National Collegiate Baseball Writers Feb. 9, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
214-753-0102
Defending champs are the NCBWA's preseason favorite
RICE KEEPS TOP SPOT IN 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 early polls of the 2004 season have representation by 15 different conferences and top independents among the 285 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Rice Western Athletic 0-0 1
2. Stanford Pacific-10 5-1 3
3. LSU Southeastern 0-0 2
4. Texas Big 12 6-0 6
5. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 0-0 4
6. Miami (Fla.) Independent 0-0 5
7. South Carolina Southeastern 0-0 9
8. Arizona State Pacific-10 3-0 11
9. Long Beach State Big West 2-1 8
10. Cal State Fullerton Big West 3-3 7
11. Tulane Conference USA 0-0 10
12. Wichita State Missouri Valley 0-0 12
13. Notre Dame Big East 0-0 13
14. Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 14
15. Arizona Pacific-10 3-0 20
16. Baylor Big 12 0-0 15
17. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 0-0 17
18. Washington Pacific-10 0-0 18
19. Florida State Atlantic Coast 3-2 16
20. Mississippi Southeastern 0-0 19
21. Nebraska Big 12 0-0 21
22. North Carolina State Atlantic Coast 0-0 22
23. Florida Southeastern 2-0 24
24. Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 3-0 25
25. Texas A&M Big 12 0-0 23
26. Ohio State Big Ten 0-0 26
27. UC Riverside Big West 0-0 28
28. Stetson Atlantic Sun 0-0 29
29. Winthrop Big South 0-0 30
30. Southern Mississippi Conference USA 0-0 31
31. Virginia Commonwealth Colonial 0-0 32
32. Mississippi State Southeastern 0-0 33
33. Southern Southwestern Athletic 0-0 34
34. UNLV Mountain West 0-3 27
t35. California Pacific-10 4-2 -
t35. Oklahoma State Big 12 0-0 35
t35. Auburn Southeastern 0-0 -
Others receiving votes: SMS, Minnesota, Southern California, Alabama, Houston, Kansas, Rutgers, Texas-Arlington, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Coastal Carolina, Richmond, New Orleans, Arkansas, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Illinois-Chicago, Tennessee, Missouri, TCU.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Howser Award Player of the Year, Regional Player of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors preseason All-American awards, publication and writing contests.

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)