Jan. 22, 2008
For Immediate Release
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Defending champion Kean picked third
CORTLAND STATE TOPS 2008
PRESEASON NCBWA DIVISION III POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA polls with the inaugural NCBWA/D3baseball.com Division III Preseason Poll. Weekly polls will start on February 25 and continue through June 2, following the NCAA Division III Championship in Grand Chute, Wis.

The poll voters come from 25 college baseball writers, sports information directors and related media persons from throughout the nation.

Cortland State has received the No. 1 preseason nod in the inaugural poll. Cortland State returns an experienced pitching staff headed by George Jweid and a potent offense anchored by preseason All-American catcher Mike Zaccardo. Kean is the defending NCAA Division III champion and is No. 3 in the pre-2008 NCBWA survey.

This week's poll has representation by 18 different conferences from the 2008 NCAA Division III ranks.

Rk. School Conference Record
1. Cortland State (6) SUNYAC 42-7
2. Chapman (2) Independent 41-8
3. Kean (10) NJAC 43-8
4. Wooster (5) NCAC 42-7
5. Emory UAA 43-10
6. Wis.-Stevens Point WIAC 34-17
7. Eastern Conn. State Little East 38-12
8. Johns Hopkins Centennial 38-11
9. Carthage (1) CCIW 37-13
10. Marietta OAC 32-17
11. Wis.-Oshkosh WIAC 35-12
12. Pacific Lutheran NWC 35-9
13. St. Thomas (Minn.) (1) MIAC 30-11
14. College of New Jersey NJAC 34-11
15. Wheaton (Mass.) NEWMAC 34-13
16. Texas-Tyler ASC 37-1
17. Texas Lutheran ASC 37-10-1
18. Augustana CCIW 35-14
19. Illinois Wesleyan CCIW 32-13
20. Otterbein OAC 32-13
21. Ithaca Empire 8 27-15
22. Luther IIAC 31-11
23. Trinity (Conn.) NESCAC 30-8
24. Ferrum USA South 27-18
25. Keene State Little East 32-15
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Averett, DeSales, Edgewood, George Fox, Frostburg State, Gwynedd-Mercy, Hampden Sydney, Keystone, Manhattanville, McMurry, Methodist, Millsaps, Montclair State, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Wesleyan, Oneonta State, Pomona-Pitzer, RPI, Rhodes, Rowan, St. John Fisher, St. Joseph (Maine), St. Olaf, St. Scholastica, Salisbury, Southern Maine, Texas-Dallas, Transylvania, Wartburg, Washington (Mo.), Wis.-Whitewater, York.
By conference: CCIW (3), ASC (2), Little East (2), NJAC (2), OAC (2), WIAC (2), Centennial (1), Empire Eight (1), Independent (1), IIAC (1), MIAC (1), NESCAC (1), NEWMAC (1), NCAC (1), NAC (1), SUNYAC (1), UAA (1), USA South (1).
Records are from the 2007 season

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.

2008 NCBWA Division III Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Cortland State)
Feb. 26 (Chapman)
March 3 (Chapman)
March 10 (Chapman)
March 17 (Chapman)
March 24 (Chapman)
March 31 (Chapman)
April 7 (Chapman)
April 14 (Chapman)
April 21 (Chapman)
April 28 (Chapman)
May 5 (Chapman)
May 12 (Chapman)
Final (Trinity)