GREENSBORO, N.C.--For the first time in program history, the Adrian College Bulldogs have completed an entire season nationally ranked in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Adrian received 124 points to check in the No. 25 spot in the ABCA's final NCAA Division III rankings for 2019.
National champion Chapman (Calif.) earned 16 first-place votes among 480 points to rise from No. 6 to No. 1 in the ABCA/CBN final Top-30. NCAA runner-up Birmingham-Southern (Ala.) went from No. 17 to No. 2 with 464 points in these rankings.
In addition, Adrian was 20th in the D3baseball.com/National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top-25 with 137 points. No.1 Chapman outdistanced No. 2 Birmingham-Southern, 625 to 597.
The Bulldogs, who were 13th in the last regular-season polling (and No. 9 by D3baseball.com), wrapped up the spring with a 37-9 overall mark and 24-4 conference ledger for first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The team established or tied school records for regular season wins (AC also had 32 in 2012), overall victories (2012 squad also had 37), fewest losses in a 40-game season and best winning percentage (.804). In addition, Adrian had its fewest losses since going 12-8 in 1975.
The Bulldogs were the regional runner-up for the first time in five years, hosting the NCAA Tournament for the second time in a row and third in program history.
Adrian has spent 16 weeks in a row, dating to the 2018 campaign, in the ABCA/CBN Top-30, which also is a program record. The Bulldogs debuted at No. 26 in the preseason rankings on Dec. 19, and climbed to as high as No. 8 on March 26.
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