Rock hardballers earn national rankings
SRU (7-0), which is off to its best start since 2005, was ranked 18th by the
NCBWA, 25th by d2baseballnews.com and tied for 26th in the ABCA polls released
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University's baseball team, winners of their first seven games this spring, earlier this week made their first appearance of the season in Division II national polls.
The Rock, who are off to their best start since the 2005 team won its first eight and 15 of its first 16 games, were ranked 18th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll released last Tuesday, 25th in the d2baseballnews.com poll released that same day and tied for 26th in the American Baseball Coaches Association poll released last Monday.
The Rock are the No. 2 team in both the NCBWA and d2baseballnews.com Atlantic Region rankings, which have no bearing on the all-important NCAA regional rankings that will determine the teams that earn berths in regional competition in mid May.
SRU, under the direction of 27-year head coach Jeff Messer, is scheduled to put its regional and national rankings on the line this weekend when it travels to Shippensburg for a three-game weekend series starting with a noon doubleheader Saturday and concluding with a noon single game Sunday at Art Fairchild Field.
Shippensburg, coached by former Rock pitching standout Matt Jones, is ranked 13th in the NCBWA poll, 15th in the d2baseballnews.com poll and 20th in the ABCA poll.
The Rock are scheduled to open their home schedule with a March 24 doubleheader vs. Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division rival Lock Haven. First pitch at Jack Critchfield Park is set for 1 p.m.
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