Feb. 18, 2013
For Immediate Release
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Tar Heels are No. 1 in first regular-season rankings
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NORTH CAROLINA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The North Carolina Tar Heels have moved into the top spot in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I Poll. The Tar Heels were 2-0 last week and moved up one spot, replacing preseason No. 1 Arkansas.

The NCBWA continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls with its 2013 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue through June 11, with the final poll following the 67th annual 2013 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at three-year-old TD Ameritrade Park. The poll voters come from 51 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by seven different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The polls of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 2-0 2-0 2
2. LSU Southeastern 3-0 3-0 3
3. Arkansas Southeastern 2-1 2-1 1
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 2-1 2-1 4
5. Oregon Pacific-12 3-0 3-0 8
6. UCLA Pacific-12 2-1 2-1 5
7. South Carolina Southeastern 2-1 2-1 6
8. Oregon State Pacific-12 3-0 3-0 10
9. Florida State Atlantic Coast 3-0 3-0 11
10. Arizona Pacific-12 3-0 3-0 14
11. Kentucky Southeastern 2-0 2-0 12
12. Rice Conference USA 2-1 2-1 18
13. Mississippi State Southeastern 4-0 4-0 16
14. Stanford Pacific-12 1-2 1-2 7
15. Oklahoma Big 12 4-0 4-0 17
16. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 0-1 0-1 9
17. Florida Southeastern 2-1 2-1 15
18. Ole Miss Southeastern 3-0 3-0 25
19. Cal State Fullerton Big West 4-0 4-0 23
20. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 3-0 3-0 21
21. Louisville Big East 2-1 2-1 19
22. Arizona State Pacific-12 2-1 2-1 22
23. Miami Atlantic Coast 3-0 3-0 29
24. TCU Big 12 0-3 0-3 13
25. Virginia Atlantic Coast 2-0 2-0 30
26. Texas A&M Southeastern 2-1 2-1 24
27. UC Irvine Big West 3-0 3-0 23
28. Southern Miss Conference USA 3-0 3-0 32
29. Texas Big 12 2-1 2-1 26
30. Clemson Atlantic Coast 2-1 2-1 28
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Appalachian State (1-0), Baylor (0-3), Cal Poly (3-0), California (3-0), Coastal Carolina (2-0), Creighton (3-0), Florida Atlantic (3-0), FIU (3-0), Georgia Southern (2-1), Mercer (3-0), New Mexico (1-2), Notre Dame (2-1), Oklahoma State (2-1), Pepperdine (4-0), Pittsburgh (3-0), Sam Houston State (1-2), San Diego (0-3), San Diego State (3-0), South Carolina-Upstate (1-0), Southeastern Louisiana (3-0), Saint Louis (2-1), Texas Tech (4-0), Tulane (2-1), UT Arlington (3-0), Virginia Tech (4-0).
Dropped out: San Diego (20), Baylor (27).
By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 7, Pac-12 6, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2, Big West 2, Big East 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.

2013 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Arkansas)
Feb. 18 (North Carolina)
Feb. 25 (North Carolina)
March 4 (North Carolina)
March 11 (North Carolina)
March 18 (North Carolina)
March 25 (North Carolina)
April 1 (North Carolina)
April 8 (North Carolina)
April 15 (North Carolina)
April 22 (North Carolina)
April 29 (Vanderbilt)
May 6 (Vanderbilt)
May 13 (Vanderbilt)
May 20 (Vanderbilt)
May 27 (LSU)
June 4 (LSU)
June 26 (UCLA)