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2012 NCBWA Division 1 Poll

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 15th year with its 2012 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 20-June 27 following the 66th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at the new TD Ameritade Stadium.

To date, Florida, Florida State and two-time defending champ South Carolina have held the No. 1 NCBWA rankings in ’12. All eight NCAA Super Regional hosts were ranked among last week’s Top 30. The final NCBWA
poll of 2012 will be released after the June 25/26 NCAA DI Baseball championship round at the CWS.

The poll voters come from 42 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week’s poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 297 baseball-playing schools in the 2012 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 22 circuits or independents in the surveys this season. Last year there also were 16 different leagues (from 30 in NCAA Division I) among the Top 30 polls. For more NCAA postseason information and news, please go to www.NCBWA.com.

The 66th annual CWS opens Friday as Stony Brook meets UCLA at 4 p.m. (CDT); Game 2 at 8 p.m. pits Arizona against Florida State. Saturday’s first round contests are Game 3 at 4 p.m. when Kent State meets
Arkansas. Game 4 is slated for 8 p.m. between Florida and South Carolina (a rematch of the 2011 championship best 2-of-3 round). All 12-17 games, depending on the two-bracket, double elimination formats will be televised by the ESPN family of networks, and the championship round begins Sunday, June 24.

The Dick Howser Trophy committee will join the NCBWA and Easton Foundations on Friday, June15, at 11 a.m. (CDT) in announcing the 26th annual recipient of the Howser Trophy in the media room at T.D. Ameritrade Park. The NCBWA also will name its 2012 Division I Coach of the Year along with the ’12 Stopper of the Year. The College Baseball Foundation will denote its finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, Jon
Olerud Award and National Pitcher of Year during the media conference. Please contact the NCBWA for additional information or assistance.

This week’s poll has representation by 12 different conferences among the 297 baseball-playing schools in the 2012 NCAA Division I ranks, and there have been 22 circuits or independents in the surveys this season. Last year there also were 16 different leagues (from 30 in NCAA Division I) among the Top 30 polls.

Rank School Conference Overall Record Previous Rank
1 Florida Southeastern 47-18 1
2 Florida State Atlantic Coast 48-15 2
3 UCLA Pacific-12 47-14 4
4 South Carolina SEC 45-17 5
5 Arizona Pac-12 43-17 9
6 Arkansas SEC 44-20 10
7 Stony Brook America East 52-13 18
8 Baylor Big 12 49-17 3
9 Kent State Mid-American 46-18 22
10 LSU SEC 47-18 6
11 Oregon Pac-12 46-19 8
12 Stanford Pac-12 41-18 7
13 NC State ACC 43-20 11
14 Oklahoma Big 12 42-25 13
15 North Carolina ACC 46-16 12
16 TCU Mountain West 40-22 15
17 St. John’s Big East 40-23 20
18 Rice Conference USA 41-19 14
19 Texas A&M Big 12 43-18 16
20 Kentucky SEC 45-18 17
21 UCF C-USA 45-17 19
22 Oregon State Pac-12 40-20 21
23 Purdue Big Ten 45-14 23
24 Virginia ACC 39-19-1 24
25 Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-21 25
26 Arizona State Pac-12 36-20 26
27 Vanderbilt SEC 35-28 27
28 Louisville Big East 41-22 29
29 Utah Valley Great West 47-12 30
30 Mississippi State SEC 40-24 28

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Appalachian State (41-18), Army (41-15), Austin Peay (40-24), Cal Poly (36-20), Clemson (35-28), Dallas Baptist (41-19), Georgia Tech (38-26), Miami (26-23),
Ole Miss (37-26), Missouri State (40-22), New Mexico (37-24), Sam Houston State (40-22), Samford (41-23), San Diego (40-17).

Dropped Out: None

By conference: SEC 7, Pac-12 6, ACC 4, Big 12 3, Big East 2, C-USA 2, America East 1, Big Ten 1, BWC 1, GWC 1, MAC 1, MWC 1.