Feb. 13, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Gators open with sweep of Cincinnati; Kansas enters poll at No. 30
FLORIDA TOPS NCBWA TOP 30 POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the ninth year with its 2006 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue through June 27, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Florida Gators opened the season with an impressive three-game sweep of Cincinnati to keep a stronghold of the top spot in the poll. Rice and Oregon State remained right behind, while Clemson moved up to No. 4.

Overall, this week's poll has representation by 11 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. The SEC has seven teams in the poll, but the ACC, with six, boasts four of the top eight squads.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Florida Southeastern 3-0 1
2. Rice Conference USA 4-1 2
3. Oregon State Pacific-10 2-1 3
4. Clemson Atlantic Coast 0-0 5
5. Nebraska Big 12 0-0 4
6. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 0-0 7
7. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 2-0 9
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 4-1 6
9. Tulane Conference USA 2-1 13
10. Texas Big 12 3-4 10
11. Long Beach State Big West 4-2 11
12. Cal State Fullerton Big West 3-3 15
13. Arkansas Southeastern 3-0 20
14. Tennessee Southeastern 4-1 19
15. Stanford Pacific-10 4-2 14
16. Mississippi State Southeastern 0-0 18
17. LSU Southeastern 2-1 16
18. San Diego West Coast 5-1 23
19. Pepperdine West Coast 3-3 12
20. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 5-3 21
21. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 6-0 28
22. TCU Mountain West 2-1 22
23. Arizona State Pacific-10 5-4 8
24. Missouri Big 12 2-2 17
25. Notre Dame Big East 0-0 24
26. Mississippi Southeastern 0-0 25
27. South Carolina Southeastern 2-1 26
28. Wichita State Missouri Valley 4-1 29
29. Winthrop Big South 3-2 27
30. Kansas Big 12 6-2 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (4-2), Baylor (3-0), Cal Poly (7-2), Charlotte (1-1), Gonzaga (6-1), Hawai'i (5-2), UNC Wilmington (3-0), Oklahoma (5-1), Southern Miss (0-0), USC (4-3).
Dropped out: Southern Miss (30).
By conference: Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, West Coast 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1.

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2006 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Texas)
Feb. 6 (Florida)
Feb. 13 (Florida)
Feb. 20 (Florida)
Feb. 27 (Rice)
March 6 (Rice)
March 13 (Georgia Tech)
March 20 (Florida State)
March 27 (Florida State)
April 3 (South Carolina)
April 10 (North Carolina)
April 17 (Rice)
April 24 (Rice)
May 1 (Rice)
May 8 (Rice)
May 15 (Rice)
May 22 (Rice)
May 29 (Rice)
June 6 (Rice)
June 13 (Rice)