Jan. 31, 2011
For Immediate Release
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Horned Frogs picked as favorite to win it all
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TCU TOPS 2011 PRESEASON NCBWA POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The TCU Horned Frogs are No. 1 nationally for the first time in school history in the 2011 National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll.

Coach Jim Schlossnagle' s squad finished 54-14 a year and third in the university' s inaugural trip to the NCAA World Series after downing preseason No. 1 Texas in the 2010 NCAA Austin Super Regional. The 2010 NCBWA Coach of the Year numbers ' 10 NCBWA Freshman of the Year and team ace (16-0 to lead the nation in wins) Matt Purke among a stellar cast of returnees. The Horned Frogs also gained a No. 1 rating in the pre-2011 Collegiate Baseball poll.

Defending NCAA champ South Carolina is No. 8 in the opening survey while 2010 NCAA Division I runnerup UCLA has been picked at No. 2 for ' 11. The TCU top spot in 2011 is the first-ever preseason No. 1 for the Mountain West Conference.

The NCBWA continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 14th year with its 2011 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will resume from Feb. 21-June 28 with the finale following the 65th annual 2011 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The poll voters come from 40 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 beginning with the Feb. 21 NCBWA survey.

LSU held down the No. 1 slot in both the 1998 and 2001 NCBWA preseason selections while other No. 1 placers in the initial polls are Southern California (1999), Miami (Fla.) (2000), Stanford (2002), Cal State Fullerton (2005), Rice (2004, 07), Arizona State (2008), and North Carolina (2009). The three final No. 1 poll teams prior to LSU in 2009 came from the Far West in Fresno State (2008) and two-time NCAA champ Oregon State (2006 and ' 07). Texas was No. 1 in the pre-2003, 2006 and '10 NCBWA national rankings.

This week's poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 300 baseball-playing schools in the 2011 NCAA Division I ranks. The polls of 2010 had teams from 15 different Division I conferences rated at least one week.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. TCU Mountain West 54-14 3
2. UCLA Pacific-10 51-17 2
3. Florida Southeastern 47-17 8
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 46-20 15
5. Oklahoma Big 12 50-18 5
6. Texas Big 12 50-13 9
7. Clemson Atlantic Coast 45-25 4
8. South Carolina Southeastern 54-16 1
9. Cal State Fullerton Big West 46-18 12
10. Florida State Atlantic Coast 48-20 6
11. Arizona State Pacific-10 52-10 7
12. Oregon Pacific-10 40-24 25
13. Virginia Atlantic Coast 51-14 10
14. Stanford Pacific-10 31-25 -
15. Rice Conference USA 40-23 21
16. Texas A&M Big 12 43-21-1 24
17. Connecticut Big East 48-16 22
18. Coastal Carolina Big South 55-10 11
19. LSU Southeastern 41-22 29
20. Miami Atlantic Coast 43-20 13
21. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 47-15 16
22. Louisville Big East 50-14 17
23. Auburn Southeastern 43-21 19
24. Arkansas Southeastern 43-21 14
25. Arizona Pacific-10 34-24 -
26. College of Charleston Southern 44-19 27
27. UC Irvine Big West 39-21 20
28. Alabama Southeastern 42-25 18
29. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 38-22 26
30. California Pacific-10 29-25 -
31. St. John's Big East 43-20 28
32. Baylor Big 12 36-24 -
33. Wichita State Missouri Valley 41-19 -
34. Washington State Pacific-10 37-22 -
35. Fresno State Western Athletic 38-25 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Bethune-Cookman (35-22), Cal Poly (23-32), Charlotte (39-17), East Carolina (32-27), Elon (38-24), Florida Atlantic (37-24), FIU (36-25), Hawaii (35-28), James Madison (30-23), Kansas (31-27-1), Kansas State (37-22), Kent State (39-25), Liberty (42-19), Louisiana-Lafayette (38-22), Michigan (35-22), Minnesota (32-20), Ole Miss (39-24), N.C. State (38-24), New Mexico (38-22), Oregon State (32-24), Pittsburgh (38-18), San Diego (37-22), San Diego State (28-28), Southern Miss (36-24), Texas State (38-22), The Citadel (43-22), Troy (36-25), Tulane (32-24), UC Riverside (32-23), UCF (33-22), VCU (34-26-1), Virginia Tech (40-22), Western Carolina (37-21-1).
By conference: Pacific-10 7, Southeastern 7, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Big East 3, Big West 2, Big South 1, Conference USA 1, Missouri Valley 1, Mountain West 1, Southern 1, Western Athletic 1.
Records are from the 2010 season; Previous rank is from final 2010 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.

2011 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (TCU)
Feb. 21 (UCLA)
Feb. 28 (Florida)
March 7 (Florida)
March 14 (Vanderbilt)
March 21 (Florida)
March 28 (Vanderbilt)
April 4 (Vanderbilt)
April 11 (Vanderbilt)
April 18 (Virginia)
April 25 (Virginia)
May 2 (Vanderbilt)
May 9 (Vanderbilt)
May 16 (Virginia)
May 23 (South Carolina)
May 30 (Virginia)
June 14 (Virginia)
June 30 (South Carolina)