R-MC Ranked #8 in Collegiate Baseball National Preseason Poll

R-MC Ranked #8 in Collegiate Baseball National Preseason Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. - Following its most successful season in program history, Randolph-Macon is ranked No. 8 in the country in the Collegiate Baseball Division III National Preseason Poll.

The Yellow Jackets went 35-8-1 a season ago. 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 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.

The Yellow Jackets are one of two state and ODAC schools in the poll. Shenandoah is No. 35. R-MC hosts the Hornets in a doubleheader on April 22.

R-MC will entertain top-ranked Cortland State in a single game on Feb. 26.

The Yellow Jackets will face three other schools receiving votes in the poll. R-MC hosts Rensselaer in a three-game set Feb. 18-19, entertains Alvernia in a single game on Feb. 25 and hosts Rowan in a three-game series March 4-5.

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

Collegiate Baseball 2017 Pre-Season Poll

Rank

Team (2016 Final Record)

Points

  1.

Cortland St., NY (43-8)

274

  2.

Keystone, PA (40-11)

272

  3.

Wisconsin-La Crosse (39-10)

270

  4.

La Roche, PA (43-12)

267

  5.

Birmingham-Southern, AL (39-13)

265

  6.

Emory, GA (34-12)

264

  7.

Ramapo, NJ (35-12)

262

  8.

Randolph-Macon, VA (35-8-1)

259

  9.

St. John Fisher, NY (39-13)

258

10.

Texas Lutheran (26-15)

255

11.

Trinity, TX (44-7)

253

12.

Washington-St. Louis, MO (33-18)

250

13.

Wisconsin-Whitewater (34-17)

248

14.

Oswego St., NY (35-11)

245

15.

Kean, NJ  (30-18)

243

16.

College of New Jersey (32-12)

240

17.

Tufts, MA (35-8)

239

18.

Texas-Tyler (32-19)

237

19.

Wooster, OH (37-13)

235

20.

California Lutheran (31-13)

232

21.

Occidental, CA (32-10)

230

22.

Concordia-Chicago, IL (34-13)

228

23.

Adrian, MI (30-12)

225

24.

Marietta, OH (28-17)

222

25.

Southern Maine (29-13)

219

26.

Wartburg, IA (34-13)

216

27.

North Central, IL (31-12)

214

28.

Whitworth, WA (30-13)

211

29.

Saint John’s, MN (32-14)

209

30.

Salisbury, MD (26-12)

206

31.

Wheaton, MA (31-13)

204

32.

Susquehanna, PA (33-16)

201

33.

Buena Vista, IA (33-11)

199

34.

Luther, IA (34-14)

196

35.

Shenandoah, VA (35-12)

193

36.

Misericordia, PA (34-13)

192

37.

Rose-Hulman, IN (32-13)

189

38.

Pacific Lutheran, WA (29-19)

187

39.

UMass-Boston (30-16)

184

40.

Johns Hopkins, MD (28-15-2)

182

Also Receiving Votes: Frostburg St. (MD), St. Scholastica (MN), Case Western Reserve (OH), Otterbein (OH), Redlands (CA), Augustana (IL), Haverford (PA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), Suffolk (MA), Grinnell (IA), Thomas More (KY), Wesleyan (CT), Saint Joseph’s (ME), Ohio Wesleyan, Endicott (MA), Castleton (VT), Methodist (NC), Rowan (NJ), Concordia-St. Paul (MN), Kalamazoo (MI), Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ), Amherst (MA), Beloit (WI), Monmouth (IL), Carthage (WI), Ithaca (NY), Alvernia (PA), Coe (IA), Concordia (TX), Mary Washington (VA), Rensselaer (NY), Pomona-Pitzer (CA).

Source: Collegiate Baseball