Jan. 12, 2009
For Immediate Release
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Tar Heels picked as favorite to win it all by Baseball Writers
NORTH CAROLINA TOPS 2009
PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 12th year with its 2009 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue from Feb. 23 through June 25 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30.

North Carolina has received the No. 1 preseason nod for the first time in NCBWA history after coach Mike Fox's crew closed 54-14 and third in the final 2008 NCBWA survey. The Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse was runner-up in both 2006 and '07 and has the potential to take all the marbles in 2009. Previous preseason No. 1 choices have been LSU (1998, 2001), USC (1999), Miami (2000), Stanford (2002), Texas (2003, '06), Cal State Fullerton (2005), Rice (2004, '07), and Arizona State (2008). Fresno State is defending NCAA champion after Oregon State won the baseball crown in Omaha in both 2006 and '07.

This week's poll has representation by 13 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2009 NCAA Division I ranks. The polls of 2008 had teams from 17 different DI conferences rated at least one week. The preseason poll lists schools, and the remaining polls with consist of Top 30 choices. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 54-14 3
2. LSU Southeastern 49-19-1 6
3. Rice Conference USA 47-15 7
4. Texas A&M Big 12 46-19 14
5. Georgia Southeastern 45-25-1 2
6. Florida State Atlantic Coast 54-14 8
7. Arizona State Pacific-10 49-13 9
8. Texas Big 12 39-22 21
9. Stanford Pacific-10 41-24-2 4
10. Cal State Fullerton Big West 41-22 11
11. Louisville Big East 41-21 -
12. Miami Atlantic Coast 53-11 5
13. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 41-21 26
14. Mississippi Southeastern 39-26 -
15. UC Irvine Big West 42-18 10
16. Oklahoma State Big 12 44-18 17
17. Fresno State Western Athletic 47-31 1
18. San Diego West Coast 44-17 18
19. Baylor Big 12 32-26 -
20. Missouri Big 12 39-21 19
21. Pepperdine West Coast 38-21 -
22. Coastal Carolina Big South 50-14 13
23. Kentucky Southeastern 44-19 23
24. Florida Southeastern 34-24 -
25. UCLA Pacific-10 33-27 -
26. Clemson Atlantic Coast 31-27-1 -
27. East Carolina Conference USA 42-21 -
28. Oklahoma Big 12 36-26 -
29. Arizona Pacific-10 42-19 12
30. Michigan Big Ten 46-14 28
31. Oregon State Pacific-10 28-24 -
32. TCU Mountain West 44-19 -
33. USC Pacific-10 28-28 -
34. Tulane Conference USA 39-22-1 -
35. Wichita State Missouri Valley 48-17 15
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (35-28), Arkansas (34-24), Auburn (28-28), Bethune-Cookman (36-22), California (33-21-2), Charlotte (43-16), College of Charleston (39-20), Dallas Baptist (37-19), Elon (44-18), Houston (42-24), Lamar (35-23), Long Beach State (38-21), Missouri State (40-17), N.C. State (42-22), Nebraska (41-16), New Orleans (43-21), Notre Dame (33-21-1), Ohio State (30-26), Oral Roberts (48-14), Oregon (0-0), Sam Houston State (37-25), San Diego State (31-28), Santa Clara (33-22), South Carolina (40-23), Southern Miss (42-22), St. John's (42-16), Tennessee (27-29), UC Davis (35-24), UC Santa Barbara (35-21), UNC Wilmington (44-17), UTSA (39-19), Vanderbilt (41-22), Virginia (39-23).
By conference: Big 12 6, Pacific-10 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Southeastern 5, Conference USA 3, Big West 2, West Coast 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, Western Athletic 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 Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2009 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (North Carolina)
Feb. 23 (North Carolina)
March 2 (LSU)
March 9 (Georgia)
March 16 (North Carolina)
March 23 (Georgia)
March 30 (Georgia)
April 6 (Arizona State)
April 13 (LSU)
April 20 (North Carolina)
April 27 (North Carolina)
May 4 (North Carolina)
May 11 (UC Irvine)
May 18 (UC Irvine)
May 25 (UC Irvine)
June 2 (LSU)
June 9 (LSU)
Final (LSU)