April 16, 2018
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FLORIDA 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 third-straight week Florida holds down the No. 1 spot in the poll, while the No. 2 and No. 3 teams flip, with Stanford jumping up to No. 2 and Arkansas coming in at No. 3.

The Gators remain No. 1 this week after going 4-0 last week, with a series sweep over SEC foe Missouri and a midweek win over rival Florida State.

Stanford jumps back up to No. 2 this week after going 4-0, including a series sweep over Pac-12 opponent Arizona State.

Arkansas slides back one this week to No. 3 after going 3-1 on the week, including a series win South Carolina.

Texas Tech stays put at No. 4 after a 3-1 week, including a series sweep of Kansas State.

North Carolina State slides up one to No. 5 after a series win over Notre Dame and a midweek victory over UNCW.

Duke joins the top 10 this week at No. 9 after sitting at No. 13 last week. The Blue Devils benefited from two wins over then-No. 10 Florida State, and were 3-1 overall on the week.

The other big mover into the top 10 this week was Indiana, who sits at No. 10, climbing two spots after a 4-0 week, including a sweep of Big Ten foe Northwestern.

Texas joins the top 25 this week, jumping up four spots to No. 23. Dallas Baptist and Connecticut moved into the top 30 at No. 28 and No. 29, respectively. Minnesota also jumped into the top 30 after not receiving votes previously.

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. Florida SEC 32-6 1
2. Stanford Pac-12 27-5 3
3. Arkansas SEC 27-10 2
4. Texas Tech Big 12 29-8 4
5. N.C. State ACC 28-7 6
6. Oregon State Pac-12 26-6 7
7. Kentucky SEC 25-11 9
8. Ole Miss SEC 29-8 5
9. Duke ACC 30-7 13
10. Indiana Big Ten 26-6 12
11. Vanderbilt SEC 22-14 16
12. UCLA Pac-12 22-9 15
13. East Carolina American Athletic 26-9 11
14. Texas A&M SEC 27-9 19
15. Southern Miss Conference USA 24-11 14
16. Clemson ACC 26-10 8
17. Florida State ACC 24-12 10
18. North Carolina ACC 24-12 23
19. LSU SEC 24-13 22
20. Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 26-12 21
21. Oklahoma Big 12 26-13 18
22. Georgia SEC 25-11 17
23. Texas Big 12 24-14 27
24. Wichita State American Athletic 24-9 20
25. Florida Atlantic Conference USA 26-9 26
26. Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley 29-5 30
27. Auburn SEC 25-12 25
28. Dallas Baptist Missouri Valley 23-10 RV
29. Connecticut American Athletic 19-11-1 RV
30. Minnesota Big Ten 23-10 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (22-12), Cal State Fullerton (17-17), California (21-12), College of Charleston (27-10), Florida Gulf Coast (25-9), Illinois (22-8), Iowa (17-11), Louisiana Tech (25-13), Louisville (24-11), Mercer (26-12), Michigan (21-10), Missouri (24-12), Missouri State (22-10), Northeastern (19-13), Ohio State (24-10), Oklahoma State (20-13-1), Saint John's (22-10), Sam Houston State (25-11), Samford (23-14), Stetson (28-8), TCU (18-13), UC Irvine (20-14), UCF (25-12), UNC Greensboro (26-9), UNLV (26-12), USF (23-13).
Dropped out: Missouri State (24), Missouri (28), Louisiana Tech (29).
By conference: SEC 9, ACC 5, American Athletic 3, Big 12 3, Pac-12 3, Big Ten 2, Conference USA 2, Missouri Valley 1, Ohio Valley 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)
June 29 (Oregon State)