June 21, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Todd Anderson
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Wingate claims its first national championship
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WINGATE MESA TOPS FINAL NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) Five consecutive victories over top 15-ranked teams not only pushed Wingate to its first national championship in program history, but also helped the Bulldogs secure all 19 first-place votes to vault atop the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Top 25 on Monday.

The Bulldogs were the biggest movers in the national poll, hopping 15 spots to No. 1 just the second top-10 listing for the program in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 since the North Carolina-based school checked in at No. 9 on Feb. 28, 2018 (Week 2). National runner-up Central Missouri nestled into the No. 2 position in the poll, while Tampa, Angelo State and Seton Hill rounded out the top 5.

Southern Arkansas (No. 21) and Davenport (No. 24) were the only new entries in the final national poll of the 2021 season. It is the first appearance in the top 25 for either program since March 3 (Week 3).

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Wingate [19] Wingate, N.C. 39-13 475 16
2. Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. 46-8 456 2
3. Tampa Tampa, Fla. 23-6 431 13
4. Angelo State San Angelo, Texas 43-9 422 10
5. Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. 39-7 394 4
6. Northwest Nazarene Nampa, Idaho 34-10 376 15
7. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 28-8 343 14
8. West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 37-11 323 3
9. Trevecca Nazarene Nashville, Tenn. 36-13 318 21
10. Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. 41-6 304 1
11. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 34-9 277 5
12. Lee Cleveland, Tenn. 36-11 243 7
13. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 37-12 228 11
14. Illinois Springfield Springfield, Ill. 37-8 206 6
15. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 33-11 193 8
16. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 31-10 179 9
17. Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. 39-10 162 17
18. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 34-13 141 19
19. Augustana Sioux Falls, S.D. 36-13 121 12
20. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 30-15 107 20
21. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 30-16 88 RV
22. Western Oregon Monmouth, Ore. 22-8 79 23
23. St. Thomas Aquinas Sparkill, N.Y. 26-6 64 18
24. Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. 31-16 57 RV
25. Delta State Cleveland, Miss. 28-20 38 22
Also receiving votes: Lindenwood (Mo.) (33-9) 29; Molloy (24-11) 28; UNC Pembroke (29-15) 27; Colorado Colorado Springs (29-12) 18; Columbus State (31-16) 12; Northwood (29-17) 12; Charleston (W.Va.) (33-11) 10; West Virginia State (32-10) 8; MSU Denver (34-10) 7; Arkansas Tech (28-17) 1.
Dropped out: Colorado Colorado Springs (24); West Virginia State (25).

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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)
April 21 (Colorado Mesa)
April 28 (Colorado Mesa)
May 5 (Colorado Mesa)
May 12 (Colorado Mesa)
May 19 (Colorado Mesa)
May 26 (Colorado Mesa)
Final (Wingate)