NCBWA Releases Feb. 18 Division I Poll – North Carolina Moves to Number One

DALLAS – North Carolina has moved into the top spot in the latest (Feb. 18) National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I poll.  The Tar Heels were 2-0 last week and moved up one spot, replacing preseason No. 1 Arkansas.

The NCBWA continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls with its 2013 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue through June 11, with the final poll following the 67th annual 2013 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at three-year-old TD Ameritrade Park.  The poll voters come from 51 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by seven different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The polls of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Current Rank, School Name               Conference                    Record      Last Week  Previous Rank

1         North Carolina         Atlantic Coast                     2-0              2-0              2

2         LSU                         Southeastern                       3-0              3-0              3

3         Arkansas                 Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              1

4         Vanderbilt                Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              4

5         Oregon                    Pacific-12                           3-0              3-0              8

6         UCLA                       Pacific-12                           2-1              2-1              5

7         South Carolina         Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              6

8         Oregon State            Pacific-12                           3-0              3-0              10

9         Florida State             Atlantic Coast                     3-0              3-0              11

10       Arizona                     Pacific-12                           3-0              3-0              14

11       Kentucky                 Southeastern                       2-0              2-0              12

12       Rice                         Conference USA                 2-1              2-1              18

13       Mississippi State      Southeastern                       4-0              4-0              16

14       Stanford                   Pacific-12                           1-2              1-2              7

15       Oklahoma                Big 12                                 4-0              4-0              17

16       NC State                 Atlantic Coast                     0-1              0-1              9

17       Florida                    Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              15

18       Mississippi              Southeastern                       3-0              3-0              25

19       Cal State Fullerton  Big West                             4-0              4-0              23

20       Georgia Tech          Atlantic Coast                     3-0              3-0              21

21       Louisville                 Big East                             2-1              2-1              19

22       Arizona State           Pacific-12                           2-1              2-1              22

23       Miami, Florida          Atlantic Coast                     3-0              3-0              29

24       TCU                          Big 12                                 0-3              0-3              13

25       Virginia                     Atlantic Coast                     2-0              2-0              30

26       Texas A&M               Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              24

27       UC Irvine                  Big West                             3-0              3-0              23

28       Southern Miss          Conference USA                 3-0              3-0              32

29       Texas                       Big 12                                 2-1              2-1              26

30       Clemson                   Atlantic Coast                     2-1              2-1              28

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Appalachian State (1-0), Baylor (0-3), Cal Poly (3-0), California (3-0), Coastal Carolina (2-0), Creighton (3-0), Florida Atlantic (3-0), FIU (3-0), Georgia Southern (2-1), Mercer (3-0), New Mexico (1-2), Notre Dame (2-1), Oklahoma State (2-1), Pepperdine (4-0), Pittsburgh (3-0), Sam Houston State (1-2), San Diego (0-3), San Diego State (3-0), South Carolina-Upstate (1-0), Southeastern Louisiana (3-0), Saint Louis (2-1), Texas Tech (4-0), Tulane (2-1), UT Arlington (3-0), Virginia Tech (4-0).

Dropped Out: San Diego (20), Baylor (27)

By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 7, Pacific-12 6, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2, Big West 2, Big East 1

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