NCAA Division II Poll: 03-02-09

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

TUSCON, Ariz. — Now in its 20th season of competition at the NCAA Division II level, the Cal State Stanislaus baseball program has reached the top for the first time. Monday, the Warriors were ranked No. 1in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

This week the Warriors, 12-3 on the season, received 472 vote points, tying them for the No. 1 ranking with Southern Arkansas (14-4). Cal State Stanislaus and Southern Arkansas were the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, respectively, in last week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Lynn University (Fla.), which held on to the No. 1 ranking for two weeks, fell to No. 13.

The Warriors previously set a team best when they reached the No. 2 spot two weeks ago. On Saturday the Warriors split a doubleheader with Sonoma State, the defending California Collegiate Athletic Association and West Region champion, by scores of 3-8 and 3-0. The four game series was cut short, however, as rain has postponed games three and four in Rohnert Park until a date to be determined.

The Web site Ping!Baseball.com has the Warriors ranked No. 2 this week behind Southern Arkansas.

The CCAA is well-represented in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, with four other teams getting recognized. No. 16 Chico State rose from No. 19, No. 17 UC San Diego, rose all the way from No. 26, and both Sonoma State and Cal State Dominguez Hills make their season debut on the poll tied at No. 30 with two other teams.

The Warriors begin a four game weekend set at 2 p.m. Friday in Turlock against CCAA opponent San Francisco State.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1. Cal State Stanislaus 12-3 472 2
Southern Arkansas 14-4 472 3
3. Abilene Christian 14-4 436 8
Mesa State 12-3 436 4
5. Grand Valley State 1-0 424 6
6. North Georgia 10-5 398 10
7. North Alabama 16-4 386 12
8. Lenoir-Rhyne 13-4 358 15
9. Florida Southern 13-4 344 14
10. Franklin Pierce 2-1 342 5
11. West Chester 5-2 324 7
12. Georgia College & State 10-4 298 18
13. Lynn 14-3 286 1
14. St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 7-2 274 16
15. Central Missouri 6-2 252 13
16. Cal State Chico 10-6 244 T19
17. UC San Diego 10-4 228 T26
18. Ouachita Baptist 16-5 218 17
19. Lander 13-4 182 22
20. Angelo State 12-7 158 T19
21. Francis Marion 10-5-1 154 29
22. Nova Southeastern 15-2 144 T26
23. Emporia State 8-2 130 30
24. Wayne State (Neb.) 3-1 112 RV
25. Incarnate Word 13-4 96 NR
26. St. Mary’s (Texas) 13-5 74 24
27. Barry 11-2 40 RV
28. Anderson (S.C.) 11-5 32 23
29. Bellarmine 5-4 22 RV
30. Montevallo 13-5 14 NR
Sonoma State 9-4 14 RV
Erskine 13-4 14 RV
Cal State Dominguez Hills 10-6 14 RV

Dropped Out: #9 Tampa, #11 Cameron, #21 UT Permian Basin, #25 Western Oregon, #28 Nebraska – Omaha.

Did Not Report: Mount Olive, UNC Pembroke, Tampa, Delta State.

Also Receiving Votes: UT Permian Basin, Henderson State, W. Oregon, Colorado State – Pueblo 2, UMass-Lowell 2, West Florida 2, Catawba 2, Columbus State 1, Pfeiffer 1, Fort Hays State 1, Nebraska – Omaha 1, Cameron 1, Ashland 1, New Mexico Highlands 1, Concord 1, Indiana (Pa.) 1, California (Pa.) 1, Slippery Rock 1, West Virginia State 1.