MINNEAPOLIS, Minn./ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Shenandoah University baseball team finds itself ranked in a pair of final ranking polls for the 2016 season released Friday.
Coach Kevin Anderson's Hornets finished as the No. 11 team in both the ABCA and NCBWA/D3baseball.com polls following a 35-12 season that saw SU advance to the NCAA South Regional championship.
Shenandoah has 295 points in the ABCA poll to maintain its No. 11 position and 356 points to come in at No. 11 in the D3baseball.com poll.
The Hornets were just six points back of No. 10 Birmingham-Southern in that latter poll; SU was ranked behind the Panthers despite eliminating B-SC with two 6-2 and 10-8 victories over the SAA champions in that South Regional.
Both polls had identical top four selections. Trinity (Texas), the 2016 national champion, finished as the top ranked team with Cortland (N.Y.) State second, Keystone (Pa.) third and Wisconsin-LaCrosse fourth.
La Roche (Pa.) and Emory (Ga.) shared the fifth and sixth spots with La Roche taking the No. 5 position in the D3baseball.com poll and Emory in the ABCA.
Shenandoah is scheduled to open its 2017 season on February 18 versus Misericordia in a non-league doubleheader. The Cougars finished 2016 as the No. 22 team in the ABCA poll.