Defending champ Northwest Florida State opens baseball season with number one national ranking.

Defending champ Northwest Florida State opens baseball season with number one national ranking.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 27, 2016) - Northwest Florida State College begins the 2016 baseball season where it ended in 2015 - the No. 1 spot in the NJCAA Division I Baseball Poll.

The Raiders are one of three schools from Region 8 to land in the rankings. 

Palm Beach State College is ranked 15th while Chiola College is ranked 18th. 

Two other Region 8 schools - St. Johns River State College and State College of Florida. 

In the NJCAA Division I Softball Poll, third-ranked College of Central Florida leads the way form Region 8. Chipola is right behind the Patriots at No. 4. 

In the middle of the poll, Miami Dade College checked in at No. 13 and Seminole State, No. 16.