May 14, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bo Carter
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After three weeks, Gators return to top spot
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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. After a three-week absence, Florida has moved back into the No. 1 spot. Oregon State moved up to No. 2 and Stanford fell to No. 3.

The Gators, ranked No. 1 for the third different time and eighth week total this season, are coming off a 3-1 showing last week against ranked opponents that included an SEC series win over then-No. 15 Georgia.

Oregon State won two-of-three games over Stanford in Corvallis to move up to No. 2. The Beavers wins on Friday and Saturday marked the first time all season that the Cardinal had lost back to back games.

Teams ranked No. 1 this year have been Florida (preseason-March 5, April 2-16, May 14), Oregon State (March 12-26) and Stanford (April 23-current).

NC State and Arkansas each moved up one spot this week to round out the top five. Duke and East Carolina join the top 10 this week.

This week’s biggest mover was Stetson, who jumped up eight spots to No. 15 after sitting at No. 23 last week.

Houston, Florida Atlantic and South Carolina join the top 30 this week after previously receiving votes. They sit at No. 24, 28 and 29, respectively.

The 2018 poll voters come from among 35 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current survey has representation by 15 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 41-12 2
2. Oregon State Pac-12 38-8-1 3
3. Stanford Pac-12 39-8 1
4. N.C. State ACC 39-12 5
5. Arkansas SEC 36-15 6
6. Ole Miss SEC 39-13 8
7. Clemson ACC 39-13 7
8. North Carolina ACC 34-16 4
9. Duke ACC 38-12 11
10. East Carolina American Athletic 37-13 13
11. Florida State ACC 37-16 14
12. Minnesota Big Ten 33-13 16
13. Southern Miss Conference USA 36-14 9
14. Texas Tech Big 12 35-15 10
15. Stetson A-Sun 40-11 23
16. Georgia SEC 35-16 15
16. Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley 44-6 19
18. Texas Big 12 33-18 17
19. UCLA Pac-12 31-16 11
20. Kentucky SEC 33-18 18
21. Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 36-16 21
22. Connecticut American Athletic 30-16-1 22
23. Auburn SEC 35-17 19
24. Houston American Athletic 31-20 RV
25. Oklahoma State Big 12 29-19-1 25
26. Louisville ACC 37-15 28
27. Texas A&M SEC 34-17 24
28. Florida Atlantic Conference USA 34-15-1 RV
t29. Saint John's Big East 34-12 30
t29. South Carolina SEC 30-21 RV
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Baylor (30-18), Cal State Fullerton (27-21), California (29-19), Dallas Baptist (35-15), Florida Gulf Coast (31-19), Fresno State (28-23), Indiana (33-15), Jackson State (29-15), Jacksonville (34-17), Louisiana Tech (35-18), LSU (31-21), Michigan (32-15), Missouri State (33-14), New Mexico State (33-18), Oklahoma (33-19), Pepperdine (28-19), Sam Houston State (35-17), San Diego State (35-17), Stony Brook (28-21), TCU (29-19), Troy (35-17), UC Irvine (29-20), UNC Greensboro (37-12), USF (30-17-1), Washington (25-21), Wichita State (32-17-1).
Dropped out: South Florida (26), Indiana (27), Oklahoma (29).
By conference: SEC 8, ACC 6, American Athletic 3, Big 12 3, Pac-12 3, Conference USA 2, A-Sun 1, Big East 1, Big Ten 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)