Jan. 27, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – If the Florida State baseball team wants to capture their sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division title in 2012 they will have to do so as the underdog. For the second year in a row, the Seminoles are tabbed to finish second in the ACC Atlantic Division as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.
Florida State tallied 64 total points and received five first-place votes to win the Atlantic Division. Clemson received the nod as the favorite to win the division with 67 total points and seven first-place votes.
North Carolina was selected to win the Coastal Division and the outright league title. The Tar Heels were named by seven coaches as this year’s ACC team to beat, while Georgia Tech received four first-place votes and Florida State one.
Since the league moved to divisional play in 2006, Florida State has either won the title outright or claimed a share of the top spot the last five years (2007-11). The Seminoles have averaged over 20 league wins over the last six years claiming the best record in the ACC in 2007 and 2009. FSU has also played in three straight ACC Championship games defeating NC State for the league title in Greensboro, N.C. in 2010.
2012 ACC BASEBALL COACHES PRESEAON POLL
OVERALL CHAMPION: North Carolina (7)
Also receiving votes: Georgia Tech (4), Florida State (1)
Team (#), Points
Clemson (7), 67
Florida State (5), 64
NC State, 46
Wake Forest, 34
Boston College, 14
Team (#), Points
North Carolina (7), 63
Georgia Tech (4), 57
Miami (1), 47
Virginia Tech, 20
(Six points were awarded for each first-place vote, five points for each second-place vote, etc.; first place votes are indicated in parenthesis)
FSU Ranked No. 9 By USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll
Florida State earned its highest ranking of the preseason at No. 9 courtesy of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll. The Seminoles were one of six ACC teams ranked in the top 25 and one of three in the top 10 sandwiched between North Carolina (No. 4) and Georgia Tech (No. 10). Miami checked in at No. 13, while defending ACC champion Virginia placed 17th and Clemson 23rd.
FSU is scheduled to face five teams ranked in the preseason top 25 including three games against top-ranked Florida. The Seminoles and Gators will face-off in a home-and-home mid-week game and a third meeting at the Baseball Grounds in Jacksonville on March 27.