Feb. 1, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - No. 25/24 Florida State softball has been picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference according to the league's preseason coaches' poll announced on Friday.
The Seminoles garnered 44 points and three first-place votes from the league's coaches. Conference favorite North Carolina was chosen to win the ACC after receiving 45 points overall and four first-place votes. The Tar Heels join the Seminoles as the two ACC teams ranked in both preseason national polls.
Georgia Tech, which won the conference tournament title last year, picked up the remaining first place vote and tallied 38 points. Rounding out the preseason predictions were Virginia Tech with 31 points, Virginia with 23 points, NC State with 20 points, Maryland with 14 points, and Boston College with nine points.
Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech all represented the conference in the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship.
The Seminoles were predicted to finish third in 2012 and wound up placing second in the regular season. Florida State actually had three more conference victories than the regular-season champion Tar Heels last season, but because UNC had four game cancellations their 13-4 league record held a slightly better winning percentage than Florida State's 16-5 mark.
In 2011, Florida State was predicted to finish second yet won its 11th ACC title after defeating North Carolina, 4-1, in Atlanta. The 2010 poll forecasted Florida State and Georgia Tech as the co-conference champions, while the Seminoles were predicted to finish fifth in 2009 before going 44-16 overall and 17-4 within the conference.
Florida State begins its 2013 campaign by hosting Florida A&M as part of the Panhandle Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
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