May 22, 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.

The Rice Owls kept rolling through Conference USA with another unbeaten week (4-0) to retain the top spot in the NCBWA poll. Three ACC teams - Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia - also had perfect weeks to give the league three of the top five slots in the rankings. Cal State Fullerton kept pace at No. 3 with a 3-1 week.

The ACC, seven 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 46-10 4-0 1
2. Clemson Atlantic Coast 43-13 4-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 39-13 3-1 3
4. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 45-11 4-0 5
5. Virginia Atlantic Coast 45-11 4-0 6
t6. Alabama Southeastern 39-17 3-0 10
t6. Oregon State Pacific-10 38-13 3-0 9
8. Kentucky Southeastern 42-13 2-2 8
9. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 42-14 3-1 7
10. Texas Big 12 38-18 0-3 4
t11. Nebraska Big 12 39-14 2-2 11
t11. Tulane Conference USA 39-17 2-1 13
13. Houston Conference USA 36-19 1-0 14
14. Oklahoma Big 12 39-17 2-1 18
15. Georgia Southeastern 38-17 3-1 23
16. Arizona State Pacific-10 33-19 1-2 12
17. Arkansas Southeastern 38-17 3-0 17
18. Oklahoma State Big 12 39-15 3-1 24
19. Notre Dame Big East 41-14-1 3-1 19
20. Florida State Atlantic Coast 39-17 2-2 15
21. Winthrop Big South 42-14 1-2 16
t22. Mississippi Southeastern 36-20 3-1 30
t22. Wichita State Missouri Valley 43-18 3-0 25
24. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 35-19 1-2 t20
25. Pepperdine West Coast 38-18 2-0 -
26. South Carolina Southeastern 36-20 2-2 22
27. Elon Southern 42-14 3-1 29
28. College of Charleston Southern 39-15 1-3 t20
29. Hawaii Western Athletic 40-13 3-1 -
30. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 35-19 1-2 27
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Connecticut (38-16-1), Fresno State (39-16), Jacksonville (41-15), Kansas (38-23), Kent State (35-17), Louisiana-Lafayette (37-18), Michigan (38-18), Ohio State (35-19), Old Dominion (39-15), Rhode Island (34-14), San Francisco (37-19), Southern Mississippi (37-19), Troy (41-14), UCLA (30-22), Vanderbilt (33-23), Wake Forest (33-20)
Dropped out: Old Dominion (26), Wake Forest (28)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 6, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 2, Southern 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big West 1, Missouri Valley 1, Western Athletic 1, West Coast 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)