Jan. 28, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – If Florida State is going to win a fifth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division baseball title, it will do so as the underdog.
Clemson is favored to win both the division and the outright title, based on the results of the 2011 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll, released today by the league office. The Tigers received eight of 12 first place votes – four more than the Seminoles – to get the divisional nod. They were also selected on seven ballots as the favorite to win the overall championship.
Florida State, which captured its fifth ACC championship in 2010, was the choice of three coaches to successfully defend its title.
“When you’re picked to do something it’s never been anything to me but excitement for the fans,” said FSU coach Mike Martin. “As a coach, I just don’t look at that as important. To me, it’s like a guy going into a golf tournament predicted to win. You’ve got to go out and play. That’s what we have to do. We have to go out on an everyday basis and prove ourselves. In 30 games, it’s very hard to predict in the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
Virginia was the runaway choice to win the Coastal Division, receiving nine of 12 votes. The Cavaliers also finished with two votes as the overall champion.
The Seminoles captured last season’s Atlantic Division after finishing 18-12 in league play; the same as the Tigers. FSU prevailed on the strength of tie-breaker, despite being swept at Clemson in the regular season’s final series. Despite losing to Miami in the opening round of the ACC Tournament, Martin’s club rebounded with three consecutive wins to capture its first outright league title since 2004.
Teams were awarded six points for each first-place vote, five points for each second-place vote, etc., in determining the predicted order of finish for each division.
Florida State joined Clemson in the 2010 College World Series. The ACC boasted a conference-record eight teams in the NCAA field, with Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech joining the Seminoles and Tigers.
Clemson (8) 68
Florida St.(4) 64
NC State 46
Boston College 26
Wake Forest 21
Virginia (9) 69
Ga. Tech (2) 56
Miami (1) 48
North Carolina 40
Virginia Tech 25
OVERALL CHAMPION: Clemson (7)
Also receiving votes: Florida State (3), Virginia (2)