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Wilmington Baseball Slides into Final Spot of NCBWA Division II Top 25 National Poll

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - Slipper Rock, Pa.

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The Wildcats defeated UMass-Lowell, Saint Rose and Molloy while on Spring Break. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association released its fifth National Top 25 Poll of the 2013 season and Wilmington University picked up 30 votes to slide into the 25th position after receiving votes last week, released by the highly regarded organization on Tuesday.

Wilmington finished its annual Spring Break trip to Florida on Saturday, coming away with a 5-4 overall record for the week after starting the trip 0-3. The Wildcats now hold a 10-6 overall record and return to action on Wednesday after a three-day layoff.

The Wildcats also received votes in the NCBWA Division II Preseason Poll but then did not receive a vote after losing two out of three to St. Thomas Aquinas to begin the season. After sweeping a four game set from then ranked No. 7 Franklin Pierce, the voters gave Wilmington seven votes. After going 5-4 down south against tough East and South Region opponents, the Wildcats earned 30 points to round out the Top 25.

Wilmington also slid up one spot in the latest NCBWA East Region poll to No. 2, trailing only Southern New Hampshire who earned 137 points and came in at No. 13 in the National Poll. The Wildcats earned 75 points in the East Region Poll, moving up from third from a week ago.

Mount Olive took over the reigns as the top overall team in the NCBWA Division II Poll this week, after trailing Delta State in each of the first four polls of the season. Central Missouri, Chico State and West Florida round out the top five nationally.

The Wildcats have a chance to improve their status this week as they open their home slate against Millersville who received 18 points in the national poll and sit in third in the Atlantic Region Top 10 after opening the season with an 11-4 record. The team’s home opener is set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Wilson Field.

The team also opens its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate this weekend when it travels to Dominican for a doubleheader on Friday and then returns home for another doubleheader against Dowling on Sunday.

Click here for the latest NCBWA Division II National and Regional Polls