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GCU Club Baseball stays entrenched at No. 3 in latest NCBA DI Poll

February 22, 2019

Non-conference sweep of Colorado Mesa ties Lopes to 3rd spot for 3rd straight poll this season

By: Jim Howell/GCU Club Sports Information Director

GCU Club Sports is proud to announce that for the third consecutive poll this season, the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team is ranked 3rd in the latest National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) Rawlings Division I Poll.  It’s also the 4th time that the Lopes have been in the No. 3 spot dating back to the final poll of 2018.  It’s the highest ranking in the history of the program, and it’s the 9th time since the Lopes moved up to the Division I level last year that they’ve earned a spot in the NCBA Top 10.

The Lopes made sure not to hurt their national standing this past weekend as they swept their final tuneups before beginning conference play.  The Lopes soundly defeated Colorado Mesa University twice, 10-1 and 8-3, at Gene Autry Park in Mesa.  Now the road gets tougher as the Lopes begin defense of their first-ever NCBA Southern Pacific South Conference and SoPac Regional titles beginning this weekend in Tucson.  The Lopes will battle the University of Arizona in a three-game SoPac series – beginning with a Saturday doubleheader, and winding up with a single game Sunday morning.  First pitch both days is scheduled for 10 am.

The Lopes’ first home games in conference play happens Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, when GCU will host the University of California-San Diego at the newly renovated Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.  The Lopes and Tritons will be a 10 am doubleheader on Saturday, and a 10 am single game on Sunday.  Admission to the weekend series is FREE.

The entire NCBA D1 Rankings are listed below:

Rank Team Total Pts Prev Rank
1 East Carolina 370 1
2 Penn State 350 2
3 Grand Canyon 346 3
4 Florida State 332 5
5 Oregon 315 4
6 Ohio State 290 6
7 Iowa State 253 7
8 Maryland 222 8
9 UC-Santa Barbara 202 11
10 Drexel (PA) 156 13
11 Wisconsin 153 10
12 Florida 121 NR
13 Michigan State 108 15
14 Texas A&M 103 14
15 Colorado State 96 12
16 Cal Poly 88 16
17 Western Washington 76 17
18 Alabama 75 NR
19 Central Florida 60 9
20 Boston College 55 19