National Collegiate Baseball Writers May 17, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
214-753-0102
East Carolina rises to No. 4
STANFORD RETURNS TO TOP OF 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. Stanford Pacific-10 39-10 2
2. Texas Big 12 46-10 1
3. Rice Western Athletic 38-9 4
4. East Carolina Conference USA 45-8 5
5. Miami (Fla.) Independent 37-11 3
6. LSU Southeastern 38-14 6
7. South Carolina Southeastern 39-13 7
8. Notre Dame Big East 42-9 8
9. Mississippi Southeastern 38-15 10
10. Long Beach State Big West 36-13 9
11. Tulane Conference USA 37-15 11
12. Southern Miss Conference USA 39-13 9
13. Wichita State Missouri Valley 38-13 14
14. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 42-8 16
15. Arkansas Southeastern 35-18 15
16. Washington Pacific-10 32-16 18
17. Florida Southeastern 37-16 13
18. Texas A&M Big 12 38-15 19
19. Georgia Southeastern 35-17 17
20. Oklahoma Big 12 34-18 24
21. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 36-15 21
22. Virginia Atlantic Coast 40-11 25
23. Arizona State Pacific-10 35-13 26
24. UCF Atlantic Sun 39-12 28
25. Texas Tech Big 12 34-17 29
26. Lamar Southland 35-13 30
27. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 34-17 34
28. Florida State Atlantic Coast 34-19 31
29. Vanderbilt Southeastern 35-16 32
30. Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 38-14 35
31. College of Charleston Southern 39-11 22
32. Cal State Fullerton Big West 33-20 -
33. North Carolina State Atlantic Coast 31-19 -
34. Oklahoma State Big 12 34-19 20
35. Tennessee Southeastern 34-19 23
Dropped out: UC Irvine (27), Nebraska (33).
Others receiving votes: UC Irvine, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Cal Poly, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico State, Birmingham-Southern, Minnesota, Texas-Arlington, Arizona, Ohio State, Penn State, Richmond, Oregon State, South Florida, Army, Austin Peay, St. John's, Dallas Baptist, Washington State, Albany, Central Connecticut State, George Mason, TCU, Texas Southern, Missouri, UNLV, Houston, Clemson, Rhode Island.

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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)