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Senators ascend to No. 1 ranking in NJCAA poll

Senators ascend to No. 1 ranking in NJCAA poll

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After spending the first seven weeks of the 2019 season ranked second in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Walters State Senators elevated to the No. 1 spot in the country Tuesday afternoon with the release of this week's NJCAA Division I Baseball Poll.


The Senators, currently 16-3 on the season and riding a 13-game winning streak, garnered seven of the 11 first place votes in this week's poll, easily moving into the top ranking ahead of last week's No. 1 team, Central Florida. Walters State has 195 points in the poll, while Central Florida has 174 after going 3-2 this past week to move to 24-3 on the year.


Wabash Valley (11-1) is third in the poll, also receiving a first place vote, while Florida SouthWestern State, who defeated WSCC in a rain-shortened game earlier in the season, is fourth with a 22-3 record. Southern Nevada rounds out the top five in the fifth spot at 21-4.


Crowder, who also received a first place vote, is sixth with a 16-4 record, followed by Cochise (20-4) in seventh, McLennan (17-7) in eighth, John A. Logan (13-2) in ninth with a first place vote, and Gordon State in 10th at 18-3. Gordon State is in the NJCAA East Central District with Walters State.


Chipola, the preseason No. 1 and two-time defending national champion, is the top team receiving votes outside of the top 20. The Indians defeated Walters State, 2-1, very early in the season.


The Senators will put their newly-minted ranking on the line Wednesday afternoon when they travel to the Palmetto State to take on Spartanburg Methodist in a doubleheader. First pitch against the Pioneers (10-7) is set for 2 p.m.