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Tuesday February 11, 2014UF Baseball Selected To Finish Third In Eastern Division By SEC Coaches

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The University of Florida was predicted to finish in third place in the Eastern Division, as voted by the league’s 14 baseball coaches in the 23rd annual preseason SEC poll released on Tuesday.

 

Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Kevin O'Sullivan, the Gators return 18 letterwinners from last season's squad which advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth-straight year and welcomed the nation’s top recruiting class according to Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

 

Since 1996, the SEC has named a regular-season champion as well as a tournament champion. Prior to 1996, the tournament champion was considered the SEC Champion.

 

In addition to picking a preseason SEC Champion, the league’s head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions. In the Eastern Division, South Carolina was the favorite with 86 of a possible 91 points. Vanderbilt came in second with 82 points, with the Gators in third with 69 points. LSU received 84 points in the West, Mississippi State was second with 83, while Alabama and Texas A&M tied for third with 58.

 

Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

 

The Gators will raise the curtain on their campaign on Friday at 7 p.m. versus Maryland at McKethan Stadium. Season-ticket information is available by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR or by visiting www.GatorZone.com/tickets.

 

The 2014 SEC regular season begins Friday with conference play set to begin Friday, March 14. The SEC Tournament will be played at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala., from May 20-25. The 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament drew over 134,000 fans, a new record-high for the event. Eight times in the last 11 years the tournament has surpassed the six-digit mark in total attendance.

 

2014 SEC Baseball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Eastern Division

No.

Team

Pts.

2013 SEC Record/Finish

1.

South Carolina (9)

86

17-12/2nd

2.

Vanderbilt (5)

82

26-3/1st

3.

FLORIDA

69

14-16/3rd

4.

Kentucky

47

11-19/4th

5.

Tennessee

39

8-20/6th

6.

Georgia

38

7-20/7th

7.

Missouri

24

10-20/5th

 

Western Division

No.

Team

Pts.

2013 SEC Record/Finish

1.

LSU (6)

84

23-7/1st

2.

Mississippi State (7)

83

16-14/3rd

3t.

Alabama

58

14-15/5th

3t.

Texas A&M (1)

58

13-16/6th

5.

Arkansas

44

18-11/2nd

6.

Ole Miss

35

15-15/4th

7.

Auburn

21

13-17/7th

 

SEC Champion: South Carolina (5), LSU (4), Mississippi State (4), Vanderbilt (1)

 

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