June 13, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Top 8 teams ready to vie for national title in Omaha
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 remained the top-ranked team in the NCBWA for the ninth straight week. The Owls join each of the top eight teams in Omaha at the College World Series. Clemson and Cal State Fullerton remained second and third in the poll.

The ACC, SEC and Big 12, with six teams in the poll, have 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 55-11 5-1 1
2. Clemson Atlantic Coast 52-14 5-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 48-13 5-0 3
4. Oregon State Pacific-10 44-14 5-0 5
5. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 50-13 5-0 6
6. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 50-16 5-0 7
7. Georgia Southeastern 47-21 6-2 8
8. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 41-22 5-1 12
9. Alabama Southeastern 44-21 3-2 4
10. Oklahoma Big 12 45-22 5-3 9
11. Mississippi Southeastern 44-22 4-2 10
12. College of Charleston Southern 46-17 3-2 11
13. South Carolina Southeastern 41-25 4-3 15
14. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 41-16 3-2 18
15. Virginia Atlantic Coast 47-15 1-2 13
16. Texas Big 12 41-21 1-2 14
17. Kentucky Southeastern 44-17 2-2 16
18. Stanford Pacific-10 33-27 3-2 19
19. Missouri Big 12 35-28 4-3 21
20. Nebraska Big 12 42-17 0-2 17
21. Tulane Conference USA 43-21 2-2 20
22. Oklahoma State Big 12 41-20 2-2 22
23. Florida State Atlantic Coast 44-21 2-2 23
24. Pepperdine West Coast 42-21 2-2 24
25. Houston Conference USA 39-22 0-2 25
26. Winthrop Big South 46-18 2-2 27
27. Arizona State Pacific-10 37-21 1-2 26
t28. Evansville Missouri Valley 43-22 3-2 -
t28. Arkansas Southeastern 39-21 1-2 28
30. Baylor Big 12 37-26 2-2 -
Teams participating in NCAA College World Series in boldface
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Fresno State (45-18), Hawaii (45-17), Kansas (43-25), Michigan (43-21), Mississippi State (37-23), North Carolina State (40-23), UNC Wilmington (42-22), Notre Dame (45-17-1), Southern Miss (39-23), Troy (47-16), Vanderbilt (38-27), Wichita State (46-22)
Dropped out: Notre Dame (28), Wichita State (30)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 6, Southeastern 6, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big South 1, Big West 1, Mid-Continent 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 1, West Coast 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)