Feb. 26, 2020
For Immediate Release
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Rams remain No. 1 with 14-0 record
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ANGELO STATE TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) Undefeated Angelo State raked in all 19 first place votes to retain its perch atop the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25 on Wednesday.

The Rams have averaged an NCAA-best 12.9 runs per game in tacking up wins in their first 14 outings of the 2020 season, and also lead the nation with a .395 team batting average as well. Reigning NCBWA Player of the Year Josh Elvir has complemented a .522 batting average with an NCAA-best nine home runs, 27 RBI and 31 runs scored. Junior right-hander Trent Baker is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 23-1/3 innings of work.

Seven new teams are in this week's poll, including four squads (Bellarmine, Catawba, Delta State, West Texas A&M) that re-entered the ranking after a one-week hiatus. Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and UT Tyler are in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 for the first time in their respective program's history. East Stroudsburg is included in the poll for the first time since the 2016 campaign (April 26).

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Angelo State [19] San Angelo, Texas 14-0 475 1
2. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 13-2-1 452 3
3. UC San Diego San Diego, Calif. 10-3 428 4
4. Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. 11-3 407 8
5. Tampa Tampa, Fla. 8-4 400 7
6. Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. 8-2 372 6
7. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 12-2 329 11
8. New York Tech Old Westbury, N.Y. 4-1 316 12
9. Ashland Ashland, Ohio 2-1 314 10
10. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 7-2 312 18
11. Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 13-1 306 17
12. Biola La Mirada, Calif. 9-1 275 14
13. Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach, Fla. 10-3 246 RV
14. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 12-2 193 RV
15. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 11-2 178 RV
16. Oklahoma Baptist Shawnee, Okla. 11-2 156 24
17. Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. 8-1 153 RV
18. Florida Southern Lakeland, Fla. 9-4 147 5
19. East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. 9-1 136 NR
20. Stanislaus State Turlock, Calif. 11-3 130 19
21. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 5-3 90 23
22. UT Tyler Tyler, Texas 12-1 78 NR
23. Delta State Cleveland, Miss. 10-3 73 NR
24. Georgia College Milledgeville, Ga. 8-1 72 21
25. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 12-2 66 2
Also receiving votes: Davenport (6-1) 26; Dixie State (11-3) 21; Bloomsburg (3-1) 8; Rollins (9-4) 5; Montana State Billings (8-2) 4; North Georgia (10-2) 4; Adelphi (0-0) 2; Central Oklahoma (9-2) 1.
Dropped out: Mercyhurst (9th); Newberry (13th); Barry (15th); Dixie State (16th); Bellarmine (20th); Texas A&M Kingsville (22nd); Mississippi College (25th).
Regional Polls

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.

2020 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Tampa)
Feb. 19 (Angelo State)
Feb. 26 (Angelo State)
March 3 (Angelo State)
March 10 (Angelo State)