May 14, 2012
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SOUTH CAROLINA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 15th year with its 2012 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 20-June 28, following the 66th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at the second-year TD Ameritade Stadium.

Two-time defending NCAA champ South Carolina holds the No. 1 position for the first time in 2012. Previously, Florida State (four times) and Florida has (eight times during the first 13 surveys) have been No. 1, and ACC and SEC remain as the two conferences represented atop the poll in 2012.

The poll voters come from 42 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 291 baseball-playing schools in the 2012 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 21 circuits and independents in the surveys this season. Last year there were 16 different leagues (from 30 in NCAA Division I) among the Top 30 polls.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. South Carolina Southeastern 38-13 2-1 3
2. Florida Southeastern 38-14 3-1 5
3. Florida State Atlantic Coast 40-10 1-3 1
4. Rice Conference USA 36-14 3-1 6
5. Baylor Big 12 39-11 1-3 2
6. Texas A&M Big 12 37-14 3-0 7
7. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 38-13 4-0 8
8. Kentucky Southeastern 41-11 4-0 9
9. LSU Southeastern 39-13 1-2 4
10. Oregon Pac-12 37-14 3-0 10
11. Stanford Pac-12 32-14 3-0 11
12. UCLA Pac-12 35-13 4-0 12
13. UCF Conference USA 40-12 3-1 13
14. Purdue Big Ten 39-10 4-1 14
15. Cal State Fullerton Big West 32-15 2-1 15
16. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 36-13 3-1 17
17. Arizona Pac-12 33-15 3-0 19
18. Arkansas Southeastern 35-17 1-2 16
19. Virginia Atlantic Coast 34-15-1 3-1 21
20. Oregon State Pac-12 32-17 2-2 18
21. Miami Atlantic Coast 32-18 2-1 20
22. Arizona State Pac-12 32-17 3-0 23
23. Ole Miss Southeastern 34-18 3-0 25
24. Louisville Big East 35-17 2-2 22
25. TCU Mountain West 32-16 3-0 26
26. San Diego West Coast 38-13 2-2 24
27. Texas Big 12 29-18 2-0 28
28. Oklahoma Big 12 33-19 3-0 -
29. Sam Houston State Southland 34-16 2-1 29
30. Utah Valley Great West 39-11 4-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Appalachian State (36-12), Army (39-12), Clemson (30-20), Coastal Carolina (34-16), College of Charleston (34-17), Cornell (31-15-1), Dallas Baptist (36-16), East Carolina (32-19-1), Georgia (29-22), Georgia Tech (31-21), Indiana State (40-12), Mississippi State (31-20), Missouri State (35-17), Pepperdine (29-19), South Carolina-Upstate (33-15), St. John's (32-19), Stetson (34-18), Stony Brook (39-11), Tulane (35-17), UNC Wilmington (32-19)
Dropped out: Dallas Baptist (27), East Carolina (30).
By conference: Pac-12 6, Southeastern 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big 12 4, Conference USA 2, Big East 1, Big West 1, Big Ten 1, Great West 1, Mountain West 1, Southland 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.

2012 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Florida)
Feb. 20 (Florida)
Feb. 27 (Florida)
March 5 (Florida)
March 12 (Florida)
March 19 (Florida)
March 26 (Florida)
April 2 (Florida)
April 9 (Florida State)
April 16 (Florida)
April 23 (Florida State)
April 30 (Florida State)
May 7 (Florida State)
May 14 (South Carolina)
May 21 (Florida State)
May 28 (Florida)
June 5 (Florida)
June 12 (Florida)
June 26 (Arizona)