June 5, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Vanderbilt, Texas ousted in NCAA regionals
RICE TOPS NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the ninth year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 5 to June 26, following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The Rice Owls have returned to the top spot in the poll, which has representation by 14 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the NCAA Division I ranks. Rice, ranked No. 1 in the preseason by the NCBWA, unseats Vanderbilt, which had been the top-ranked for nine straight weeks until losing in the NCAA regionals.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. Rice Conference USA 52-12 3-0 2
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 51-12 3-0 3
3. Arizona State Pacific-10 46-13 3-0 5
4. South Carolina Southeastern 45-18 3-0 9
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 54-13 3-2 1
6. Texas A&M Big 12 48-17 4-1 11
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 45-16 2-2 7
8. UC Irvine Big West 43-15-1 3-0 15
9. Texas Big 12 46-17 2-2 4
10. Clemson Atlantic Coast 41-21 3-0 16
11. Florida State Atlantic Coast 49-13 2-2 6
12. Wichita State Missouri Valley 53-20 4-1 14
13. Mississippi Southeastern 40-23 3-0 21
14. Oklahoma State Big 12 41-19 3-0 22
15. Coastal Carolina Big South 50-13 2-2 10
16. Arizona Pacific-10 42-17 2-2 12
17. Michigan Big Ten 42-17 3-1 -
18. Arkansas Southeastern 43-21 2-2 13
19. San Diego West Coast 43-18 0-2 8
20. Mississippi State Southeastern 36-20 3-0 -
21. Oregon State Pacific-10 42-18 4-1 25
22. Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-23 3-0 -
23. Missouri Big 12 42-18 2-2 17
24. Louisville Big East 44-21 4-1 -
25. Charlotte Atlantic 10 49-12 2-2 18
26. Long Beach State Big West 39-20 2-2 19
27. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 45-17 2-2 24
28. TCU Mountain West 48-14 2-2 20
29. UCLA Pacific-10 33-26 3-0 -
30. Creighton Missouri Valley 45-16 1-2 23
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (40-22), East Carolina (40-23), Kent State (33-26), Minnesota (41-18), Ohio State (38-24), Pepperdine (35-22), Southern Miss (39-23), St. John's (41-19), Stetson (42-21), UC Riverside (38-21), Western Carolina (42-20).
Dropped out: Pepperdine (26), UC Riverside (27), East Carolina (28), North Carolina State (29), Oral Roberts (30).
By conference: Southeastern 5, Atlantic Coast 4, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 4, Big West 3, Missouri Valley 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 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 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.

2007 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Rice)
Feb. 12 (South Carolina)
Feb. 19 (Vanderbilt)
Feb. 26 (Vanderbilt)
March 5 (Vanderbilt)
March 12 (Vanderbilt)
March 19 (Vanderbilt)
March 26 (Florida State)
April 2 (Vanderbilt)
April 9 (Vanderbilt)
April 16 (Vanderbilt)
April 23 (Vanderbilt)
April 30 (Vanderbilt)
May 7 (Vanderbilt)
May 14 (Vanderbilt)
May 21 (Vanderbilt)
May 28 (Vanderbilt)
June 5 (Rice)
June 12 (Rice)
Final (Oregon State)