March 31, 2021
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Five teams attract first-place votes
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LINDENWOOD TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) Five different teams raked in at least one first-place vote, but it was undefeated Lindenwood that emerged from the chaos to assume its perch atop this week's NCBWA Division II Top 25. The Lions ascent to the No. 1 position officially put an end to Angelo State's 11-week reign atop the national poll.

Colorado Mesa, which has scored 15.0 runs per game over its current 6-game win streak, pulled in a pair of first-place votes to nestle into the No. 2 spot, while two South Region squads Tampa and Lee divvied up 12 of the remaining first-place votes and are ranked Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Mount Olive, which swept a four-game series at Chowan over the weekend, nabbed one first-place vote on the way to occupying the No. 7 position in the ranking.

Two teams re-entered the poll after previously appearing in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 already this season. UNC Pembroke is at No. 18 after stretching its win streak to 11 games with a road series sweep at Lander, while Millersville is back in the ranking after a two-week absence following a home-and-home series win against East Stroudsburg.

A pair of squads from the state of Minnesota made their 2021 debut in the national ranking. Minnesota State is in for the first time since the 2020 preseason edition of the poll, while Minnesota-Crookston graces the NCBWA Division II Top 25 for the first time in the ranking's 19-year history. St. Thomas Aquinas returns to the poll for the first time since Feb. 19, 2019 (Week 1).

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Lindenwood [4] St. Charles, Mo. 12-0 441 3
2. Colorado Mesa [2] Grand Junction, Colo. 16-2 433 4
3. Tampa [8] Tampa, Fla. 7-1 431 2
4. Lee [4] Cleveland, Tenn. 21-2 418 6
5. Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. 18-4 392 5
6. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 21-3 358 10
7. Mount Olive [1] Mount Olive, N.C. 19-6 356 8
8. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 14-3 350 7
9. Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. 12-0 311 11
10. Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 18-3 298 9
11. Angelo State San Angelo, Texas 17-3 295 1
12. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 20-6 260 12
13. West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 20-5 246 13
14. Illinois-Springfield Springfield, Ill. 14-2 222 14
15. Northwest Nazarene Nampa, Idaho 17-3 201 15
16. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 4-0 198 20
17. MSU Denver Denver, Colo. 18-2 178 18
18. UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. 19-5 155 RV
19. Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. 11-1 112 RV
20. Tusculum Greeneville, Tenn. 18-5 94 17
21. Northwood Midland, Mich. 8-2 91 t21
22. St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. 6-0 71 RV
23. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 9-4 62 RV
24. UT Tyler Tyler, Texas  16-7 40 25
25. Minnesota-Crookston Crookston, Minn. 11-0 36 NR
Also receiving votes: Shorter (16-8) 26; Franklin Pierce (4-1) 17; North Georgia (18-7) 15; Augustana (S.D.) (9-3) 10; Mercyhurst (11-5) 10; Point Loma (6-6) 9; Quincy (10-6) 5; Rollins (5-3) 1.
Dropped out: Franklin Pierce (16); Augustana (S.D.) (19); Catawba (t21); Mercyhurst (23); Florida Southern (24).

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2021 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Angelo State)
Feb. 17 (Angelo State)
Feb. 24 (Angelo State)
March 3 (Angelo State)
March 10 (Angelo State)
March 17 (Angelo State)
March 24 (Angelo State)
March 31 (Lindenwood)
April 7 (Colorado Mesa)
April 14 (Colorado Mesa)