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South Carolina Predicted To Win SEC By League Coaches

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South Carolina has been predicted to win the SEC Championship in the 2014 SEC Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll that was released on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  South Carolina received five first place votes to win the title as well as nine first place votes to win the Eastern Division.  The Gamecocks have won three league championships (2000, 2002, 2011), six Eastern Division titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012) and one SEC Tournament crown (2004) in school history.

Carolina has finished in the top three places of the SEC Eastern Division 17 of 22 seasons since joining the league.  The 2014 season begins on Friday, February 14 as the Gamecocks host a three-game series with Bucknell at Carolina Stadium.  The Gamecocks are nationally ranked as high as No. 7 in the country by Baseball America.

In addition to picking a preseason champion, the head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions.   Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

2014 SEC COACHES PRESEASON POLL RESULTS
Eastern Division        
Team                                     Pts.          
1) South Carolina (9)            86
2) Vanderbilt (5)        82                          
3)  Florida                              69
4)  Kentucky                     47
5)  Tennessee                    39
6)  Georgia                              38
7)  Missouri                             24

Western Division        
Team                                     Pts.       
1)  LSU (6)                      84          
2)  Miss. State (7)              83          
3)  Alabama                              58          
     Texas A&M (1)               58
5)  Arkansas                             44          
6)  Ole Miss                             35                          
7)  Auburn                               21          
 
 SEC Champion: South Carolina (5); LSU (4), Mississippi State (4); Vanderbilt (1)

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