MASON CITY - The NIACC baseball team is ranked No. 16 by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in its 2018 NJCAA Division II preseason poll.
NIACC (39-19 overall in 2017) is the lone ICCAC school ranked in the preseason poll. Defending national champion Kankakee CC (Ill.) is ranked No. 1 in the initial poll.
Southeast CC (Neb.), which represented the North Plains District in the 2017 World Series, is ranked No. 19.
NIACC opens the 2018 campaign Feb. 24-25 in a four-game series against MCC-Maple Woods in Kansas City, Mo.
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER
NJCAA DIVISION II PRE-SEASON POLL
1. Kankakee CC (Ill.)
2. Jones County JC (Miss.)
3. Mercer County CC (N.J.)
5. Parkland College (Ill.)
6. Pitt CC (N.C.)
7. Murray State College (Okla.)
8. Phoenix College (Ariz.)
9. Lansing CC (Mich.)
10. Sinclair CC (Ohio)
11. Kellogg CC (Mich.)
12. Mesa CC (Ariz.)
13. Western Oklahoma State College
14. Madison College (Wis.)
15. Heartland CC (Ill.)
17. East Central CC (Miss.)
18. UConn-Avery Point
19. Southeast CC (Neb.)
20. McHenry County College (Ill.)
Source: NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association.