National Collegiate Baseball Writers March 14, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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South Carolina unseats Tulane at No. 2
TEXAS RETAINS TOP RANKING 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 finished pre-conference play with a blanking of Rice and a three-game sweep of Purdue to move to 21-1 and retain their No. 1 ranking. South Carolina swept a two-game, home-and-home set with Clemson to improve to 15-1 and move up to No. 2. Cal State Fullerton took two of three from Tulane in New Orleans to move up to No. 3 and drop the Green Wave down two spots to No. 4. Georgia Tech continues its climb in the poll, up to No. 5 after scoring 47 runs in a three-game sweep of Wake Forest.

Two Conference USA teams East Carolina and Southern Miss are new entries to the poll giving C-USA four ranked teams. Tennessee moved in at No. 30 to give the SEC ten schools in the Top 35.

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

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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)