March 13, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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ACC now boasts top three and four of top five
GEORGIA TECH 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 Atlantic Coast Conference has the top three teams in the poll, including No. 1 Georgia Tech. A 3-1 week improved the Yellow Jackets to 16-1 overall, while No. 2 Florida State went 4-0 to run their overall record to 18-1. The Seminoles moved up three spots. North Carolina is third in the poll, ahead of Rice, previously ranked No. 1 the past two weeks. Clemson, at No. 5 with a 10-3 mark, gives the ACC four of the top five teams in the rankings.

The SEC, with eight teams in the poll, including each of the teams ranked 7-10, leads all conferences. The ACC has six ranked teams. Overall, this week's poll has representation by ten different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 16-1 3-1 2
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 18-1 4-0 5
3. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 13-2 3-1 3
4. Rice Conference USA 15-5 2-2 1
t5. Clemson Atlantic Coast 10-3 3-1 4
t5. Nebraska Big 12 11-2 3-0 6
7. Arkansas Southeastern 16-1 3-0 7
8. Mississippi State Southeastern 11-0 5-0 12
9. Tennessee Southeastern 13-2 2-0 8
10. LSU Southeastern 16-3 3-1 11
11. Oregon State Pacific-10 11-5 2-1 10
12. South Carolina Southeastern 13-2 4-0 15
t13. Arizona State Pacific-10 17-5 3-0 14
t13. Florida Southeastern 14-6 5-0 13
t13. Tulane Conference USA 12-6 2-2 9
16. Cal State Fullerton Big West 14-6 4-0 16
17. Wichita State Missouri Valley 17-2 4-0 18
18. Texas Big 12 13-9 3-1 19
19. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 18-4 5-0 22
20. Southern Miss Conference USA 13-4 4-1 24
21. Oklahoma Big 12 16-4 4-0 26
22. Miami (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 16-6 4-0 25
23. Stanford Pacific-10 11-7 1-2 17
t24. Baylor Big 12 12-4 3-1 27
t24. Long Beach State Big West 12-9 2-2 20
26. Georgia Southeastern 11-2 4-0 -
27. Winthrop Big South 15-4 3-0 29
28. Pepperdine West Coast 12-10 3-1 28
29. Mississippi Southeastern 10-6 2-3 23
30. Hawaii Western Athletic 17-6 4-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (13-6), Cal Poly (13-8), Charleston (12-4), Charlotte (14-4), Jacksonville (16-4), Kansas (15-6), Kansas State (12-1), Old Dominion (17-3), San Diego (12-8), South Alabama (14-6), Southern California (12-10), Texas A&M (13-6), UAB (12-4), Virginia (15-4), Wake Forest (13-5), Washington (15-5), West Virginia (11-3)
Dropped out: Texas A&M (21), Wake Forest (30)
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, West Coast 1, Western Athletic 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)