May 15, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Clemson moves up to No. 2; ACC still boasts eight teams
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.

With a 6-0 week, Clemson jumped over Cal State Fullerton and North Carolina to No. 2. While Rice retained its top ranking for the fifth straight week, UNC, Virginia and Georgia Tech give the ACC four ranked teams among the top seven.

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 42-10 3-1 1
2. Clemson Atlantic Coast 39-13 6-0 4
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-12 1-0 3
4. Texas Big 12 38-15 2-0 5
5. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 41-11 2-3 2
6. Virginia Atlantic Coast 41-11 2-1 9
7. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 39-13 3-1 8
8. Kentucky Southeastern 40-11 3-0 14
9. Oregon State Pacific-10 35-13 1-2 6
10. Alabama Southeastern 36-17 2-1 11
11. Nebraska Big 12 37-12 1-4 7
12. Arizona State Pacific-10 32-17 2-1 18
13. Tulane Conference USA 37-16 3-0 17
14. Houston Conference USA 35-19 1-2 15
15. Florida State Atlantic Coast 37-15 0-3 12
16. Winthrop Big South 41-12 4-0 21
17. Arkansas Southeastern 35-17 1-2 10
18. Oklahoma Big 12 37-16 0-3 13
19. Notre Dame Big East 38-13-1 1-2 16
t20. College of Charleston Southern 38-12 5-1 24
t20. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 34-17 2-1 23
22. South Carolina Southeastern 34-18 2-2 19
23. Georgia Southeastern 35-16 4-0 30
24. Oklahoma State Big 12 36-14 3-1 28
25. Wichita State Missouri Valley 40-18 4-1 29
26. Old Dominion Colonial 38-12 1-3 20
27. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 34-17 1-2 22
28. Wake Forest Atlantic Coast 33-17 2-2 27
29. Elon Southern 39-13 0-0 -
30. Mississippi Southeastern 33-19 2-1 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Baylor (33-19), Connecticut (33-16-1), Hawaii (37-12), Jacksonville (38-15), Kansas (35-23), Kent State (33-16), LSU (33-19), Mississippi State (33-19), UNC Wilmington (36-17), Pepperdine (36-18), Rhode Island (31-12), Southern Miss (34-19), St. John's (36-15), Texas Tech (31-20-1), Troy (38-14), UCLA (27-21)
Dropped out: Louisiana State (25), Mississippi State (26)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 8, Southeastern 6, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 2, Southern 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big West 1, Colonial 1, Missouri Valley 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)