March 10, 2014
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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 17th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 (weekly through June 10) following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

South Carolina has joined Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1), Oregon State (Feb. 17) and Virginia (Feb. 24-March 3) as schools holding down the No. 1 positions in the first five 2014 surveys. Last season only five teams were No. 1 during the entire January-June NCBWA compilations. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks, and 13 circuits have been rated this season. The rankings of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in '13.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. South Carolina Southeastern 15-0 5-0 3
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 12-2 4-1 2
3. Virginia Atlantic Coast 11-3 2-1 1
4. Oregon State Pacific-12 14-3 5-0 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 15-2 5-0 6
6. LSU Southeastern 14-2 5-0 7
7. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 13-2 4-0 8
8. Cal State Fullerton Big West 8-5 1-2 4
9. Oregon Pacific-12 12-4 4-1 11
10. Louisville American Athletic 10-4 2-1 10
11. Louisiana Sun Belt 13-2 3-0 15
12. Cal Poly Big West 11-3 3-1 14
13. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 10-4 3-1 16
14. Ole Miss Southeastern 14-2 3-1 17
15. UCLA Pacific-12 8-7 1-3 9
16. Texas Big 12 13-4 4-1 20
17. Clemson Atlantic Coast 9-5 3-1 19
18. Rice Conference USA 10-6 3-1 18
19. Oklahoma State Big 12 11-4 1-2 13
20. Mississippi State Southeastern 12-7 2-3 12
21. Kentucky Southeastern 13-3 4-1 22
22. Miami Atlantic Coast 10-5 5-0 23
23. Texas A&M Southeastern 11-5 4-1 25
24. Sam Houston State Southland 13-3 3-1 28
25. Texas Tech Big 12 14-3 5-0 30
26. Tennessee Southeastern 14-1 4-1 -
27. TCU Big 12 9-6 2-2 21
28. Indiana Big Ten 7-6 3-1 26
29. FIU Conference USA 15-1 4-0 -
30. Houston American Athletic 11-3 3-1 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (9-5), Arizona State (7-6), Arkansas (8-5), California (10-5), College of Charleston (11-3), Dallas Baptist (11-4), Florida (10-6), Florida Atlantic (11-5), Fresno State (11-4), Georgia Southern (14-2), Kansas (12-3), Liberty (11-6), Memphis (12-3), Oklahoma (11-5), Pepperdine (12-3), Samford (11-4), San Diego (10-4), San Diego State (11-4), Seton Hall (8-3), Tennessee Tech (13-3), Tulane (9-5), UAB (13-3), UC Irvine (11-3), UC Santa Barbara (10-2), UNLV (10-4), VCU (12-2).
Dropped out: Arizona State (24), Arkansas (27), College of Charleston (29).
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 6, Big 12 4, Pacific-12 3, American 2, Big West 2, Conference USA 2, Big Ten 1, Southland 1, Sun Belt 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 Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2014 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Cal State Fullerton)
Feb. 17 (Oregon State)
Feb. 24 (Virginia)
March 3 (Virginia)
March 10 (South Carolina)
March 17 (Florida State)
March 24 (Virginia)
March 31 (Virginia)
April 7 (Virginia)
April 14 (Virginia)
April 21 (Virginia)
April 28 (Virginia)
May 5 (Oregon State)
May 12 (Oregon State)
May 19 (Oregon State)
May 26 (Louisiana)
June 3 (Louisiana)
June 26 (Vanderbilt)