National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 7, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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South Carolina, Rice crack Top 5
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 took two of three from Arizona over the weekend to move to 17-1 and hold on to the top spot. South Carolina, fresh off two tournament wins in Minneapolis, jumped to No. 3 and Rice, with two wins in three games of tournament play in Round Rock, Texas, moved up to No. 5.

Michigan, at No. 29, is among two new teams to enter the poll this week. The Wolverines are the only Big Ten team in the rankings. The SEC still paces all conferences with nine.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Texas Big 12 17-1 1
2. Tulane Conference USA 13-1 2
3. South Carolina Southeastern 12-1 4
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 11-2 6
5. Rice Western Athletic 12-3 10
6. LSU Southeastern 11-3 3
7. Florida State Atlantic Coast 19-1 9
8. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 11-2 14
9. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 13-4 8
10. Vanderbilt Southeastern 10-0 22
11. Arkansas Southeastern 12-1 18
12. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 9-3 5
13. Stanford Pacific-10 11-7 15
14. Texas A&M Big 12 12-4 20
15. Florida Southeastern 11-2 13
16. Georgia Southeastern 7-3 7
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 6-0 17
18. Arizona Pacific-10 12-5 11
19. Wichita State Missouri Valley 15-1 12
20. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 14-1 24
21. Mississippi Southeastern 9-3 16
22. USC Pacific-10 7-4 23
23. Oregon State Pacific-10 11-2 34
24. TCU Conference USA 10-3 30
25. Nebraska Big 12 8-2 19
26. Texas Tech Big 12 14-2 25
27. Coastal Carolina Big South 10-2 31
28. Oklahoma State Big 12 11-5 27
29. UCF Atlantic Sun 15-3 21
30. Michigan Big Ten 5-2 -
31. Baylor Big 12 8-6 29
32. Winthrop Big South 13-3 33
33. Clemson Atlantic Coast 5-4 26
34. Alabama Southeastern 12-3 35
t35. Long Beach State Big West 11-6 -
t35. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 11-4 24
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona State, Auburn, California, UC Irvine, Cal Poly, Dallas Baptist, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Hawai'i, Lamar, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, Pepperdine, Rhode Island, St. John's, SMS, Southern Miss, Stetson, Tennessee, Texas State, UAB, UNLV, Virginia, Washington.
Dropped out: Notre Dame (32)
By conference: Southeastern 9, Big 12 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Pacific-10 4, Big South 2, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1, Sun Belt 1, Western Athletic 1.
Records are through games of Sun., March 6

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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)