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RAWLINGS WEEK 13 NCBA DI TOP 20

In the Rawlings Week 13 NCBA DI Top 20, not much has changed at the top but two newcomers joined the party.  The University of Alabama makes a big jump after taking 2 of 3 from LSU, who at the time was ranked #18.  The biggest jump goes to the University of Florida who lands at #12.  They took 3 victories from the University of Georgia (two of which were forfeits) and also swept the University of Miami to push their overall record to 8-1.  Central Florida takes a big fall after a tough weekend while two others fall from the Top 20 completely.

-Next Poll Released on 3/7/19!

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

The University of Texas has automatically forfeited two conference games to UTSA  while the University of Houston has automatically forfeited 3 conference games to Lone Star College during Week 12.  Both teams are also placed on probation.  This is due to their violation of NCBA Rule 6.02.2.

RAWLINGS WEEK 11 NCBA DI TOP 20

Not too much movement in the Rawlings Week 11 NCBA DI Top 20, but that was to be expected.  The top 7 remain the same but the biggest movers were two teams that faced off in the opening weekend of the season.  Texas A&M drops 6 spots after losing 2 of 3 to Louisiana State, while the Bayou Bengals make a big jump into the Top 20 Landing at #18.

-NEXT POLL RELEASED ON 2/21/2019!

RAWLINGS NCBA DI PRESEASON TOP 20

Well here we go!  Let the chatter begin!  For the first time since 2015, the previous year’s National Champion, Penn State, is not ranked #1 even with earning the vast majority of first-place votes.  Not a huge surprise to see ECU in the top position with the amount of returners coming back in 2019.  They will be a tough team to beat.  Two other teams earned first-place votes in the Rawlings NCBA DI Preseason Top 20, so be sure to check it out!

-Next poll released on 2/7/2019!

NORTH ATLANTIC TEAM PREVIEWS

2018 couldn’t have went any better for the Penn State Baseball Club capping off their season with a National Championship that was won in dramatic fashion.   After winning the extremely competitive North Atlantic West Conference, Penn State entered the Regional Tournament as the #1 seed.  In some very hard fought games, Penn State won 3 straight to capture 2nd Regional Championship in a row.  They entered the World Series as the #7 seed and had to face off against the defending National Champions, East Carolina in their opening round game.  After an 8-7 victory over ECU, the Nittany Lions went on to beat Iowa State and Oregon in their next two, which earned them a spot in the National Championship against none other than the Pirates from East Carolina.  Penn State showed how resilient of a bunch they were in the Championship game coming from behind twice late in the game.  Heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, they were down three but put a 3 spot on the board to tie the game up heading into the 9th.  After ECU regained the lead in the 9th by two runs, Penn State walked off in the bottom of the 9th to claim their 2nd ever National Championship.  Will Penn State have what it takes to win the North Atlantic again in 2019?  Check out the North Atlantic Team Previews to find out!

-DIVISION I PRESEASON TOP 20 POLL RELEASED ON 1/24/19!

MID-ATLANTIC TEAM PREVIEWS

To say East Carolina is a absolute powerhouse is an understatement.  They have won the Mid-Atlantic Region five years in a row and six of the last eight years.  While the Mid-Atlantic Championship Crown has been one they are used to wearing, the National Championship Crown hasn’t been so easily attainable for the Pirates.  In their first appearance at the World Series in 2011 and winning the National Championship, they had a two year hiatus before returning in 2014.  After disappointing finishes at the World Series in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ECU absolutely dominated the World Series in 2017 behind incredible pitching and defense. In 4 games at the World Series, they only gave up 1-run which helped propel them to their 2nd ever National Championship.  In 2018, the Pirates picked up where they left off winning the Mid-Atlantic once again and entered the World Series as the #2 seed.  After a tough opening round loss to Penn State, they battled through the losers bracket winning 4-games in a row to land themselves in the National Championship against Penn State.  All things pointed to ECU claiming their 3rd National Championship being up 2 runs heading into the bottom of the 9th, but a late rally by Penn State ended their season as National Runners-Up.  Will that heartbreak motivate the Pirates in 2019, or will someone else in the Mid-Atlantic take their spot?  Check out the Mid-Atlantic Team Previews to find out!

-Division I PRESEASON TOP 20 POLL RELEASED 1/24/19!

NORTHERN PACIFIC TEAM PREVIEWS

In 2018, the University of Oregon represented the Northern Pacific Region at the World Series after a year hiatus.  The Ducks had high expectations coming in as the #1 seed but it certainly didn’t go as expected even though they made it to the final four.  While they were eliminated by the eventual National Champions, Penn State, Oregon does bring quite a bit back in 2019.  Will they be hungry enough to get back to Holly Springs or will another team emerge from the NoPac in 2019?  Check out the Northern Pacific Team Previews to find out!

-DIVISION I PRESEASON TOP 20 POLL RELEASED ON 1/24/19!

MID-AMERICA TEAM PREVIEWS

Iowa State won the Mid-America Region in 2018 in dramatic fashion.  They lost their opening round game to Missouri by one run, then battled through the losers bracket.  They eventually faced Colorado State in an elimination game and defeated the Rams by a score of 1-0.  Once in the Championship, they faced Missouri once again needing to beat them twice.  The Cyclones were up to the task and beat Missouri twice, by you guessed it, one run in each of the games to claim the Mid-America Regional Championship.  ISU was a battle tested team that came into the World Series as the #6 seed.  They won their first game but lost the next two to Penn State and ECU respectively.  Will the Cyclones have what it takes to win the very competitive Mid-America in 2019 or will it be someone else’s turn?  You’ll have to check out the Mid-America Team Previews to find out…

-DIVISION I PRESEASON TOP 20 POLL RELEASED ON 1/24/19!