National Collegiate Baseball Writers Jan. 12, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
214-753-0102
Owls picked to repeat
RICE TOPS 2004 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the seventh year with its 2004 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 2 through June 30, 2004, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The initial poll of the 2004 season has representation by 15 different conferences and top independents among the 285 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Record
1. Rice Western Athletic 58-12
2. LSU Southeastern 45-22
3. Stanford Pacific-10 51-18
4. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 44-18
5. Miami (Fla.) Independent 45-17
6. Texas Big 12 50-20
7. Cal State Fullerton Big West 50-16
8. Long Beach State Big West 41-20
9. South Carolina Southeastern 45-22
10. Tulane Conference USA 44-19
11. Arizona State Pacific-10 54-14
12. Wichita State Missouri Valley 49-27
13. Notre Dame Big East 45-18
14. Clemson Atlantic Coast 39-22
15. Baylor Big 12 45-23
16. Florida State Atlantic Coast 54-13
17. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 42-23
18. Washington Pacific-10 42-18
19. Mississippi Southeastern 42-18
20. Arizona Pacific-10 35-23
21. Nebraska Big 12 47-18
22. North Carolina State Atlantic Coast 45-18
23. Texas A&M Big 12 45-19
24. Florida Southeastern 37-21
25. Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 47-16
26. Ohio State Big Ten 44-21
27. UNLV Mountain West 47-17
28. UC Riverside Big West 41-17
29. Stetson Atlantic Sun 41-24
30. Winthrop Big South 35-22
31. Southern Mississippi Conference USA 47-16
32. Virginia Commonwealth Colonial 46-13
33. Mississippi State Southeastern 42-20
34. Southern Southwestern Athletic 44-7
35 Oklahoma State Big 12 34-24
Note: Records are from the 2003 season
Others receiving votes: Auburn, Minnesota, Southern California, California, Alabama, Houston, Kansas, Rutgers, Texas-Arlington, Oklahoma, TCU, Pepperdine, Coastal Carolina, Richmond, New Orleans, Arkansas, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Illinois-Chicago, Tennessee, Missouri.

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2004 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Rice)
February 9 (Rice)
February 16 (Texas)
February 23 (Stanford)
March 1 (Stanford)
March 8 (Stanford)
March 15 (Stanford)
March 22 (Stanford)
March 29 (Stanford)
April 5 (Texas)
April 12 (Texas)
April 19 (Texas)
April 26 (Texas)
May 3 (Stanford)
May 10 (Texas)
May 17 (Stanford)
May 24 (Texas)
May 31 (Miami)
June 7 (Miami)
June 14 (Miami)
Final (Cal State Fullerton)