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GCU Club Baseball back in NCBA DI Poll at No. 18

April 19, 2019

Lopes use important sweep of SDSU to leap back into latest rankings

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

GCU Club Sports is proud to announce that the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team is ranked No. 18 in the latest National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Rawlings Division I Poll.  After dropping out of the poll last week for the first time in over a year, the Lopes have leaped over Tulane University (LA) and jumped into a tie for the 18th spot with upstart Houston Community College from Texas.  The Lopes’ national rankings in 2019 have ranged from No. 3 to No. 20, and they’ve been part of the rankings in six of the seven NCBA Polls this season.  The Lopes have also been ranked in the NCBA Top 10 a total of nine times since moving up to Division I before the 2018 season.

After seeing a combination of early-season struggles and rainouts send the Lopes out of the national rankings AND out of the top two spots in the standings of the NCBA Southern Pacific South Conference, GCU went into “backs against the wall” mentality a couple of weeks ago… and it’s worked.  The three wins last weekend at San Diego State University was their first sweep of the season in conference play.  The sweep not only kept their playoff hopes alive, but also moved them back into 2nd place in the SoPac South above UC-San Diego by percentage points. 

The Lopes now head south this weekend for a huge three-game set against University of Arizona Saturday and Sunday in Tucson.  The Lopes’ final home series of the season happens Saturday and Sunday, April 27 & 28, when they finish off conference play against Northern Arizona University in a three-game matchup.  First pitch for Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s final game will be at 10 am, and all three games will be played on the big stage:  Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark on the GCU campus.  Admission is FREE.

The entire NCBA Rankings are listed below:

RankTeamTotal PtsPrev Rank
1East Carolina3781
2Texas A&M3733
3Penn State2955
4Iowa2889
5Oregon2822
6Ohio State26910
7Florida State2534
8Maryland2126
9UC-Santa Barbara21013
10UCLA18012
11Illinois 17615
12Arizona State1548
13Colorado State14511
14Michigan State137NR
15Iowa State119NR
16Florida  8814
17Drexel (PA)787
T-18Grand Canyon77NR
T-18Houston CC (TX)7718
20Tulane (LA)7316