SEC coaches pick Gators to win SEC East
The SEC baseball coaches have predicted Florida will win the SEC East this season in their annual preseason poll released Wednesday. Defending national champion LSU, ranked No. 2 nationally in multiple preseason polls, was chosen to win the 2010 SEC Championship by a 5-4 vote over the Gators.
The Gators return 20 letterwinners from last season's team, which won its first SEC East title since 2005 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals. The Gators are among the top 10 of the four major collegiate baseball preseason polls: No. 7 in Baseball America, No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ and No. 10 in the NCBWA.
Florida will open its season on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against USF at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.