LU baseball jumps seven spots to No. 13 in NCBWA poll

Mason McCullough was the starting pitcher for the Lander baseball team Monday against Flagler. (Photo by Bob Stoner)
Mason McCullough was the starting pitcher for the Lander baseball team Monday against Flagler. (Photo by Bob Stoner)

GREENWOOD – The Lander baseball team jumped seven spots to No. 13 this week in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll released this afternoon.

Last week the Bearcats posted a 2-1 record in their season-opening Peach Belt Conference series against Flagler College. Lander won the first game, 5-4, lost the second, 6-5, then won the rubber match, 9-7.

The University of Tampa (7-1) claimed the top spot in the poll with 347 points and was followed by: 2. Minnesota State (3-1) 321, 3. Cal Poly-Pomona (10-0) 306, 4. Grand Valley State (0-0) 288, 5. USC Aiken (7-2) 278, 6. Colorado Mesa (4-0) 260, 7. Valdosta State (9-0) and Franklin Pierce (0-0) 256, and 10. California Baptist (10-0) 215.

The second 10 are: 11. St. Mary's (8-2) 208, 12. Southern Arkansas (8-2) 204, 13. Lander (9-1) 186, 14. West Florida (8-2) 182, 15. UNC Pembroke (7-2) 139, 16. Florida Tech (8-1) 113, 17. Wilmington (0-0) 99, 18. Tarleton State (7-2) and Drury (0-0) 95, and 20. Arkansas Tech (7-2) 78.

Lander travels to Claflin College for a 3 p.m. non-conference game on Wednesday, Feb. 19, then will play their second PBC series at Young Harris this Saturday and Sunday.