R-MC Earns Two More Top Tens in Baseball Preseason Polls

R-MC Earns Two More Top Tens in Baseball Preseason Polls

ASHLAND, Va. - The Randolph-Macon baseball team has been ranked in another pair of national preseason polls.

The Yellow Jackets are No. 6 in the Baseball America Preseason Top Ten and No. 9 in the Perfect Game Division III Preseason Top 25.

R-MC has earned four different Top Ten Rankings. Earlier, the Yellow Jackets were ranked No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball Division III National Preseason Poll and No. 10 in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Preseason Top 25.

R-MC was selected as the top team in the ODAC Baseball Preseason Poll, in voting by the league's head coaches and released by the conference office.

The Yellow Jackets went 35-8-1 overall a season ago and 14-6 in conference play. R-MC set a program record for victories in a season and the senior class collected 108 wins over the past four years, the first class in program history to pass the century mark in victories. The Yellow Jackets won the ODAC title as the No. 2 seed and reached the regional finals for the first time in program history. R-MC was ranked seventh in the final American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Baseball Poll, and eighth in the D3baseball.com/NCBWA Top 25. This was the first time that the Yellow Jackets finished the year in the Top Ten. R-MC was ranked in the two polls throughout the 2016 season and rose as high as No. 2 in the D3baseball.com poll.

R-MC has been ranked for 23 straight weeks, dating back to March 17, 2015. The Yellow Jackets have been in the Top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks, going back to March 22, 2016.

Ray Hedrick enters his 13th season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets. R-MC is scheduled to start the season on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a home doubleheader against St. Mary's on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park. Conference play commences on Saturday, March 11 with a home doubleheader against Emory & Henry on Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park.

2017 Perfect Game Division III Preseason Top 25 Teams

Rk. 

2016

School

ST

'16 Record

1

2

Cortland State Red Dragons

NY

43-8

2

7

Birmingham-Southern Panthers

AL

39-13

3

11

UW Whitewater Warhawks

WI

34-17

4

4

Emory Eagles

GA

34-12

5

9

Oswego State Lakers

NY

35-11

6

17

Wooster Fighting Scots

OH

37-13

7

8

Shenandoah Hornets

VA

35-12

8

6

La Roche Redhawks

PA

43-12

9

5

Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets

VA

35-8-1

10

18

Concordia University Chicago Cougars

IL

34-13

11

3

UW La Crosse Eagles

WI

39-10

12

16

St. John Fisher Cardinals

NY

39-13

13

25

Occidental Tigers

CA

32-10

14

14

Tufts Jumbos

MA

35-8

15

NR

Whitworth Pirates

WA

30-13

16

NR

Tyler Texas Patriots

TX

32-19

17

23

Frostburg State Bobcats

MD

30-14

18

20

St. Scholastica Saints

MN

32-11

19

22

Cal Lutheran Kingsmen

CA

31-13

20

NR

Texas Lutheran Bulldogs

TX

26-15

21

13

Salisbury Seagulls

MD

26-12

22

19

Susquehanna River Hawks

PA

35-12

23

NR

Rhodes Lynx

TN

26-20

24

NR

Centenary Gents

LA

26-13

25*

24

North Central Cardinals

IL

31-12

25*

NR

Wartburg Knights

IA

34-13

 

2017 Baseball America Preseason Poll

1. Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) College 39-13

2. Emory (Ga.) University 34-12

3. SUNY-Cortland 43-8

4. Keystone (Pa.) College 40-11

5. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 48-9

6. Randolph-Macon (Va.) College 35-8-1

7. College of Wooster (Ohio) 37-13

8. La Roche (Pa.) College 43-12

9. Trinity (Texas) University 44-7

10. Ramapo (N.J.) College 35-12