MIAMI, Fla. — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions finished tenth in the final poll of the 2018 Black College Nines Historically Black Colleges and Universities Top 10 Baseball Polls “large school” division, according to a news release.


North Carolina A&T University had the top spot in the “large school” division, and Albany State University had the top position in the “small school” division “after making an incredible run through the regular season on the baseball diamond. They are now crowned Historically Black College and University National Champions by the polling committee at Black College Nines, the news release said.


“North Carolina A&T fought through a tough conference and non-conference schedule and won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship by going undefeated through the tournament. The Aggies, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I post-season regionals, finished the regular season with an overall record of 32-23.”


The news release said that Black College Nines is dedicated to preserving the tradition of baseball at historically black colleges and universities in selecting national champions. The “large school” division is made up of HBCUs in the NCAA Division I classification and the “small school” division consists of HBCU schools in the NCAA Divisions II and III, as well as those schools in the NAIA and USCAA.


The rest of the top 10 list is as follows: 2) Texas Southern University; 3) Jackson State University; 4) Alabama State; 5) Grambling State University; 6) Bethune Cookman University; 7) North Carolina Central University; 8) Coppin State University; 9) Florida A&M University.