National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 12, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Rice rises to No. 3; Tennessee, Tulane crack Top 10
TEXAS CONTINUES ATOP 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 16 different conferences and top independents among the 285 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Texas Big 12 35-4 1
2. Stanford Pacific-10 25-5 2
3. Rice Western Athletic 27-6 5
4. Miami (Fla.) Independent 26-7 4
5. Notre Dame Big East 25-4 6
6. Tennessee Southeastern 29-5 12
7. Tulane Conference USA 25-9 18
8. South Carolina Southeastern 25-7 7
9. Long Beach State Big West 23-8 9
10. LSU Southeastern 24-9 3
11. Mississippi Southeastern 26-6 8
12. Wichita State Missouri Valley 20-5 11
13. Southern Miss Conference USA 27-6 14
14. East Carolina Conference USA 28-6 21
15. Nebraska Big 12 24-7 16
16. Auburn Southeastern 24-10 19
17. Texas A&M Big 12 29-9 23
18. Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 28-8 17
19. UC Irvine Big West 22-7 20
20. Florida State Atlantic Coast 25-11 22
21. Florida Southeastern 26-10 15
22. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 26-7 24
23. College of Charleston Southern 26-6 25
24. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 25-8 10
25. Virginia Atlantic Coast 29-7 27
26. UCF Atlantic Sun 29-7 26
27. North Carolina State Atlantic Coast 24-10 28
28. Oklahoma Big 12 22-11 32
29. Vanderbilt Southeastern 24-8 29
30. Arkansas Southeastern 23-11 -
31. Washington Pacific-10 19-10 33
32. Oklahoma State Big 12 21-12 34
33. UNC Greensboro Southern 21-7 35
34. Arizona State Pacific-10 23-11 13
t35. UNLV Mountain West 22-11 -
t35. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 22-9 -
Dropped out: New Mexico State (30), Clemson (31).
Others receiving votes: Cal Poly, New Mexico State, Texas Tech, Lamar, Birmingham-Southern, Southern, Illinois-Chicago, SMS, Minnesota, Texas-Arlington, Arizona, The Citadel, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Stetson, Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, Florida International, Oregon State, Southern California, South Florida, Army, Austin Peay, Mississippi State, Michigan State, St. John's, Washington State, Dallas Baptist.

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)