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GCU Club Baseball rockets back into NCBA Top 5

May 17, 2019

12-game winning streak, region title help Lopes make jump of 8 spots in new NCBA DI Poll

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. 4 in the latest National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Rawlings Division I Poll.  It’s a jump of a whopping eight spots from the last poll, and it’s a total of 14 places that the Lopes have risen in the last two polls (four weeks).  While it may be the first time the Lopes have made it into the NCBA Top 5 since early March, it’s the fourth time this season, and the eighth time in the last calendar year that GCU has been ranked either 3rd or 4th in the national poll. 

The national pollsters were obviously swayed by the dominance the Lopes showed in taming the four-team field this past weekend at the NCBA Southern Pacific (SoPac) Regional Tournament in Lancaster, California.  The Lopes run-ruled their first two opponents, then built a six-run lead in the championship game Sunday before holding on for a 7-6 win over No. 12 UC-Santa Barbara to earn their 2nd straight region title

It also extended the Lopes’ current winning streak to 12 games, which they’ll take into next week’s NCBA DI World Series in Holly Springs, North Carolina.  For the second straight year, the Lopes are the 4th seed in the eight-team tournament, and will open up play Saturday, May 25 at 10:30 am (7:30 am Arizona time) against 5th-seeded (and 5th-ranked) Florida State University to close out the first round of games.  The Lopes will be seeking to best their 3rd-place finish of a year ago.

The entire NCBA Rankings are listed below:

RankTeamTotal PtsPrev Rank
2Texas A&M3581
3Illinois 3367
4Grand Canyon33412
5Florida State32210
7Oregon State257NR
8Boston College255NR
9East Carolina2172
10Penn State1754
11Colorado State16711
12UC-Santa Barbara1659
15Tulane (LA)124NR
16Michigan State11917
17Eastern Washington109NR
18Ohio State635
19Iowa State4713
20Windsor (Canada)4215