Jan. 24, 2022
For Immediate Release
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Eight-time champs edge out defending champs for season's first top spot
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TAMPA TOPS 2022 PRESEASON NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) Defending national champion Wingate raked in a majority of the available first-place votes, but it is 8-time national champion Tampa that sits atop the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Preseason Top 25 that was released on Monday afternoon.

The Spartans, who return eight position starters and three of their top four pitchers from last season's 23-6 club that advanced all the way through to the national semifinals, raked in seven first-place votes to edge out the Bulldogs for the top spot by just three points. Wingate, who completed a magical run through the NCAA postseason with a 5-3 win over Central Missouri in the national title game, collected 10 of the available 19 first-place votes to nestle into the No. 2 spot.

Central Missouri and Colorado Mesa both picked up a first-place vote before settling into the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively. It is the eighth time in the 20-year history of the NCBWA Division II Top 25 that Tampa has started the season in the No. 1 position. It is the first time that the Spartans have held the No. 1 ranking since the 2020 preseason poll, however.

Molloy made its program debut in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 with Monday's release, Chico State makes an appearance for the first time since the 2018 preseason poll and Arkansas Tech is among the nation's top 25 teams for the first time since the 2015 preseason release. Columbus State and Colorado Colorado Springs are back in the top 25 after brief appearances last season.

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Tampa [7] Tampa, Fla. 23-6 454 3
2. Wingate [10] Wingate, N.C. 39-13 451 1
3. Central Missouri [1] Warrensburg, Mo. 36-8 429 2
4. Colorado Mesa [1] Grand Junction, Colo. 42-7 427 10
5. Angelo State San Angelo, Texas 44-9 370 4
6. Trevecca Nazarene Nashville, Tenn. 36-13 335 9
7. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 28-9 316 7
8. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 33-10 314 16
9. Seton Hill Greensburg, Pa. 39-8 313 5
10. West Florida Pensacola, Fla. 37-11 312 8
11. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 34-7 274 21
12. Columbus State Columbus, Ga. 31-16 232 RV
t13. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 37-12 220 13
t13. Northwest Nazarene Nampa, Idaho 35-10 220 6
15. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 34-9 206 11
16. Lee Cleveland, Tenn. 36-11 191 12
17. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 30-15 190 20
18. Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. 33-16 189 24
19. Arkansas Tech Russellville, Ark. 33-9 113 RV
20. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 33-11 98 15
21. Illinois Springfield Springfield, Ill. 37-8 91 14
22. Molloy Rockville Centre, N.Y. 25-11 73 RV
23. Minnesota State Mankato, Minn. 27-14 64 17
24. Delta State Cleveland, Miss. 28-20 47 25
25. Chico State Chico, Calif. 0-0 40 NR
Also receiving votes: Mercyhurst (27-15) 29 points; North Greenville (34-13) 28 points; Chico State (null) 26 points; Augustana, S.D. (27-14) 19 points; Franklin Pierce (22-11)12 points; Northwood (29-17) 11 points; Western Oregon (22-8) 10 points; MSU Denver (34-10) 9 points; UNC Pembroke (29-15) 9 points; Florida Southern (15-11) 7 points; Cal State Monterey Bay (null) 2 points; Lindenwood (34-9) 2 points; Charleston, W.Va. (33-13) 1 point.
Dropped out: North Greenville (18); Augustana, S.D. (19); Western Oregon (22); St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y. (23).
Records are from the 2021 season | Regional Polls

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2022 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Tampa)
Feb. 16 (Wingate)
Feb. 23 (Wingate)
March 2 (Wingate)
March 9 (Nova Southeastern)
March 16 (Wingate)
March 23 (Tampa)
March 30 (Tampa)
April 6 (Tampa)
April 13 (Tampa)
April 20 (Wingate)
April 27 (Wingate)
May 4 (Wingate)
May 11 (North Greenville)