Dec. 21, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - With opening day of the 2010 baseball season on the horizon, Florida State will start the year ranked No. 7 according to "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I pre-season baseball poll.
FSU returns 17 letterwinners from last year's squad that exceeded expectations serving as host to both the Regional and Super Regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Of this year's returning student-athletes, the Seminoles welcome back seven position starters and eight pitchers including all three arms from last year's weekend rotation.
In 2009, Florida State finished with an overall record of 45-18 and a 19-9 mark in league play en route to their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division Title.
The Seminoles are one of six ACC schools ranked in the top 16 including one of three ranked in the top 10.
The 2010 baseball season begins Friday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. with a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium against Georgia State.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
11. Rice (43-18) 473
21. Southern Miss. (40-26) 450
31. Georgia (38-24) 422
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Cal Poly, Arizona, Oregon, Long Beach St., California, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Baylor, Oklahoma St., Central Florida, Mississippi St., Alabama, Auburn, James Madison, Tulane, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico St., Ball St., Bowling Green St., Hawaii, Houston, Kent St., Missouri St., Creighton, Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Boston College, Illinois, Jacksonville, Washington, Southern Cal., Washington St., Troy, San Diego St., College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, St. John's, Wagner, New Mexico, Eastern Illinois, Kennesaw St., Florida International, West Virginia, Elon, Texas St., Southeastern Louisiana, Stetson, Oral Roberts, Winthrop, N.C. Wilmington, Georgia St., Dartmouth, Wright St., Bethune-Cookman, Liberty, Dayton, Rhode Island, Southern.