National Collegiate Baseball Writers Feb. 28, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Longhorns off to best start since '95
UNBEATEN TEXAS TOPS 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 will continue each Monday through June 28, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The top-ranked Texas Longhorns matched their best start (15-0) in ten years, polishing off Youngstown State in three straight over the weekend and earning Augie Garrido his 1,500th career win, to keep the top spot in the poll. Tulane took two of three from Pepperdine and remains No. 2. LSU swept a Saturday doubleheader from Houston to fill the third slot and South Carolina and North Carolina each remained unbeaten by completing weekend sweeps to round out the Top 5.

Louisiana-Lafayette, at No. 24, is among four new teams to enter the poll this week. The SEC, with nine schools in the rankings, leads all conferences. The ACC and Big 12 each boast six schools in the poll.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Texas Big 12 15-0 1
2. Tulane Conference USA 9-1 2
3. LSU Southeastern 9-1 3
4. South Carolina Southeastern 9-0 6
5. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 8-0 7
6. Cal State Fullerton Big West 7-2 4
7. Georgia Southeastern 5-1 8
8. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 10-3 5
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 15-1 13
10. Rice Western Athletic 10-2 11
11. Arizona Pacific-10 11-3 9
12. Wichita State Missouri Valley 11-0 21
13. Florida Southeastern 8-2 20
14. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 7-2 10
15. Stanford Pacific-10 9-6 15
16. Mississippi Southeastern 5-2 16
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 2-0 17
18. Arkansas Southeastern 9-1 24
19. Nebraska Big 12 7-0 32
20. Texas A&M Big 12 7-4 14
21. UCF Atlantic Sun 11-2 22
22. Vanderbilt Southeastern 6-0 29
23. USC Pacific-10 5-2 19
24. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 10-0 -
25. Texas Tech Big 12 11-1 31
26. Clemson Atlantic Coast 4-2 -
27. Oklahoma State Big 12 7-4 25
28. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 9-2 27
29. Baylor Big 12 6-4 12
30. TCU Conference USA 7-3 28
31. Coastal Carolina Big South 7-1 -
32. Notre Dame Big East 4-3 18
33. Winthrop Big South 9-3 26
34. Oregon State Pacific-10 9-1 -
35. Alabama Southeastern 8-3 33
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, UC Irvine, Cal Poly, College of Charleston, Dallas Baptist, Florida Atlantic, Hawai'i, Lamar, Long Beach State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Pepperdine, Rhode Island, San Jose State, Southern Miss, Stetson, Tennessee, Texas State, UAB, UNLV, USF, Virginia, Washington
Dropped out: UC Irvine (23), Oral Roberts (30), Florida Atlantic 34, College of Charleston (35)
By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 6, Pacific-10 4, Big South 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big West 1, Big East 1, Missouri Valley 1, Sun Belt 1, Western Athletic 1.
Records are through games of Sun., Feb. 27

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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)