Jan. 21, 2005
Greensboro, NC – The reigning ACC Champion Florida State Seminoles were pegged to finish fourth in the 2005 ACC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll released today by the conference office. ACC newcomer Miami was picked first garnering eight of the 11 first place votes. North Carolina received the other three first place votes and finished second. Georgia Tech placed third, finishing just four points ahead of Florida State.
Last season, FSU was predicted to finish second by the league’s coaches and ended up winning the school’s fourth crown. The Tribe has won 10 regular season and conference tournament titles since joining the league in 1992, which is double the amount of any other ACC squad over that time frame.
“With the teams we have added, I don’t know how the ACC is not right up at the top with the Big 12 and SEC,” said head coach Mike Martin. “I know the quality of baseball that is played throughout the country and I know the ACC is as strong as any in the country. That is the goal of all our coaches. We want to make the conference number one in the nation.”
Florida State opens the season January 28 at home versus Charleston Southern and as many as seven starters will have one year or less of Division I baseball experience. Twenty-six of the 34 players on the 2005 roster have one year of experience or less at Florida State. This is the youngest squad Martin has led in his 26-years at the helm.
“The first thing we will need to do with this team is be patient,” said Martin. “We could be starting freshmen up the middle and have as many as four freshmen in the line-up at one time plus a starting third baseman who is a sophomore but playing at FSU for the first time but there are a lot of intangibles with this ball club that I feel good about. Only experience will help this team right now. We have to get out there and play and well start doing that next week.”
NOTES: The Seminole Baseball team will take part in fan day this Saturday at 12:00. The team and coaches will sign autographs at Dick Howser stadium and a full squad scrimmage will follow. The event is free and posters and schedule cards will be given out to fans…the Seminoles were ranked 19th in the first Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll of the season…Ryne Malone and Aaron Cheesman were named to sebaseball.com’s All-State preseason team. The baseball website also named Bryan Henry, Ryne Jernigan and Tony Thomas as Top ACC newcomers. In the site’s ACC baseball preview, Ryne Malone and Aaron Cheesman were named first team All-ACC while Hunter Jones was named to the preseason second team.
School Points 2004 Record
1. Miami (8) 118 50-13
2. North Carolina (3)110 43-21, 14-10 ACC
3. Georgia Tech 93 44-21, 18-5 ACC
4. Florida State 89 45-23, 16-8 ACC
5. Clemson 80 39-26, 14-10 ACC
6. Virginia 63 44-15, 18-6 ACC
7. NC State 55 36-24, 11-12 ACC
8. Wake Forest 34 17-33, 4-20 ACC
9. Maryland 30 22-34, 4-20 ACC
10. Duke 27 25-31, 8-16 ACC
Virginia Tech 27 29-27, 11-15 BIG EAST