Feb. 17, 2021
For Immediate Release
Contact: Todd Anderson
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Three teams attract first-place votes
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ANGELO STATE TOPS NCBWA DIVISION II POLL

PEMBROKE, N.C. (NCBWA) A quiet week on the baseball diamond produced very little change in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 as Angelo State raked in 14 of a possible 19 first-place votes to retain its perch atop the listing in the first regular season edition of the national poll.

Teams listed in the Top 25 this week have combined to play just 35 games in the 2021 season thus far, while 14 squads have yet to lift the lid on the 2021 campaign. Central Missouri is the newest edition to the first-place-vote club as the Mules picked up a first-place nod despite enjoying an idle week. Tampa closed the gap on the front-running Rams in the points column despite losing a trio of first-place votes from their preseason tally. The top nine spots in the listing remained unchanged, while Southern Arkansas leapt six spots to No. 10 following a series win at Henderson State.

Four new teams entered the national ranking this week, including Missouri Southern who posted a season-opening sweep of Flagler on the road. Franklin Pierce and Lee are back in the NCBWA Division II Top 25 for the first time since Feb. 21, 2017 (Week 1), while UNC Pembroke makes its first appearance in the listing since Feb. 28, 2018 (Week 2).

Rk. School [1st place] Location Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Angelo State [14] San Angelo, Texas 2-1 469 1
2. Tampa [4] Tampa, Fla. 0-0 446 2
3. Central Missouri [1] Warrensburg, Mo. 3-1 431 3
4. North Greenville Tigerville, S.C. 1-0 423 4
5. Colorado Mesa Grand Junction, Colo. 0-0 394 5
6. Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo. 0-0 373 6
7. Barry Miami Shores, Fla. 0-0 349 7
8. Catawba Salisbury, N.C. 1-0 341 8
9. East Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg, Pa. 0-0 282 9
10. Southern Arkansas Magnolia, Ark. 2-1 251 16
11. Southern New Hampshire Manchester, N.H. 0-0 246 13
12. West Texas A&M Canyon, Texas 5-1 239 22
13. Point Loma San Diego, Calif. 0-0 230 15
14. Mount Olive Mount Olive, N.C. 1-0 222 18
15. Ashland Ashland, Ohio 0-0 207 14
16. Azusa Pacific Azusa, Calif. 0-0 172 19
17. Millersville Millersville, Pa. 0-0 157 17
18. Columbus State Columbus, Ga. 0-0 144 12
19. Missouri Southern Joplin, Mo. 3-0 138 NR
20. Lee Cleveland, Tenn. 5-0 135 RV
21. UT Tyler Tyler, Texas 4-2 133 10
22. Central Oklahoma Edmond, Okla. 0-0 95 11
23. Davenport Grand Rapids, Mich. 0-0 55 25
24. Franklin Pierce Rindge, N.H. 0-0 53 RV
25. UNC Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. 2-0 40 RV
Also receiving votes: Shorter (4-2) 36; Concordia-Irvine (0-0) 34; West Florida (4-2) 15; Augustana (S.D.) (0-0) 12; Colorado School of Mines (0-0) 11; Florida Southern (0-0) 10; Bloomsburg (0-0) 9; Georgia College (0-0) 8; Montana State-Billings (0-0) 4; North Georgia (5-1) 4; Adelphi (0-0) 3; Indianapolis (0-0) 2; Lander (5-0) 1.
Dropped out: West Florida (20); Georgia College (21); Augustana, S.D. (23); Alabama-Huntsville (24).

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2021 NCBWA Division II Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Angelo State)
Feb. 17 (Angelo State)
Feb. 24 (Angelo State)
March 3 (Angelo State)