PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) – A perfect run through the NCAA Division II National Championships cemented a No. 1 finish in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25 as the Angelo State Rams raked in all 20 first-place votes to reign supreme in the final edition of the national ranking on Thursday.
National runner-up Rollins jumped 18 spots from the final regular season poll to No. 2 in Thursday’s ranking, while Cal State San Bernardino, North Greenville and Southern New Hampshire occupied the Nos. 3 to 5 spots, respectively. Thursday’s release also snapped the 18-poll reign at No. 1 for North Greenville.
Three teams – Indianapolis and Barry – both made their season debuts in the national ranking on Thursday. The Greyhounds, who advanced all the way through to the NCAA Division II Championships, are in NCBWA Top 25 for the first time since Marcy 28, 2018 (Week 6), while the Buccaneers are among the nation’s top 25 teams for the first time since March 3, 2021 (Week 3). It Le Moyne’s first appearance in the NCBWA Top 25 in the 23-year history of the poll.
Augustana (S.D.) leapt back into the poll for the first time since the preseason ranking, while Minnesota State re-entered the NCBWA Top 25 after a 6-poll hiatus.
|2023 NCBWA DIVISION II POLL (FINAL)|
|Rk.||School [1st place]||Location||Record||Pts.||Pvs.|
|1.||Angelo State ||San Angelo, Texas||56-9||500||t1|
|2.||Rollins||Winter Park, Fla.||42-19||480||20|
|3.||Cal State San Bernardino||San Bernardino, Calif,||46-19||440||17|
|4.||North Greenville||Tigerville, S.C.||50-11||435||t1|
|5.||Southern New Hampshire||Manchester, N.H.||44-13||420||t10|
|7.||Augustana||Sioux Falls, S.D.||47-21||371||rv|
|9.||Colorado Mesa||Grand Junction, Colo.||48-11||326||5|
|12.||Central Missouri||Warrensburg, Mo.||43-15||254||4|
|13.||Seton Hill||Greensburg, Pa.||48-13||224||13|
|14.||Cal State Monterey Bay||Seaside, Calif.||39-18||219||9|
|15.||Belmont Abbey||Belmont, N.C.||41-18||193||19|
|17.||West Florida||Pensacola, Fla.||39-17||167||12|
|18.||Missouri Southern State||Joplin, Mo.||45-17||142||t10|
|19.||Minnesota State||Mankato, Minn.||43-18||133||nr|
|20.||St. Edward's (Texas)||Austin, Texas||40-17||121||14|
|21.||Barry||Miami Shores, Fla.||35-19||108||nr|
|23.||Le Moyne||DeWitt, N.Y.||34-22||58||rv|
|25.||Southern Arkansas||Magnolia, Ark.||40-18||51||15|
|Also receiving votes: East Stroudsburg (36-14) 36; Mount Olive (38-17) 34; Azusa Pacific (35-19) 28; UT Tyler (39-19) 28; Goldey-Beacom (37-20) 25; MSU Denver (42-14) 10; Maryville (Mo.) (36-20) 9; Point Loma (36-16) 8; Wayne State (Mich.) (42-13) 8; Valdosta State (33-20) 6; Charleston (W. Va.) (43-12) 3; Northwood (42-19) 3; UNC Pembroke (39-17) 1.|
|Dropped out: UT Tyler (21); East Stroudsburg (22); Mount Olive (23); Azusa Pacific (24); Maryville (Mo.) (25).|
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