May 11, 2009
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UC IRVINE TOPS 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 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 feature a national Top 30.

This week's poll has representation by 11 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2009 NCAA Division I ranks.

Rk. School Conference Overall Week Pvs.
1. UC Irvine Big West 37-11 3-0 2
2. LSU Southeastern 38-14 2-1 4
3. Arizona State Pacific-10 38-11 5-0 5
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-13 4-1 6
5. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 38-13 3-2 1
6. Rice Conference USA 33-13 2-2 3
7. Texas Big 12 36-12-1 3-1 8
8. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 33-12-1 2-1 10
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 36-14 3-2 9
10. Virginia Atlantic Coast 37-10-1 2-1 14
11. Mississippi Southeastern 37-15 1-2 7
12. Florida Southeastern 35-17 1-3 12
13. Oklahoma Big 12 37-16 3-2 17
14. TCU Mountain West 31-14 2-1 18
15. Texas A&M Big 12 33-18 2-2 16
16. Clemson Atlantic Coast 34-17 2-1 20
17. Arkansas Southeastern 31-17 0-3 11
18. Georgia Southeastern 34-17 1-2 13
19. Alabama Southeastern 35-15 3-0 26
20. East Carolina Conference USA 37-15 2-1 22
21. Miami Atlantic Coast 32-18 1-2 15
22. Coastal Carolina Big South 39-13 3-0 23
23. Kansas State Big 12 38-13-1 3-2 21
24. Cal Poly Big West 33-15 1-3 19
25. Elon Southern 36-14 3-1 28
26. Oregon State Pacific-10 29-14 2-2 24
27. George Mason Colonial Athletic 38-9 0-0 27
28. Louisville Big East 36-14 4-1 -
29. Ohio State Big Ten 36-14 2-3 25
30. Texas State Southland 37-12 4-0 -
Also receiving votes: Baylor (26-20), Bethune-Cookman (29-26), College of Charleston (35-16), Dallas Baptist (35-14), Eastern Illinois (34-10), Georgia Southern (35-14), Gonzaga (30-14), Indiana State (33-14), Kansas (35-18), Minnesota (33-14), Missouri (30-23), San Diego State (34-18), South Carolina (32-19), Southeastern Louisiana (34-18), West Virginia (34-14).
Dropped out: Kansas (29), Baylor (30).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Southeastern 6, Big 12 4, Big West 3, Conference USA 2, Pacific-10 2, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Colonial 1, Mountain West 1, Southern 1, Southland 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.

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)