CLEVELAND, Miss. – Delta State climbed to the top spot in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll released on Monday. The Statesmen extended their season-opening win streak to 10 games this past weekend with a sweep of perennial Division II power Florida Southern at Ferriss Field and a midweek victory against Mississippi Valley State. The Statesmen (10-0) began the week with a 13-5 victory against the Delta Devils before sweeping away the Mocs 12-0, 7-6 and 5-1 over the weekend.
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Delta State faces a difficult schedule in week three of the season, as the Green-and-White face former Gulf South Conference foes in midweek action at Arkansas-Monticello (9-5) and Harding (7-5). DSU leads the all-time series with UAM 75-5 and holds a 31-6 advantage against the Bisons.
The Gulf South Conference opener for the top-ranked Statesmen will take place this weekend, as No. 7 West Florida comes to Cleveland. Last season, the Statesmen swept the Argonauts in Pensacola, Fla., 8-1, 8-2 and 9-3. DSU went on to defeat UWF at the GSC Tournament 7-3 and 11-3 in the NCAA South Regional at Tampa. Despite all that success, the Statesmen hold a narrow two-game league in the series standings 22-20.