402 7
6. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 17-3 386 6
7. St. Cloud State St. Cloud, Minn. 12-2 382 11
8. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 15-6 365 21
9. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 9-3 345 8
10. West Chester West Chester, Pa. 5-1 331 10
11. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 14-4 285 4
12. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 14-6 263 9
13. Colorado School of Mines Golden, Colo. 13-2 246 16
14. Quincy Quincy, Ill. 8-2 241 13
15. Mercyhurst Erie, Pa. 6-1 205 18
16. West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 14-7 193 17
17. Point Loma San Diego, Calif. 14-7 192 20
18. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 19-6 154 -
t19. Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 15-5 97 -
t19. Nova Southeastern Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 13-6 97 23
21. Wilmington Wilmington, Del. 8-4 88 19
22. Dixie State St. George, Utah 14-4 78 -
23. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 12-9 66 14
24. Newberry Newberry, S.C. 19-6 58 -
25. Ashland Ashland, Ohio 9-3 41 -
Also receiving votes: North Georgia (15-5) 35; Millersville (10-4) 23; Angelo State (18-5) 20; Barry (14-4) 20; San Francisco State (9-0-1) 16; Central Oklahoma (12-6) 11; Northwood (10-3) 7; Francis Marion (15-7) 5; Lubbock Christian (13-7) 4; Augustana (6-3) 3; USC Aiken (14-7) 2; New Haven (5-3) 2; Arkansas Tech (16-8) 1; NYIT (7-3) 1.
Dropped out: USC Aiken (12); Augustana (15); Southern Indiana (22); Angelo State (24); Carson-Newman (25).
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)