Jan. 29, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State baseball was picked to finish second in the ACC during the 2004 season by the conference coaches, as released by the conference on Thursday. The Atlantic Coast Conference’s nine head coaches selected Georgia Tech as the top pick to win the conference championship with six first place votes and a total of 77 points. The Yellow Jackets return eight of nine position starters and a total of 20 letterwinners from a 2003 squad that captured the ACC Championship and finished the season with a 44-18 record, including a 17-7 league mark and a trip to the NCAA Baseball Championship.
On the toes of the Yellow Jackets is Florida State who finished second with 61 points and a first place vote after finishing the 2003 season as the ACC regular-season Champions. The Seminoles have won three straight ACC regular season titles.
Clemson finishes in third place tallying 60 points and one first place vote. The Tigers finished last season with a 39-22 overall record and were the fourth seed at the ACC Tournament with a 15-9 conference record.
The North Carolina Tar Heels fill the fourth place slot with 58 points, while NC State placed fifth in the balloting with 52 points. The Wolfpack was followed by Wake Forest who finished with 36 points and then Virginia with 28 points. Duke was selected to finish eighth with 17 points and Maryland ninth with 16 points.
2004 ACC Coaches Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
School Points 2003 Record 1. Georgia Tech (6) 77 44-18, 17-7 ACC 2. Florida State (1) 61 54-13-1, 19-5 ACC 3. Clemson (1) 60 39-22, 15-9 ACC 4. North Carolina 58 42-23, 13-11 ACC 5. NC State 52 45-18, 15-9 ACC 6. Wake Forest (1) 36 29-24, 8-15 ACC 7. Virginia 28 29-25, 11-12 ACC 8. Duke 17 18-36, 2-21 ACC 9. Maryland 16 20-33, 6-17 ACC
(#) denotes first place votes