Top eight teams remain the same in JUCO poll
There wasn’t much change among the top eight teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I baseball poll.
In fact, the top five teams remained the same.
Connors State (Okla.) College (35-4) went 7-2 the past two weeks to hold on to the top spot in the poll.
The Cowboys won series against Region 2 rivals Murray State (Okla.) and Rose State (Okla.) and defeated Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College 15-13 on Monday.
Connors State is third in the nation in team batting average (.383) and is looking for its sixth appearance in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, which begins May 29 at Suplizio Field.
Second-ranked Southern Nevada (34-6) won a pair of series against Southern Idaho and Salt Lake (Utah) Community College to keep pace with Connors State. Bryce Harper continues to succeed for the Coyotes, leading Region 18, which uses wood bats in league games, in batting average (.422), doubles (13), home runs (15) and RBI (42).
The Coyotes, who won the 2003 national title, play 11th-ranked Western Nevada (30-9) in a four-game series this weekend.
San Jacinto (Texas) College (31-6) remained No. 3 in the poll after sweeping Wharton County (Texas) College and Blinn (Texas) College.
Defending national champion Howard (Texas) College (31-5) improved to 16-0 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with four wins against Western Texas. The Hawks have won 53 consecutive conference games dating back to 2008.
Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College (34-7) swept a three-game series against Pensacola (Fla.) and won two of three against Northwest Florida to remain fifth in the poll. The Commodores, who haven’t qualified for the World Series since 1973, are seventh in the nation in batting average (.367), led by Bryce Lane, who is hitting .446 and leads the NJCAA with 20 home runs and 72 RBI.
Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College (32-4) is on a 16-game winning streak, moved up one spot to No. 6. The Pirates have never qualified for the World Series.
Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College (35-6) and Walters State (Tenn.) Community College (21-6) bumped up one spot to No. 7 and 8, respectively. Central Arizona College (34-10) moved up five spots to No. 9 and Palm Beach (Fla.) Community College (29-11) jumped up five spots to No. 10.
Seven teams moved into the top 25 this week, including Wabash Valley (Ill.) College (29-9) at No. 14. The others are Texarkana (Texas) College (28-12) at No. 15, Middle Georgia College (25-13) at No. 18, St. Petersburg (Fla.) College (29-18) at No. 20, Crowder (Mo.) College (26-13) at No. 22, Iowa Western Community College (24-9) at No. 23 and Georgia Perimeter College (26-14) at No. 24.