March 6, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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ACC now boasts four of the top five behind Owls
RICE 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 Rice Owls took two of three from Cal State Fullerton to stay in the top spot in the poll. Rice is the third team this season to occupy the No. 1 ranking. The Owls are getting set to try to avenge an earlier loss to Texas when they host the Longhorns Tuesday night.

Georgia tech scored 48 runs in the three-game sweep of Rutgers to move up to No. 2. Florida State also had a perfect week, including a win over rival Florida, to rise to No. 5. No. 3 North Carolina and fourth-ranked Clemson give the ACC four of the top five teams. The ACC, along with the SEC, has seven teams in the poll.

Overall, this week's poll has representation by nine different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

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