Wildcats Move Up to No. 23 in Latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Poll
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - Slipper Rock, Pa.
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Matt Lopes (10) celebrates with Jordan Johnson as the Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth against Bloomfield to steal a win on Saturday. Wilmington University. Photo credit: Tim Shaffer. All rights reserved.
A dominating 4-1 week, sweeping both NCAA Division II and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheaders enable the Wilmington University baseball team to move up to No. 23 in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 25 National Poll released on Tuesday.
The Wildcats (17-9, 5-1 CACC) only lost to NCAA Division I in-state rival Delaware this sweep, taking both ends of doubleheaders against conference foes University of the Sciences and Bloomfield College. Wilmington needed to make late game comebacks in game two of each doubleheader, but still moved up two spots in the National Top 25 from last week’s rankings.
Wilmington moved ahead of Florida Tech who was ranked No. 24 and Southern Arkansas who was ranked No. 25 in Tuesday’s updated National Rankings.
The Wildcats also found their way into a pair of other Division II polls, rejoining the national attention in College Baseball Lineup’s Top 30, coming in at 25. They also found themselves on D2BaseballNews.com’s Top 25 weekly poll, also coming in at No. 23.
Delta State received all 13 first place votes to retain the No. 1 national spot, finishing the week with a 22-4-1 overall record. Lander, Central Missouri, Tampa, and Chico State round out the top five in the national poll.
The team remained in second in the NCBWA East Region Top 10 weekly poll, still trailing Southern New Hampshire who received all nine first place votes. Southern Connecticut State, UMass-Lowell, and Franklin Pierce all moved up one spot each in the East Region, filling out the top five.
The Wildcats had their game at Millersville postponed on Tuesday, but will head to Philadelphia for a single CACC contest on Wednesday before heading to Post for a Friday doubleheader.