May 8, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Cal State Fullerton moves up to No. 3 as top two remain the same
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.

A quiet week in college baseball saw the Rice Owls retain their hold of the top spot in the poll. The Owls, along with No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Clemson, did not play this week. Cal State Fullerton moved up to No. 3.

The ACC, with eight 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. Rice Conference USA 39-9 0-0 1
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 39-8 0-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 35-12 2-1 4
4. Clemson Atlantic Coast 33-13 0-0 5
5. Texas Big 12 36-15 5-0 8
6. Oregon State Pacific-10 34-11 2-1 6
7. Nebraska Big 12 36-8 0-2 3
8. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 36-12 3-0 10
9. Virginia Atlantic Coast 39-10 1-0 11
10. Arkansas Southeastern 34-15 3-1 15
11. Alabama Southeastern 34-16 0-3 7
12. Florida State Atlantic Coast 37-12 2-1 13
13. Oklahoma Big 12 37-13 2-2 9
14. Kentucky Southeastern 37-11 3-0 19
15. Houston Conference USA 34-17 3-1 16
16. Notre Dame Big East 37-11-1 2-2 14
17. Tulane Conference USA 34-16 4-0 17
18. Arizona State Pacific-10 30-16 1-0 18
19. South Carolina Southeastern 32-16 0-4 12
20. Old Dominion Colonial 37-9 2-1 21
21. Winthrop Big South 37-12 4-0 25
22. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 33-15 1-0 22
23. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 32-16 3-0 24
24. College of Charleston Southern 33-11 0-1 20
25. LSU Southeastern 32-17 3-0 28
26. Mississippi State Southeastern 33-16 3-1 27
27. Wake Forest Atlantic Coast 31-15 1-1 29
28. Oklahoma State Big 12 33-13 2-0 -
29. Wichita State Missouri Valley 36-17 2-2 23
30. Georgia Southeastern 31-16 3-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Elon (39-13), Hawaii (37-12), Jacksonville (36-14), Kansas (33-21), Kent State (32-15), Mississippi (31-18), Ohio State (31-15), Pepperdine (33-17), Southern Mississippi (34-16), St. John's (32-14), Troy (35-14), UCLA (25-19), Washington (31-19)
Dropped out: Mississippi (26), Troy (30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 8, Southeastern 7, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big West 1, Colonial 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 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)