April 3, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Series sweep of LSU lands South Carolina in top spot
SOUTH CAROLINA 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.

A perfect 4-0 week, including a three-game sweep of LSU, has vaulted South Carolina to the top spot in the NCBWA poll. The Gamecocks (26-3) are the sixth different team to be ranked No. 1 this season by the baseball writers. North Carolina also moved up four spots to No. 2 after taking two of three games from Florida State, last week's top-ranked club. The Seminoles fell to No. 4.

The SEC, with nine teams in the poll, has the most ranked teams of any conference. Overall, this week's poll has representation by 11 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

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