South Carolina was selected to finish in fourth place in the Eastern Division in the 2009 SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released today.
Carolina has finished in the upper half of the SEC Eastern Division 12 of 17 seasons since joining the league including nine of 12 years under head coach Ray Tanner.
The 2009 season begins on Saturday, Feb. 21 as the Gamecocks host a three-game series with Duquesne at Carolina Stadium. The opening weekend marks the first three games at South Carolina's new baseball facility.
LSU is the choice to win the 2009 SEC championship with 10 of 11 votes from the head coaches with Georgia selected to win the SEC East as well. 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 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
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2009 SEC COACHES PRESEASON POLL RESULTS
1. Georgia (10) 62
2. Florida (2) 52
3. Vanderbilt 40
4. S. Carolina 37
5. Tennessee 28
6. Kentucky 27
1. LSU (10) 65
2. Ole Miss (2) 54
3. Alabama 44
4. Arkansas 38
5. Auburn 28
6. Miss. State 18
SEC Champion: LSU - (Voting Totals: LSU 10, Ole Miss 1, Georgia 1)
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