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BCC Remain Atop Black College Baseball.com’s Top 10
By Tony McClean
Updated: February 14, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Ct. — During the first full week of the season, the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman showed why they are still regarded as one of the best teams in all of college baseball.
The defending MEAC champs began the 2007 season atop Black College Baseball.com’s Top 10 poll and after a 4-2 start remained the No. 1 team in HBCU baseball. The 4-2 start is BCC’s best start since a 6-2 beginning in 2002.
The start was highlighted by a three-game sweep of Mercer University at Daytona Beach.
The series sweep was the first non-conference series sweep of an opponent for the Wildcats since knocking off Canisius in 2003 in Daytona Beach.
Mervyl Melendez’s squad won a three-game series over an Atlantic Sun Conference opponent for the first time in school history and also won a series over an A-Sun opponent for the first time since defeating Florida Atlantic (2-1) back in 2002.
Prairie View A&M (8-2) in second in the poll followed by Southern University, Alabama A&M (4-0), and Savannah State (5-5). The remaining five includes Grambling State (5-0) at No. 6, North Carolina A&T, Alcorn State, Norfolk State (3-2), and Texas Southern (3-4).
Also ranked No. 2 in BCB’s preseason poll, The Panthers opened the season with eight straight wins. Against Paul Quinn College and Texas College in their first six games, PVAM pounded out 83 runs and 87 hits against their opponents.
The highlight was a 22-0 thumping in their opening game against Texas College. The Panthers had 19 hits and also received four shutout innings from hurler Wrandal Taylor (2-0), the SWAC’s 2006 Pitcher of the Year.
BLACK COLLEGE BASEBALL.COM
DIVISION I TOP TEN POLL
(Records through February 13th)
No. School Record Prev.
1. Bethune-Cookman College 4-2 1
2. Prairie View A&M 8-2 2
3. Southern University 0-0 3
4. Alabama A&M 4-0 NR
5. Savannah State 5-5 5
6. Grambling State 5-0 NR
7. North Carolina A&T 0-0 7
8. Alcorn State 0-0 4
9. Norfolk State 3-2 8
10. Texas Southern 3-4 10
Dropped out: Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State.
Black College Baseball Poll Voters: Ruffin Bell, Blackcollegebaseball.com; Bo Carter, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association; Kenyatta Cavil, The Heritage Group; Charles Curti, Beaver County Times; Paul Kislanko, SEBaseball.com; John Manuel, Baseball America; Tony McClean, Black Athlete Sports Network; Jeremy Mills, Ncaa-baseball.com; Boyd Nation, Boydsworld.com; Sean Ryan, Collegebaseballinsider.com; Rick Rollins, Division I Collegiate Baseball Standings; Eric Sorenson, CSTV; Phil Stanton, Collegebaseballinsider.com; Glenn Tanner, College Baseball Newsgroup.