May 10, 2004
Albany- There is no joy for the Albany State baseball team where the four-time SIAC champions have struck out in their bid to get invited to the NCAA Division II regionals.
Albany State head coach Edward Taylor thought his Rams were in the regionals when they beat Valdosta State two weeks ago.
At the time of that win, Albany State was ranked fifth in the South region, one spot out of qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
But instead of going up in the rankings with a win over the Blazers, who were ranked in the South Central region at the time, Albany State dropped from 5th to 8th.
The Rams not only split their non-conference series Gulf South Conference runner-up Valdosta State, they also split their series with Columbus State who is playing the South Atlantic regional.
The NCAA says it has a point system to determine their rankings but it just doesn't add up for coach Taylor and his team.
Edward Taylor said "Last year we went 30-15 and thought we were going to make it and we didn't. This year we went 26-12 which is not a bad record but we just don't understand the concept of the regionals. We are just trying to grasp it, understand it so we can look forward to next year and see what we can do."
Albany State finishes seventh in the final NCAA division II south regional rankings.
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