USC Gamecocks Baseball

Gamecocks picked by baseball coaches to win SEC

Joey Pankake
Joey Pankake dmclemore@thestate.com

South Carolina is predicted by a one-vote margin to win the 2014 SEC baseball championship, as voted by the league’s 14 baseball coaches in the 23rd annual preseason poll released Tuesday. The Gamecocks, ranked No. 7 in the Baseball America Preseason Top 25 and Perfect Game Preseason College Top 25, received five first-place votes to win the title. LSU and Mississippi State received four votes each in the overall vote. The Gamecocks have won three league championships (2000, 2002, 2011), six Eastern Division titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012) and one SEC Tournament crown (2004) in school history.

LSU has 15 SEC championships in its program’s history, while Mississippi State has 10, the last of which came in 1989. Vanderbilt also received one vote to win the league title. Since 1996, the SEC has named a regular season champion as well as a tournament champion. Prior to 1996, the tournament champion was considered the SEC Champion. The 2014 SEC regular season begins Friday, with the Gamecocks hosting Bucknell at 3 p.m. for Opening Day.

Eastern Division

Team -- Pts.

1. South Carolina (9) -- 86

2. Vanderbilt (5) -- 82

3. Florida -- 69

4. Kentucky -- 47

5. Tennessee -- 39

6. Georgia -- 38

7. Missouri -- 24

Western Division

Team -- Pts.

1. LSU (6) -- 84

2. Mississippi State (7) -- 83

3. Alabama -- 58

Texas A&M (1) -- 58

5. Arkansas -- 44

6. Ole Miss -- 35

7. Auburn -- 21

SEC champion: South Carolina (5); LSU (4), Mississippi State (4); Vanderbilt (1)

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