March 19, 2018
For Immediate Release
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Arkansas jumps five spots to No. 4
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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. For the second-straight week the Pac-12 holds down two of the top three spots, with No. 1 Oregon State and Stanford at No. 3. However, the SEC has six of the top 10 positions, led by No. 2 Florida.

Oregon State remains No. 1 after sweeping California to open up Pac-12 play last weekend. The Beavers are now 18-1 on the season.

The Gators stay put at No. 2 after going 3-1 with a midweek win over Florida State and a series win over South Carolina.

Stanford was idle last week due to finals and remain at No. 3 in the rankings, 14-2 on the season. The Cardinal opens up Pac-12 play this weekend against USC.

Arkansas and Ole Miss jump up into the top five from No. 9 and 8, respectively. The Razorbacks were an impressive 5-0 last week, with two midweek victories over Texas and a series sweep over last week’s No. 4-ranked team, Kentucky. Ole Miss was 4-1 last week, including a series win over Tennessee.

Florida State stayed put at No. 6 after a series win over Notre Dame on the weekend.

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

Auburn and Vanderbilt moved into the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Auburn went 5-1 last week, including a series victory over Texas A&M. The Commodores jump up to No. 8 after a series win on the road at Mississippi State.

The highest mover of the week was North Carolina State, who jumped up seven spots to No. 13 after going 5-0 last week, including a sweep of Clemson.

Newcomers into the rankings this week include Sam Houston State at No. 25, Wichita State at No. 28 and Coastal Carolina 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 18-1 1
2. Florida SEC 18-4 2
3. Stanford Pac-12 14-2 3
4. Arkansas SEC 16-4 9
5. Ole Miss SEC 19-2 8
6. Florida State ACC 16-4 6
7. Auburn SEC 19-2 13
8. Vanderbilt SEC 15-5 14
9. Kentucky SEC 14-6 4
10. Texas Tech Big 12 17-5 5
11. Texas A&M SEC 17-4 7
12. UCLA Pac-12 13-4 16
13. N.C. State ACC 18-3 20
14. Southern Miss Conference USA 14-4 15
15. Indiana Big Ten 15-4 17
16. Clemson ACC 16-4 10
17. Louisville ACC 16-4 12
18. East Carolina American Athletic 16-4 18
19. Duke ACC 16-4 24
20. LSU SEC 14-7 19
21. TCU Big 12 10-7 11
22. UCF American Athletic 17-4 23
23. Virginia ACC 13-7 22
24. UNLV Mountain West 18-3 25
25. Sam Houston State Southland 16-4 RV
26. Stetson A-Sun 17-3 28
27. North Carolina ACC 12-8 26
28. Wichita State American Athletic 13-4 RV
29. Alabama SEC 16-5 27
30. Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 15-7 RV
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona State (11-9), Butler (15-3), California (12-7), Charleston (15-6), Dallas Baptist (11-7), Florida Atlantic (15-5), FGCU (14-5), Georgia (14-6), Hawaii (12-6), Illinois (11-5), Jackson State (11-6), Louisiana (8-11), Louisiana Tech (15-6), Mercer (16-5), Mississippi State (10-10), Missouri (15-5), Missouri State (11-6), North Carolina Central (14-7), Northern Colorado (12-6), Ohio State (14-6), Oklahoma (14-8), Oregon (12-7), San Diego State (13-6), Santa Clara (13-5), South Alabama (11-9), South Florida (15-6), Southeastern Louisiana (16-6), Texas (12-9), Texas State (13-4-1), UNCG (14-5), UNCW (14-6), USC (11-5), Wake Forest (9-11), Washington (10-8).
Dropped out: Mississippi State (21), Texas (29), Oregon (30).
By conference: SEC 9, ACC 7, American Athletic 3, Pac-12 3, Big 12 2, A-Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 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.

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)