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Noles Favored to Win ACC Atlantic Division
Senior captain Justin Gonzalez is back for his final season and is looking to get Florida State back to Omaha in 2014.


Senior captain Justin Gonzalez is back for his final season and is looking to get Florida State back to Omaha in 2014.

Jan. 24, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division as voted on by the league's 14 head coaches and announced by the conference office Friday morning.

The Seminoles, who have claimed at least a share of the division title in each of the last seven seasons, received nine of a possible 14 first-place votes while totaling 93 total points. NC State (88 points) registered the other five first-place votes and placed second just five points behind FSU.

"We are very proud to be viewed by others in this way, but we also know that the season has not started yet and there is still a lot of baseball to be played," head coach Mike Martin said.

Virginia was selected as the overall favorite to win the league championship as the Cavaliers were named by 10 coaches as this year's team to beat, while Florida State received four first-place votes. The last ACC Championship for FSU came in 2010 when the Seminoles defeated NC State in Greensboro, N.C.

UVa was also the favorite to win the Coastal Division earning 12 first-place votes. Defending ACC champion North Carolina received two first-place votes. The Cavaliers totaled 96 points in the voting and were followed by North Carolina (84), Miami (66), Georgia Tech (57), Duke (36), Virginia Tech (35), and Pitt (18).

Rounding out the projected finish in the Atlantic Division was Clemson (70) in third followed by Maryland (48), Notre Dame (40), Wake Forest (36), and Boston College (17).

"It seems that every year I speak of the strength of our league," added Martin. "But never more than this year because there are literally eight teams that could make it to Omaha. We know it's going to be a very challenging year but it should be a great one for the fans to enjoy."

Since the move to divisional play in 2006, FSU has captured at least a share of the division title in seven of the eight years. Florida State has won the division title outright six times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013), while sharing the title with Clemson in 2010.

The Seminoles finished the 2013 season at 20-10 reaching 20 wins in league play for the sixth time since joining the ACC in 1992.

Florida State hits the diamond on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium for its first official day of practice Friday afternoon.

The Seminoles open the 2014 season at home on Friday, February 14 with a three-game series against Niagara.

2014 ACC BASEBALL COACHES PRESEASON POLL
OVERALL CHAMPION: Virginia (10)
Also receiving votes: Florida State (4)

ATLANTIC DIVISION
Team (#), Points
1. Florida State (9), 93
2. NC State (5), 88
3. Clemson, 70
4. Maryland, 48
5. Notre Dame, 40
6. Wake Forest, 36
7. Boston College, 17

COASTAL DIVISION
Team (#), Points
1. Virginia (12), 96
2. North Carolina (2), 84
3. Miami, 66
4. Georgia Tech, 57
5. Duke, 36
6. Virginia Tech, 35
7. Pitt, 18

(#) indicates first place votes

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