National Collegiate Baseball Writers Jan. 26, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
214-753-0102
Defending champ Cal State Fullerton is No. 2
TEXAS TOPS PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the eighth year with its 2005 weekly surveys. Weekly polls after the preseason survey will continue from Feb. 7 to June 28, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Texas Longhorns top the initial poll of the 2005 season, which has representation by eight different conferences and top independents among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. Texas, 58-15 last season and No. 2 in the final NCBWA poll, beat out Cal State Fullerton, the defending national champion, which is ranked No. 2.

The SEC has eight teams in the poll to lead all conferences nationally, while the ACC with new member Miami boasts six. The Big 12 and Pac-10 each have four teams ranked.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Texas Big 12 58-15 2
2. Cal State Fullerton Big West 47-22 1
3. Tulane Conference USA 41-21 15
4. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 50-13 4
5. Stanford Pacific-10 46-14 12
6. LSU Southeastern 46-19 7
7. South Carolina Southeastern 53-17 3
8. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 43-21 32
9. Arizona State Pacific-10 41-18 28
10. Georgia Southeastern 45-23 5
11. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 44-21 11
12. Texas A&M Big 12 42-22 18
13. Rice Western Athletic 46-14 13
14. Arizona Pacific-10 36-27 6
15. Washington Pacific-10 39-20 23
16. Florida State Atlantic Coast 45-23 17
17. Mississippi Southeastern 39-21 27
18. Long Beach State Big West 40-21 9
19. Mississippi State Southeastern 35-24 -
20. Notre Dame Big East 51-12 14
21. Florida Southeastern 43-22 16
22. TCU Conference USA 39-26 -
23. Clemson Atlantic Coast 39-26 -
24. Wichita State Missouri Valley 49-16 20
25. UCF Atlantic Sun 48-17 25
26. Winthrop Big South 37-23 -
27. Oklahoma State Big 12 38-24 34
28. Florida Atlantic Atlantic Sun 47-17 29
29. Arkansas Southeastern 45-24 8
30. East Carolina Conference USA 51-13 10
31. Stetson Atlantic Sun 36-23 -
32. Virginia Atlantic Coast 44-15 22
33. Baylor Big 12 29-31 -
34. Vanderbilt Southeastern 45-19 19
35. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 50-11 21
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Auburn, Coastal Carolina, Fresno State, George Mason, Hawai'i, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Rhode Island, Southern Miss, Tennessee, UC Irvine, UNLV, USF.
By Conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Pac-10 4, Atlantic Sun 3, Conference USA 3, Big West 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Mid-Continent 1, Missouri Valley 1, Western Athletic 1.
Records and previous ranking are from 2004 season

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2005 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Texas)
February 7 (Texas)
February 14 (Texas)
February 21 (Texas)
February 28 (Texas)
March 7 (Texas)
March 14 (Texas)
March 21 (Tulane)
March 28 (Georgia Tech)
April 4 (Texas)
April 11 (Texas)
April 18 (Texas)
April 25 (Texas)
May 2 (Tulane)
May 9 (Tulane)
May 16 (Tulane)
May 23 (Tulane)
May 30 (Tulane)
June 7 (Tulane)
June 14 (Tulane)
Final (Texas)