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Chargers Slide into National Rankings at No. 24

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After a strong 3-1 start to the 2013 season, the University of Alabama in Huntsville baseball team has jumped into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Division II Poll, appearing at No. 24 in this week's rankings.

UAH traveled to St. Augustine, Fla., this past weekend and came out with three consecutive wins. In their first four games of the season, the Chargers have scored 45 runs, averaging just over 11 runs per game.

After dropping their season-opener in extra innings to Flagler, 8-7, UAH rallied to win their next three over Flagler and Limestone twice. The Chargers used a Blake Massey ninth-inning grand slam to top Flagler 11-9 on Saturday and set a new school-record for runs scored on a neutral field in an 18-8 win over Limestone.

UAH is batting .357 as team thus far and has combined for a .561 SLG%. They have hit five home runs, nine doubles and four triples.

Mount Olive (N.C.) took over the top spot after going 3-0 this past weekend; St. Mary's (TX), West Chester and Delta State are all tied for No. 2.

GSC members West Florida (No. 13) and North Alabama (No.28) are also ranked in the top 30.

The Chargers return to the diamond this Friday for their 2013 home opener when they play host to Trevecca Nazarene. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Division II Poll, Feb. 4, 2013

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1. Mount Olive 3-0 462 3
2. St. Mary's (TX) 3-0 456 5
  West Chester 0-0 456 1
Delta St. 0-0 456 2
5. S.C. Aiken 3-0 416 10
6. Catawba 4-0 398 T-13
7. Central Missouri 2-1 386 4
8. Minn. St.-Mankato 0-0 356 8
9. Franklin Pierce 0-0 350 9
  Cal. St. Chico 0-0 350 11
11. Tampa 2-1 316 6
12. Indianapolis 0-0 296 12
13. West Florida 3-0 284 16
14. Grand Valley St. 0-0 268 15
15. St. Cloud St. 0-0 246 T-13
16. Angelo St. 4-0 236 35
17. Nova SE 2-1 228 19
18. Mercyhurst 0-0 206 T-21
19. Southern Arkansas 2-0 200 24
20. Southern New Hampshire 0-0 194 18
21. UNC Pembroke 3-0 160 T-32
22. U.C. San Diego 2-1 132 23
23. Tusculum 1-2 106 17
24. LeMoyne 0-0 98 T-21
Alabama-Huntsville 3-1 98
26. Belmont Abbey 3-0 80
27. Sonoma St. 0-0 70 T-32
28. North Alabama 0-0 30 T-30
29. Armstrong Atlantic St. 3-0 28 38
30. St. Edwards 2-1 24 29
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