Jan. 22, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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Defending champion Trinity (Conn.) picked third
CORTLAND STATE TOPS 2009 PRESEASON
NCBWA/D3BASEBALL.COM 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 23 and continue through the NCAA Division III Championship.

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

Rk. School [1st place] Record Pts. Pvs.
1. Cortland State [12] 42-5 586 6
2. Chapman [4] 40-5 578 4
3. Trinity (Conn.) [7] 45-1 555 1
4. UW-Whitewater [1] 42-10 491 3
5. Johns Hopkins [1] 42-8 465 2
6. Adrian 36-13 459 5
7. Kean 39-11 394 9
8. Heidelberg 41-10 392 10
9. Salisbury 41-4 385 7
10. Southern Maine 36-14 377 18
11. Wooster 36-11 338 20
12. Texas-Tyler 36-9 318 23
13. Eastern Connecticut 32-15 284 --
14. Linfield 35-13 275 8
15. St. Scholastica 35-6 265 14
16. Illinois Wesleyan 33-11 217 15
17. Marietta 23-20 175 --
18. St. Thomas 34-9 171 11
19. Wheaton (Mass.) 34-10 147 12
20. Lynchburg 32-13 143 --
21. Thiel 29-15 115 --
22. RPI 36-12 112 13
23. UW-Oshkosh 29-11 89 --
24. Carthage 36-10 87 17
25. Augustana 34-13 71 24
Others receiving votes: Rowan 67, Webster 58, Pacific Lutheran 55, Calvin 52, Keene State 50, Piedmont 49, Trinity (Texas) 48, New Jersey 38, Redlands 29, La Verne 24, Wheaton (Ill.) 21, George Fox 21, Randolph-Macon 20, Christopher Newport 18, Ithaca 13, St. Olaf 10, Emory 9, Hardin-Simmons 9, North Carolina Wesleyan 8, UW-Stevens Point 6, Aurora 5, DeSales 4, Penn State-Behrend 4, McMurry 3, Montclair State 3, Millsaps 2, Beloit 2, Transylvania 2, Virginia Wesleyan 2, Ohio Wesleyan 2, Ripon 1, Simpson 1
Records are from the 2008 season; Previous rank is from final 2008 poll

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.

2009 NCBWA Division III Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Cortland State)
Feb. 24 (Salisbury)
March 3 (Salisbury)
March 10 (Salisbury)
March 17 (Trinity [Conn.])
March 24 (Eastern Connecticut)
March 31 (Eastern Connecticut)
April 7 (Eastern Connecticut)
April 14 (Millsaps)
April 21 (Southern Maine)
April 28 (Southern Maine)
May 5 (Southern Maine)
May 12 (Pomona-Pitzer)
May 29 (St. Thomas)