National Collegiate Baseball Writers April 26, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
214-753-0102
Long Beach State cracks Top 5
TEXAS RETAINS 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 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 41-6 1
2. Stanford Pacific-10 31-6 2
3. Rice Western Athletic 33-7 3
4. Miami (Fla.) Independent 30-9 4
5. Long Beach State Big West 29-9 7
6. LSU Southeastern 31-11 8
7. South Carolina Southeastern 29-11 9
8. East Carolina Conference USA 35-6 10
9. Notre Dame Big East 32-8 5
10. Wichita State Missouri Valley 28-7 11
11. Mississippi Southeastern 31-11 6
12. Southern Miss Conference USA 30-11 12
13. Arkansas Southeastern 29-13 30
14. Tulane Conference USA 30-12 14
15. Tennessee Southeastern 31-11 13
16. Auburn Southeastern 28-14 16
17. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 33-7 18
18. Oklahoma Big 12 26-16 15
19. Texas A&M Big 12 33-12 19
20. Virginia Atlantic Coast 35-9 20
21. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 31-11 22
22. UCF Atlantic Sun 32-8 21
23. Florida Southeastern 31-12 23
24. College of Charleston Southern 32-7 25
25. Texas Tech Big 12 27-13 -
26. UC Irvine Big West 26-11 26
27. Clemson Atlantic Coast 27-14 -
28. Oklahoma State Big 12 27-14 29
29. Washington Pacific-10 24-13 32
30. Nebraska Big 12 27-12 17
31. Arizona State Pacific-10 28-13 -
32. Georgia Southeastern 26-15 -
33. Vanderbilt Southeastern 27-13 28
34. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 25-17 -
35. Lamar Southland 31-11 -
Dropped out: Florida State (24), North Carolina State (27), Cal Poly (31),
Cal State Fullerton (33), Rutgers (34), UNLV (35).
Others receiving votes: Florida State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern, New Mexico State, Lamar, Birmingham-Southern, Minnesota, Texas-Arlington, Arizona, The Citadel, Ohio State, Stetson, Richmond, Oregon State, South Florida, Army, TCU, Houston, Austin Peay, Mississippi State, Michigan State, St. John's, Dallas Baptist, Washington State, Florida Atlantic, Albany, Central Connecticut State.

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)