March 18, 2019
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Mississippi State moves up to No. 2
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UCLA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL

DALLAS (NCBWA) The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 22nd year with its 2019 weekly surveys and there is a new No. 1 this week as UCLA takes over the top spot, becoming the third team to be ranked No. 1 so far this season.

The Bruins take over at No. 1 after taking two-of-three from then-No. 2 Oregon State over the weekend. Mississippi State jumps up to No. 2 after taking two-of-three from Florida and Stanford, who was idle last week, rounds out the top three.

The Pac-12 received all the first-place votes in the poll this week, with UCLA garnering 20, Oregon State getting two and Arizona State receiving one.

Overall, there are three Pac-12 schools in the top 10, with all three in the top five, along with five SEC programs and two ACC schools.

The biggest riser this week was Arizona State, jumping up eight spots to No. 12 as they remain the only undefeated team in the country. NC State, also jumped up eight after a 4-1 week now sits at No. 10, while Arkansas jumped up five to No. 8.

The 2019 poll voters come from among 35 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. After a preseason Top 40 listing, the remainder of the polls feature a national Top 30.

This week's current survey has representation by eight different conferences among the 299 baseball-playing schools in the 2019 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2018 had 15 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. UCLA Pac-12 14-4 4
2. Mississippi State SEC 18-2 5
3. Stanford Pac-12 12-3 3
4. Oregon State Pac-12 14-3-1 2
5. Vanderbilt SEC 15-5 1
6. Georgia SEC 18-2 9
7. Louisville ACC 16-4 11
8. Arkansas SEC 17-2 13
9. LSU SEC 15-5 10
10. N.C. State ACC 19-1 18
11. Texas Big 12 15-7 15
12. Arizona State Pac-12 19-0 20
13. Texas Tech Big 12 12-5 8
14. Auburn SEC 18-2 17
15. North Carolina ACC 16-5 14
16. Florida SEC 15-7 6
17. Florida State ACC 14-4 7
18. Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 16-4-1 16
19. Texas A&M SEC 17-5 22
20. Ole Miss SEC 14-6 12
21. East Carolina American Athletic 15-6 19
22. Michigan Big Ten 13-4 26
23. UC Irvine Big West 12-4 27
24. TCU Big 12 12-6 25
25. Clemson ACC 14-5 21
26. Oklahoma Big 12 16-4 -
27. Tennessee SEC 17-4 23
28. UC Santa Barbara Big West 14-3 -
29. Baylor Big 12 13-5 28
30. Illinois Big Ten 13-3 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (17-4), Arizona (12-7), Dallas Baptist (14-5), Duke (12-8), Florida Atlantic (14-7), Illinois State (12-6), Indiana State (16-1), Marshall (12-6), Miami (FL) (15-5), Miami (Ohio) (15-3), Oklahoma State (12-6), Oregon (11-7), Saint Mary's College (13-6), South Carolina (14-6), Southern Miss (11-6), UCF (14-6), Virginia Tech (13-6), Washington (11-5).
Dropped out: South Carolina (24), Miami, Fla. (29), Oregon (30).
By conference: SEC 10, ACC 5, Big 12 5, Pac-12 4, Big Ten 2, Big West 2, American Athletic 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.

2019 NCBWA Polls (No. 1 Team):
Preseason (Vanderbilt)
Feb. 18 (LSU)
Feb. 25 (LSU)
March 4 (Vanderbilt)
March 11 (Vanderbilt)
March 18 (UCLA)