June 27, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Beavers claim first national title after coming through losers' bracket
OREGON STATE TOPS FINAL NCBWA 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. This is the final poll of the 2006 season.

The Oregon State Beavers won two straight from North Carolina after dropping Game 1 to win the best-of-3 championship series and the national championship at the College World Series. After coming through the losers' bracket by shutting out Rice in consecutive games, OSU trailed 5-0 in Game 2 to Carolina, but rallied to win, 11-7, and force a deciding Game 3. Monday night, the Beavers broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning and held on for a 3-2 win to claim the school's first national title.

The ACC, SEC and Big 12, with six teams in the poll, finished with the most ranked teams of any conference. Overall, this final poll had representation by 11 different conferences among the 284 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. Oregon State Pacific-10 50-16 6-2 4
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 54-15 4-2 5
3. Rice Conference USA 57-13 2-2 1
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 50-15 2-2 3
5. Clemson Atlantic Coast 53-16 1-2 2
6. Miami, Fla. Atlantic Coast 42-24 1-2 8
7. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 50-18 0-2 6
8. Georgia Southeastern 47-23 0-2 7
9. Alabama Southeastern 44-21 0-0 9
10. Oklahoma Big 12 45-22 0-0 10
11. Mississippi Southeastern 44-22 0-0 11
12. College of Charleston Southern 46-17 0-0 12
13. South Carolina Southeastern 41-25 0-0 13
14. Virginia Atlantic Coast 47-15 0-0 15
15. Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 41-16 0-0 14
16. Texas Big 12 41-21 0-0 16
17. Kentucky Southeastern 44-17 0-0 17
18. Stanford Pacific-10 33-27 0-0 18
19. Nebraska Big 12 42-17 0-0 20
20. Missouri Big 12 35-28 0-0 19
21. Tulane Conference USA 43-21 0-0 21
22. Florida State Atlantic Coast 44-21 0-0 23
23. Oklahoma State Big 12 41-20 0-0 22
24. Pepperdine West Coast 42-21 0-0 24
25. Houston Conference USA 39-22 0-0 25
26. Winthrop Big South 46-18 0-0 26
27. Arkansas Southeastern 39-21 0-0 t28
28. Arizona State Pacific-10 37-21 0-0 27
29. Evansville Missouri Valley 43-22 0-0 t28
30. Baylor Big 12 37-26 0-0 30
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Fresno State (45-18), Hawaii (45-17), Kent State (38-19), Manhattan (34-23), Michigan (43-21), North Carolina State (40-23), Notre Dame (45-17-1), Old Dominion (39-17), Rhode Island (34-16), Southern Miss (39-23), Troy (47-16), Vanderbilt (38-27), Wichita State (46-22)
Dropped out: None
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

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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)