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Wilmington Baseball Moves Up Seven Spots to No. 15 Nationally; Claim Top Spot in East Region NCBWA Polls

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - Slippery Rock, Pa.

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Wilmington University player Matt Lopes (R) is congratulated by his teammate Brandon Payne after his solo home run against Felician College during their CACC baseball game at Wilson Field, in New Castle, Delaware, April 6, 2013. Photo by Mark Tetreault. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.

With its win streak up to 13 consecutive games, the Wilmington University baseball team saw its national ranking jump seven spots to No. 15 in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Top 25 Poll, released by the organization on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (26-9 overall) went a perfect 5-0 last week, scoring Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader victories over Chestnut Hill and Felician, while also beating NCAA Division I foe University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Wilmington received 173 points in Tuesday’s poll, moving up seven spots from No. 22 last week. The Wildcats find themselves behind Ashland University (Ohio) and in front of the University of Central Missouri. Ashland received 177 points to move up one spot from last week’s poll while Central Missouri tallied 160 points to remain at No. 16.

Delta State continues to hold the top spot, garnering 347 votes and 11 first place votes to remain at No. 1. Mount Olive stays at No. 2 with 335 points and three first place votes while Chico State stays in third with 310 points. St. Cloud State remains in four with 305 points while Tampa slides up two spots to No. 5 with 284 points.

Wilmington also took over the top spot in the NCBWA East Region Top 10 Poll, registering 86 points and five first place votes. The Wildcats were holding steady at No. 2 for a couple weeks before Southern New Hampshire fell to third this week. Franklin Piece also jumped Southern New Hampshire and into second place with 85 points and the other four first place votes.

It is the first time since 2011 that Wilmington University has been on the top of the NCBWA East Region Poll, the same season it was ranked No. 9 at one point in the National Top 25 Poll, its highest ranking.

After Tuesday’s victory against Shippensburg, the Wildcats head to West Chester for the first round of the Bill Giles Invitational on Wednesday. The team then heads to Bridgeport on Thursday before returning to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference portion of its schedule on Saturday against Concordia.

To view the entire NCBWA National and Region Poll, visit http://rockathletics.com/sports/2013/4/7/BB_0407133707.aspx