NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 5/4/09

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The College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball and NCBWA Regional rankings have been released for this week:

  • College Baseball News has a new #1 team – it’s Southern Arkansas reclaiming the #1 spot after being tied for #2 last week.  That said, the rankings this week are flawed (and have been all along).  Why are they flawed you ask?  Because last week’s #1 team, Barry, wasn’t included in the rankings at all.  Why weren’t they included you ask?  Because they didn’t report to College Baseball News.  So basically, if you fail to report to CBN you are not eligible to be ranked at all which means that a team like Barry goes from #1 to Not Ranked.  It’s been this way all along but it hasn’t happened this year with a #1 team.  Barry probably would have dropped from #1 after losing 2 of 3 this past week but whether they report their results shouldn’t drop them out.  The Northern Sun Conference’s Wayne State (NE) moves up to a tie for #18 from #24 last week.  College Baseball News Ranking
  • Ping!Baseball has been derided by some who question their rankings but they don’t suffer from the same issues regarding reporting that are inherent in the CBN poll.  This week they elevate Delta State to the #1 spot and drop Barry to #2.  There wasn’t a lot of movement in their poll this week but for the first time we do see 2 Northern Sun teams in their Top 30.  Minnesota State stays at #27 and Wayne State (NE) makes their first appearance in a tie for the 30th spot. Ping!Baseball Ranking
  • A major change took place in the National College Baseball Writers Association Regional Poll as Wayne State (NE) takes over the #1 position in the Central Region, overtaking Mesa State who has been losing regularly all of a sudden.  If this ranking carries over the the official NCAA Regional rankings it could have an impact on where the NCAA D2 Central Region Tournament takes place.  It’s interesting too that Mesa State received more 1st place votes but fewer overall points which means some voters didn’t have them in their top 2.

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NCBWA Regional Rankings

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