UF baseball predicted for 3rd in East

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.

Florida was predicted to finish in third place in the Eastern Division, as voted by the league’s 14 baseball coaches in the 23rd preseason SEC poll released Tuesday.

Under the direction of seventh-year head coach Kevin O'Sullivan, the Gators return 18 letterwinners from last season's squad which advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the sixth-straight year and welcomed the nation’s top recruiting class according to Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game.

In addition to picking a preseason SEC Champion, the league’s head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions. In the Eastern Division, South Carolina was the favorite with 86 of a possible 91 points. Vanderbilt came in second with 82 points, with the Gators in third with 69 points. LSU received 84 points in the West, Mississippi State was second with 83, while Alabama and Texas A&M tied for third with 58.

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. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.

The Gators will raise the curtain on their campaign on Friday at 7 p.m. vs. Maryland at McKethan Stadium. Season-ticket information is available by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR or by visiting www.GatorZone.com/tickets.Game Saturday is schedule for 4 p.m. and Sunday's series closer is set for a noon start.

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