May 19, 2008
For Immediate Release
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NORTH CAROLINA TOPS NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 11th year with its 2008 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 25-June 30 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 30 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2008 NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 45-10 3-1 2
2. Miami Atlantic Coast 43-8 2-2 1
3. Arizona State Pacific-10 44-9 4-0 4
4. Florida State Atlantic Coast 46-9 3-1 3
5. Rice Conference USA 42-11 3-0 5
6. Oklahoma State Big 12 40-15 3-1 8
7. Cal State Fullerton Big West 35-17 3-0 11
8. San Diego West Coast 39-15 0-0 10
9. UC Irvine Big West 36-15 3-2 9
10. Nebraska Big 12 39-12-1 1-3 6
11. Texas A&M Big 12 42-14 0-4 7
12. Missouri Big 12 37-17 3-0 15
13. Coastal Carolina Big South 43-11 2-0 14
14. Georgia Southeastern 35-19-1 2-2 12
15. Arizona Pacific-10 35-16 1-1 16
t16. California Pacific-10 32-17-2 0-1 17
t16. LSU Southeastern 39-16-1 4-0 24
18. Wichita State Missouri Valley 41-15 3-1 18
19. Kentucky Southeastern 41-15 3-1 20
20. Stanford Pacific-10 31-19-2 2-1 21
21. Vanderbilt Southeastern 37-18 0-3 13
22. South Carolina Southeastern 37-19 3-1 19
23. Long Beach State Big West 34-18 4-0 25
24. Michigan Big Ten 42-12 4-1 22
25. Texas Big 12 34-19 5-0 28
26. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 37-18 2-2 23
27. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 38-17 2-2 29
t28. East Carolina Conference USA 39-17 3-1 30
t28. North Carolina-Wilmington Colonial 41-13-1 2-2 26
30. Oral Roberts Summit 43-12 5-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (32-24), Bowling Green State (31-18), Canisius (40-11), Charlotte (40-14), Dallas Baptist (37-17), Elon (39-16), Florida (34-20), Mississippi (34-22), Missouri State (38-15), Monmouth (35-14), Pepperdine (35-17), Southern Miss (38-18), St. John's (41-12), TCU (39-16), Tulane (36-18-1), UC Davis (32-21), Virginia (36-19).
Dropped out: Southern Miss (27).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 5, Southeastern 5, Pacific-10 4, Big West 3, Conference USA 2, Colonial 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1, Summit 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 Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2008 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Arizona State)
Feb. 25 (Arizona State)
March 3 (Arizona State)
March 10 (Arizona State)
March 17 (Arizona State)
March 24 (Arizona State)
March 31 (Arizona State)
April 7 (Miami)
April 14 (Miami)
April 21 (Miami)
April 28 (Miami)
May 5 (Miami)
May 12 (Miami)
May 19 (North Carolina)
May 26 (Miami)
June 3 (Miami)
June 10 (Miami)
Final (Fresno State)