Feb. 20, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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ACC clubs off to strong start, occupy spots 3-6 this week
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 swept three games from instate rival Miami to keep their No. 1 ranking in the poll. Clemson outscored James Madison 17-2 in three wins to open the season to move up to No. 3.

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 six squads.

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

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and Pro-Line Cap/NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Cap Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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)