June 26, 2014
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VANDERBILT TOPS FINAL
2014 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continued its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 18th year with its 2014 weekly surveys. This season's polls have been circulated from Feb. 17-June 26 following the 68th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., as the Vanderbilt Commodores (49-20) captured their first NCAA baseball title.

This is the final poll of the 2014 season, and Vanderbilt captured its first NCAA men's championship in history by edging Virginia 2-1 in games at the best-of-3 round June 23-25 in Omaha. It ended a two-year domination by Pac-12 Conference powers Arizona and UCLA, and VU became the fourth SEC member in history to take the crown along with LSU, South Carolina and Georgia.

Virginia led the NCBWA polls for a season-high eight weeks while Vandy achieved its first-ever No. 1 ranking by the group. Louisiana-Lafayette was ranked No. 1 on May 26 and June 3 for the initial time in school history. Oregon State (four weeks - Feb. 17, May 5-12-19), Florida State (March 17), South Carolina (March 10), and Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) were prior top vote recipients for the 18 surveys in 2014. This tops last season's five total teams at No. 1 during the January-June NCBWA compilations with seven different top-ranked schools holding that distinction.

The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The final poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks, and 19 circuits were ranked in at least one '14 NCBWA Top 30/35.

The preseason 2015 NCBWA DI Top 35 poll will be released in January 2015 after the 17th annual pre-'15 NCBWA All-America team is denoted in December 2014.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 49-20 3-1 6
2. Virginia Atlantic Coast 52-14 3-0 2
3. Texas Big 12 46-21 3-2 9
4. Ole Miss Southeastern 48-21 2-2 8
5. TCU Big 12 48-18 1-2 7
6. Louisville American Athletic 50-17 0-2 4
7. UC Irvine Big West 41-25 1-2 15
8. Texas Tech Big 12 45-21 0-2 10
9. Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 58-10 0-0 1
10. Oklahoma State Big 12 48-18 0-0 3
11. Houston American Athletic 48-18 0-0 5
12. Pepperdine West Coast 43-18 0-0 11
13. Stanford Pacific-12 35-26 0-0 17
14. Oregon State Pacific-12 45-14 0-0 12
15. LSU Southeastern 46-16-1 0-0 13
16. Maryland Atlantic Coast 40-23 0-0 20
17. College of Charleston Colonial 44-19 0-0 16
18. Cal Poly Big West 47-12 0-0 14
19. Kennesaw State Atlantic Sun 40-24 0-0 21
20. Indiana Big Ten 44-15 0-0 19
21. Florida State Atlantic Coast 43-17 0-0 18
22. Miami, Florida Atlantic Coast 44-19 0-0 22
23. South Carolina Southeastern 44-18 0-0 23
24. Rice Conference USA 42-20 0-0 25
25. Florida Southeastern 40-23 0-0 24
26. Washington Pacific-12 41-17-1 0-0 26
27. Oregon Pacific-12 44-20 0-0 27
28. Mississippi State Southeastern 39-24 0-0 28
29. Alabama Southeastern 37-24 0-0 29
30. Nebraska Big Ten 41-21 0-0 30
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arkansas (40-25), Cal State Fullerton (34-24), Clemson (36-25), Dallas Baptist (40-21), Jackson State (32-25), Kentucky (37-25), Liberty (41-18), Long Beach State (34-26), Sam Houston State (43-19), San Diego State (42-21), Texas A&M (36-26), UCF (36-23), UNLV (36-25).
Dropped out: None.
By conference: SEC 7, ACC 4, Big 12 4, Pac-12 4, American 2, Big Ten 2, Big West 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Colonial 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 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 Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

2014 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason: Feb. 3 (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)
Final: June 26 (Vanderbilt)