May 4, 2015
For Immediate Release
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Louisville rises to No. 2
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LSU TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 18th year with its 2015 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 16-June 25 (weekly through June 10) following the 69th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

LSU is No. 1 for the third week in succession after Texas A&M became the fifth different school to nail down No. 1 in the April 13 survey. Vanderbilt (preseason No. 1, March 30-April 6), Virginia (Feb. 16-23-March 2-9), TCU (March 16), and LSU (March 23, April 20-27-May 4) previously have held the top positions in the initial 2015 surveys. The poll voters come from 42 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current survey has representation by 12 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2015 NCAA Division I ranks. There have been 14 conferences with Top 30 rated teams in 2015. The rankings of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 19 separate circuits had team rankings in '14.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. LSU Southeastern 40-8 3-1 1
2. Louisville Atlantic Coast 36-11 2-1 3
3. TCU Big 12 37-9 3-1 4
4. Texas A&M Southeastern 41-7 4-0 5
5. UCLA Pacific-12 33-11 2-2 2
6. UC Santa Barbara Big West 34-10-1 3-0-1 6
7. Illinois Big Ten 40-6-1 4-0 8
8. Florida Southeastern 35-13 2-1 9
9. Vanderbilt Southeastern 35-14 2-2 7
10. Florida State Atlantic Coast 35-14 2-1 11
11. Oklahoma State Big 12 31-15 2-1 13
12. Florida Atlantic Conference USA 35-11 2-1 14
13. Miami, Florida Atlantic Coast 34-13 3-0 16
14. Southern California Pacific-12 32-14 2-2 12
15. Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 36-9 4-0 17
16. Arizona State Pacific-12 29-15 1-3 10
17. Rice Conference USA 29-16 0-0 15
18. College of Charleston Colonial 35-9 3-0 18
19. Missouri State Missouri Valley 34-10 4-0 19
20. Iowa Big Ten 33-12 3-1 24
21. Houston American Athletic 32-16 3-1 20
22. Nevada Mountain West 38-11 5-0 28
23. Arkansas Southeastern 29-18 3-0 30
24. Oregon State Pacific-12 29-14 2-1 29
25. Texas Tech Big 12 29-20 2-3 21
26. Coastal Carolina Big South 32-15 2-2 25
27. Virginia Atlantic Coast 27-18 0-1 22
28. Maryland Big Ten 32-16 2-3 23
29. California Pacific-12 29-15 3-1 -
30. Auburn Southeastern 32-17 3-1 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Bradley (31-13), East Carolina (21-18), Georgia Tech (29-17), Lipscomb (30-15), Memphis (32-15), Michigan State (29-18), Missouri (28-20), Nebraska (33-17), North Carolina (29-16), North Florida (35-13), Ohio State (31-13), Oral Roberts (32-13), Oregon (27-20), Radford (33-14), Southeastern Louisiana (36-13), UC Irvine (28-16), UCF (28-20), UNC Wilmington (33-12), Winthrop (32-15).
Dropped out: Ohio State (26), North Carolina (27).
By conference: Southeastern 6, Pacific-12 5, Atlantic Coast 4, Big 12 3, Big Ten 3, Conference USA 2,
Missouri Valley 2, American 1, Big South 1, Big West 1, Colonial 1, Mountain West 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.

2015 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Vanderbilt)
Feb. 16 (Virginia)
Feb. 23 (Virginia)
March 2 (Virginia)
March 9 (Virginia)
March 16 (TCU)
March 23 (LSU)
March 30 (Vanderbilt)
April 6 (Vanderbilt)
April 13 (Texas A&M)
April 20 (LSU)
April 27 (LSU) May 4 (LSU)