January 27, 2009 - by
Florida State Favored To Win ACC Atlantic Division in 2009

Jan. 27, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second year in a row, the Florida State baseball team is favored to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division title as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. The Seminoles garnered 67 points including eight first place votes. Since the league’s inception of divisional play in 2006, the Seminoles have captured two Atlantic Division crowns including back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008.

The Seminoles return five position starters and eight pitchers who saw action off the mound in 2008 including a trio of starting pitchers in senior Bo O’Dell and sophomores Geoff Parker and Mike McGee. In all, the Seminoles welcome back 18 of 28 letterwinners for the upcoming season.

“The fact that we won the division last year was a great accomplishment, but of course that was a different ball club,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I’m anxious to see how this team plays in a very difficult conference. Let’s face it, you just will not see three teams (Florida State, North Carolina and Miami), one, two, three in the nation, as we had last year.”

North Carolina received the nod as preseason favorites to win the ACC as well as capturing the Coastal Division. The Tar Heels tallied 72 points with 12 first-place votes to win the Coastal while receiving 10 of 12 votes to win the overall league title.

2009 marks the fourth year of divisional play in the ACC, as both the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions have produced two different winners. Florida State (2007 & 2008) and Clemson (2006) have shared the Atlantic title, while North Carolina (2006 & 2007) won the first two Coastal Division crowns before Miami dethroned the Tar Heels in 2008. The Seminoles were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division in 2007.

Below is a listing of the preseason coaches’ poll by divisions with 2008 records.

ACC Overall Champion:
North Carolina – 10; Clemson – 1; No Vote – 1

Atlantic Division
School, Points, Record
1. Florida State (8), 67, 54-14, 24-6 ACC
2. Clemson (4), 61, 31-27, 11-18 ACC
3. NC State, 50, 42-22, 18-11 ACC
4. Wake Forest, 33, 25-31, 13-16 ACC
5. Boston College, 25, 26-27, 9-21 ACC
6. Maryland, 16, 30-26, 9-21 ACC

Coastal Division
School, Points, Record
1. North Carolina (12), 72, 54-14, 22-7 ACC
2. Georgia Tech, 56, 41-21, 16-14 ACC
3. Miami, 49, 53-11, 23-5 ACC
4. Virginia, 34, 39-23, 15-15 ACC
5. Duke, 24, 37-18, 10-18 ACC
6. Virginia Tech, 17, 23-31, 6-24 ACC
(#) denotes first place divisional votes


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