May 17, 2021
For Immediate Release
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Texas moves up to No. 2; SEC boasts seven ranked teams
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ARKANSAS TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 24th year with its 2021 weekly surveys, and Arkansas is No. 1 for the 2021-high ninth week and season-best sixth week in a row this spring.

Southeastern Conference schools – Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt – continue to dominate the ratings and also have topped each of the NCBWA Top 30 polls in '21.

While numerous schools in the Top 10 suffered upsets, the first 20 teams in the poll were very similar. There also was a tie for No. 30 between Baylor and Oregon State for the first time in ’21. Moving up in the standings for May 17 are Texas, who moves from No. 4 last week to 2, Texas Tech from No. 7 to 4, Oregon from No. 9 to 7, Arizona from No. 12 to 9 and Notre Dame from No. 11 back into the Top 10 at No. 9.

All teams that received the 20 initial bid possibilities last week for NCAA Regional sites are in this week’s Top 31.

There have been 14 conferences (nine for the fifth consecutive week) represented in the first 12 standings of 2021, and there were 15 different conferences included in the COVID-19 abbreviated NCBWA polls in 2020.

The 2021 poll voters come from among 33 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The ’21 season features 302 NCAA Division I baseball-playing schools and for more information or to join the NCBWA please go to ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Arkansas SEC 39-10 1
2. Texas Big 12 38-12 4
3. Vanderbilt SEC 36-12 2
4. Texas Tech Big 12 33-12 7
5. Tennessee SEC 39-13 5
6. Mississippi State SEC 36-13 3
7. Oregon Pac-12 33-11 9
8. Arizona Pac-12 35-13 12
9. Notre Dame ACC 26-10 11
10. East Carolina American Athletic 36-11 10
11. TCU Big 12 35-14 6
12. Florida SEC 35-16 8
13. Ole Miss SEC 36-15 16
14. Stanford Pac-12 28-12 14
15. Louisiana Tech Conference USA 36-14 15
16. Florida State ACC 28-19 17
17. UCLA Pac-12 30-16 19
18. South Carolina SEC 31-18 21
19. Charlotte Conference USA 37-16 18
20. Gonzaga West Coast 30-13 24
21. Southern Miss Conference USA 35-17 20
22. UC Irvine Big West 33-15 26
23. Louisville ACC 26-18 13
24. Old Dominion Conference USA 36-14 25
25. Arizona State Pac-12 30-16 28
26. Michigan Big Ten 25-13 RV
27. N.C. State ACC 26-14 RV
28. Oklahoma State Big 12 30-15-1 RV
29. Fairfield MAAC 32-1 29
t30. Oregon State Pac-12 32-17 23
t30. Baylor Big 12 29-16 29
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): California Baptist (35-13), Connecticut (25-16), Dallas Baptist (31-13), Georgia (29-20), Georgia Tech (25-20), Grand Canyon (34-17-1), Indiana (24-12), Jackson State (29-8), Liberty (35-12), LSU (32-19), Miami (Fla.) (29-16), Nebraska (25-11), Nevada (21-17), Pittsburgh (22-16), Southern Illinois (36-16), UNCW (29-17), VCU (32-14), Virginia (25-21).
Dropped out: Pittsburgh (22), Indiana (27).
By conference: SEC 7, Pac-12 6, Big 12 5, ACC 4, Conference USA 4, American Athletic 1, Big Ten 1, Big West 1, MAAC 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.

2021 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
• Preseason (Florida)
• Feb. 23 (Ole Miss)
• March 1 (Arkansas)
• March 8 (Arkansas)
• March 15 (Arkansas)
• March 22 (Vanderbilt)
• March 29 (Vanderbilt)
• April 5 (Vanderbilt)
• April 12 (Arkansas)
• April 19 (Arkansas)
• April 26 (Arkansas)
• May 3 (Arkansas)
• May 10 (Arkansas)
• May 17 (Arkansas)
• May 24 (Arkansas)
• May 31 (Arkansas)
• June 8 (Arkansas)
• July 1 (Mississippi State)