The Sam Houston State baseball team is receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason poll.

The poll is headlined by a No. 1 ranking for Arkansas. The Razorbacks knocked the Bearkats out of the 2012 NCAA Houston Regional on their way to a third place finish in the College World Series.

The Bearkat baseball team rolled up a Southland record-tying 24 league victories to earn their first conference regular season title since 1989. Putting together a 40-victory season, Sam Houston ended the year by earning an at-large berth in the Houston regional.

SHSU is joined by Southland opponent Southeastern Louisiana who finished second in the league in 2012. League newcomer Oral Roberts is also receiving votes.

The NCBWA continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls with its 2013 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will resume from Feb. 18-June 27 with the finale following the 67th annual 2013 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at three-year-old TD Ameritrade Park. This preseason poll has representation by 11 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.

Rank-School-2012 Record-Final '12 Ranking

1 Arkansas Southeastern 46-22 3

2 North Carolina Atlantic Coast 46-16 15

3 LSU SEC 47-18 10

4 Vanderbilt SEC 35-28 27

5 UCLA Pacific-12 48-16 5

6 South Carolina SEC 49-20 2

7 Stanford Pac-12 41-18 12

8 Oregon Pac-12 46-19 11

9 NC State ACC 43-20 13

10 Oregon State Pac-12 40-20 22

11 Florida State ACC 50-17 4

12 Kentucky SEC 45-18 20

13 TCU Big 12 40-22 16

14 Arizona Pac-12 48-17 1

15 Florida SEC 47-20 6

16 Mississippi State SEC 40-24 30

17 Oklahoma Big 12 42-25 14

18 Rice Conference USA 41-19 18

19 Louisville Big East 41-22 28

20 San Diego West Coast 40-17 NR

21 Georgia Tech ACC 38-26 NR

22 Arizona State Pac-12 36-20 26

23 Cal State Fullerton Big West 36-21 25

24 Texas A&M SEC 43-18 19

25 Ole Miss SEC 37-26 NR

26 Texas Big 12 30-22 NR

27 Baylor Big 12 49-17 9

28 Clemson ACC 35-28 NR

29 Miami (Fla.) ACC 36-23 NR

30 Virginia ACC 39-19-1 24

31 Kent State Mid-American 47-20 7

32 Southern Miss C-USA 32-24 NR

33 UC Irvine Big West 31-25 NR

34 New Mexico Mountain West 37-24 NR

35 Coastal Carolina Big South 42-19 NR

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Army (41-15), Bryant (33-21), Cal Poly (36-20), College of Charleston (38-22), Dallas Baptist (41-19), East Carolina (36-24-1), Florida Atlantic (32-22), FIU (31-26), Georgia (31-26), Gonzaga (34-22), Indiana State (41-19), Long Beach State (28-27), Mercer (38-21), Missouri State (40-22), New Mexico State (35-24), Notre Dame (31-27), Oklahoma State (32-25), Oral Roberts (38-25), Pepperdine (36-23), Purdue (45-14), Sam Houston State (40-22), San Francisco (29-30), South Carolina-Upstate (33-20), South Florida (38-22), Southeastern Louisiana (39-21), St. John's (40-23), Stony Brook (52-15), Texas State (32-24), Texas Tech (29-26), Tulane (38-20), UCF (45-17), UNC Wilmington (39-23), UT Arlington (36-25), Utah Valley (47-12), Washington (30-25), Wichita State (35-25).