Coaches pick Gamecocks to finish 3rd

Southeastern Conference baseball coaches have picked the Gamecocks to finish tied for third place in the Eastern Division.

South Carolina and Kentucky shared a tie for third place in the 2013 SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released on Tuesday.

Arkansas is the choice to win the 2013 SEC championship with Vanderbilt the choice to win the Eastern Division.

Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Gamecocks won the SEC East in 2012 and the SEC championship in 2011.

Carolina has finished in the top three places of the SEC Eastern Division 16 of 21 seasons since joining the league.

The 2013 season begins on Friday, February 15 as the Gamecocks host a three-game series with Liberty at Carolina Stadium.


Eastern Division

Team                        Points

1.  Vanderbilt             89

2.  Florida                   67

3.  South Carolina      59

Kentucky               59

5.  Georgia                 41

6.  Tennessee            29

7.  Missouri                23

Western Division

Team                       Points

1.  Arkansas              90

2.  LSU                      75

3.  Mississippi State  59

4.  Ole Miss               54

5.  Texas A&M           51

6.  Alabama              26

7.  Auburn                24

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