May 1, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Owls pace the nation for the third straight week
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.

Make it three straight weeks atop the poll for the Rice Owls after a 4-0 to improve their overall mark to 39-9 on the year. North Carolina (5-0 this week), Nebraska (4-0) and Cal State Fullerton (2-1) kept pace as the nation's top four teams remained the same. Clemson, with a 4-0 week of its own, moved into the top five.

The ACC, with eight teams in the poll, has the most ranked teams of any conference. Overall, this week's poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. Rice Conference USA 39-9 4-0 1
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 39-8 5-0 2
3. Nebraska Big 12 36-6 4-0 3
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 33-11 2-1 4
5. Clemson Atlantic Coast 33-13 4-0 7
6. Oregon State Pacific-10 32-10 4-1 6
7. Alabama Southeastern 34-13 3-1 8
8. Texas Big 12 31-15 3-0 9
9. Oklahoma Big 12 35-11 3-1 10
10. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 33-12 1-3 5
11. Virginia Atlantic Coast 38-10 4-0 14
12. South Carolina Southeastern 32-12 2-1 13
13. Florida State Atlantic Coast 35-11 2-1 12
14. Notre Dame Big East 35-9-1 3-1-1 15
15. Arkansas Southeastern 31-14 1-2 11
16. Houston Conference USA 31-16 3-1 21
17. Tulane Conference USA 30-16 3-1 20
18. Arizona State Pacific-10 29-16 1-2 16
19. Kentucky Southeastern 34-11 4-1 26
20. College of Charleston Southern 33-10 0-1 17
21. Old Dominion Colonial 35-8 0-0 22
22. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 32-15 1-2 18
23. Wichita State Missouri Valley 34-15 3-1 23
24. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 29-16 2-1 27
25. Winthrop Big South 33-12 2-0 24
26. Mississippi Southeastern 30-15 4-0 -
27. Mississippi State Southeastern 30-15 1-4 19
28. LSU Southeastern 29-17 3-1 29
29. Wake Forest Atlantic Coast 30-14 0-0 28
30. Troy Sun Belt 34-12 2-2 25
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Baylor (27-19), Boston College (25-21-1), Charlotte (29-14-1), Connecticut (28-15-1), Jacksonville (33-13), Kansas (32-18), Kent State (28-14), Michigan (26-15), Ohio State (27-14), Oklahoma State (31-13), Pepperdine (30-16), Rhode Island (27-9), Southern Mississippi (31-16), Vanderbilt (27-18), Washington (30-16), West Virginia (29-15)
Dropped out: Kansas (t30), Vanderbilt (t30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 8, Southeastern 7, 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, Sun Belt 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)