Wilmington (Del.) shoots to No. 9 for highest NCBWA ranking
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Wilmington (Del.) is tied for ninth, making a move up 11 spots in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Top 25 Poll released Tuesday.
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The team ranked 20th last week and went 3-1, defeating Kutztown and sweeping Nyack during the weekend. The only blemish last week came in the championship of the Bill Giles Invitational, an 11-6 loss to Philadelphia in a nonconference game.
The 11-spot jump is tied for the biggest jump in the national poll with Central Missouri, which moved up 11 spots to No. 4 overall after going 4-1 last week. Wilmington received 141 points, tied with St. Mary’s (Texas) for No. 9 overall. Both Wilmington and St. Mary’s ended last week with a 30-12 record.
The ninth-place ranking is the highest ranking by the Wildcats in program history in the NCBWA Poll. On April 12, 2011, Wilmington was ranked 12th overall, earning 175 points after starting 26-3, its highest ranking of the 2011 season.
Delta State remained atop the poll, collecting five first-place votes and 221 points while sitting at 35-5-1. Mount Olive remained in second with four first place votes and 220 points overall. Mount Olive is 43-4 on the year. Colorado Mesa moved up a spot to No. 3 with 202 points, followed by Central Missouri and USC Aiken, which tallied 178 points, moving one spot from No. 6 last week.