March 12, 2018
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OREGON STATE TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 21st year with its 2018 weekly surveys. This week there is a new No. 1, as Oregon State takes over the position after Florida held down the spot for the first three weeks of the season.

Oregon State is the new No. 1 after going 3-1 last week, including a series win over Cal State Fullerton at home. The Beavers are now 15-1 overall.

The Gators dropped down to No. 2 after going 3-2 last week, sweeping Rhode Island in a three-game series, but dropping both midweek contests to UCF.

Lots of shuffling from spots three through 10 this week, starting with Stanford joining the top three for the first time this season after they went 3-1 in a series at Texas last week. Overall they are 14-2 on the season.

Kentucky also moved up a spot to No. 4 after taking two-of-three from last week’s No. 3, Texas Tech at home. The Red Raiders moved down to No. 5 after the series loss at Kentucky.

Florida State also dropped two spots, down to No. 6 after losing a series against Wake Forest on the road.

Texas A&M and Ole Miss each jumped up a spot, to No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, after each going 5-0 last week.

Arkansas also moved up one spot to No. 9 after a series win at home over Kent State.

Clemson joins the top 10 this week, jumping up from No. 13 after an impressive 5-0 mark last week, including a sweep of conference foe Georgia Tech.

Newcomers into the rankings this week include Duke at No. 24, UNLV at No. 25, Alabama at No. 27, Stetson at No. 28 and Oregon at No. 30.

The 2018 poll voters come from among 35 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 35 listing, the remainder of the polls will feature a national Top 30 beginning with the Feb. 19 NCBWA DI survey.

The current survey has representation by 12 different conferences among the 299 baseball-playing schools in the 2018 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2017 had 13 different DI conferences rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to ncbwa.com.

Rk. School Conference Record Pvs.
1. Oregon State Pac-12 15-1 2
2. Florida SEC 15-3 1
3. Stanford Pac-12 14-2 6
4. Kentucky SEC 14-3 5
5. Texas Tech Big 12 15-2 3
6. Florida State ACC 14-2 4
7. Texas A&M SEC 16-1 8
8. Ole Miss SEC 15-1 9
9. Arkansas SEC 11-4 10
10. Clemson ACC 15-1 13
11. TCU Big 12 9-4 7
12. Louisville ACC 14-1 12
13. Auburn SEC 15-1 17
14. Vanderbilt SEC 12-4 14
15. Southern Miss Conference USA 11-4 16
16. UCLA Pac-12 10-4 11
17. Indiana Big Ten 11-4 15
18. East Carolina American Athletic 12-3 22
19. LSU SEC 11-6 19
20. N.C. State ACC 13-3 23
21. Mississippi State SEC 10-6 26
22. Virginia ACC 10-6 18
23. UCF American Athletic 13-3 29
24. Duke ACC 12-3 RV
25. UNLV Mountain West 15-2 RV
26. North Carolina ACC 8-7 21
27. Alabama SEC 13-3 RV
28. Stetson A-Sun 13-1 RV
29. Texas Big 12 9-7 20
30. Oregon Pac-12 11-4 RV
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arkansas State (7-5), Butler (12-2), California (11-4), Coastal Carolina (12-6), College of Charleston (13-3), Dallas Baptist (8-6), Florida Atlantic (11-4), Florida Gulf Coast University (13-2), Georgia (11-5), Gonzaga (9-5), Illinois (8-4), Jackson State (9-3), Kansas (11-4), Kansas State (10-5), Kent State (7-5), Louisiana Tech (12-5), Missouri (13-3), Missouri State (8-5), North Carolina Central (12-4), Northern Colorado (8-4), Oklahoma (10-7), Purdue (9-4), Saint John's (8-4), Saint Mary's College (9-5), Sam Houston State (12-4), San Diego State (10-5), South Alabama (9-7), South Carolina (11-5), UC Irvine (9-6), UNC Wilmington (11-4), USC (9-4), West Virginia (7-6), Wichita State (12-2).
Dropped out: Saint John's (24), Dallas Baptist (25), South Alabama (27), Coastal Carolina (28), Arkansas State (30).
By conference: SEC 10, ACC 7, Pac-12 4, Big 12 3, American Athletic 2, A-Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 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.

2018 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
• Preseason (Florida)
• Feb. 19 (Florida)
• Feb. 26 (Florida)
• March 5 (Florida)
• March 12 (Oregon State)
• March 19 (Oregon State)
• March 26 (Oregon State)
• April 2 (Florida)
• April 9 (Florida)
• April 16 (Florida)
• April 23 (Stanford)
• April 30 (Stanford)
• May 7 (Stanford)
• May 14 (Florida)
• May 21 (Oregon State)
• May 28 (Oregon State)
• June 5 (Oregon State)