DALLAS -- The Grand Valley State Lakers are ranked No. 18 while the Ashland Eagles jump up one spot in the polls at No. 24 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Rankings.
The Lakers are 10-7 this season and 2-2 in the league after splitting the GLIAC opening series last weekend with Ohio Dominican. GVSU is led by Kevin Zak who leads the conference with five home runs and is second in hits (31), runs batted in (21) and also third in runs (21). Closer Matt Williams has amassed three saves this year to lead the league.
Ashland have compiled a 13-7 mark so far this year and are also coming off a 2-2 GLIAC opening weekend split with Northwood. Through four starts, starting pitcher Jake Baldwin has earned a league-best three wins and is second in the conference with 32 punchouts. The AU squad is full of speed on the bases having swiped 36 bags to lead the GLIAC, while also second in runs and hits.
NCBWA Division II Baseball Coaches' Poll – March 25, 2015
|Rk.||School [1st place]||Record||Pts.||Pvs.|
|1.||Colorado Mesa ||24-2||348||1|
|3.||St. Cloud St. (Minn.) ||20-0||318||5|
|4.||Nova Southeastern (Fla.)||23-4||299||10|
|5.||Franklin Pierce (N.H.)||19-1||288||4|
|t6.||St. Mary's (Texas)||21-4||254||8|
|9.||Seton Hill (Pa.)||19-4||244||9|
|10.||UC San Diego (Calif.)||19-8||214||11|
|15.||Cal. Poly Pomona||19-7||143||16|
|18.||Grand Valley State (Mich.)||10-7||94||18|
|19.||St. Leo (Fla.)||24-5||85||23|
|20.||Armstrong State (Ga.)||22-5||80||24|
|22.||Southern New Hampshire||12-5||58||22|
|Also receiving votes: Dixie State, Utah (16-8) 23; Lynn, Fla. (22-6) 22; UNC Pembroke (20-7) 18; St. Edward's, Texas (20-8) 18; Winston-Salem State, N.C. (22-6) 14; Angelo State, Texas (18-6) 6; Fresno Pacific, Calif. (18-8) 4; Truman State, Mo. (13-4) 4; Missouri-St. Louis (11-2) 1.|
|Dropped out: Angelo State (Texas) (13), Millersville (Pa.) (19), St. Edward's (Texas) (20).|
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