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FAU Baseball Tabbed 1st In 2011 SBC Preseason Poll

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FAU Baseball Tabbed 1st In 2011 SBC Preseason Poll

Owls represented well in the 2011 preseason poll with a 1st place predicted finish, and four spots on the All-SBC Preseason Baseball Team:

Florida Atlantic, the defending Sun Belt Conference regular season co-champion, has been tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the 2011 league title in a vote of the league's head coaches.

The Owls received six of the ten first-place votes from the coaches in the poll released on Friday.

Last season, the Owls advanced to the NCAA Regional championship game losing to Florida, however, eliminating Bethune-Cookman and two-time national champion Oregon State along the way. FAU returns eight position player starters and two members of the starting rotation, including preseason All-Sun Belt selection Andy Mee, as the Owls look to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in the last 13 seasons.

Mee and fellow preseason All-SBC selections Raymond Church and Dan Scheffler will look to give the Owls back-to-back championships, something that hasn't happened in the SBC since the 2003 and 2004 seasons when South Alabama won back-to-back titles.

2011 SBC Coaches Poll (first-place votes) - as voted on by the league’s head coaches

1. Florida Atlantic (6)                95 pts

2. FIU (1)                              85 pts

3. Louisiana-Lafayette (2)        82 pts

4. WKU                                  64 pts

5. Troy                                  52 pts

6. Arkansas State                    48 pts

7. Middle Tennessee                41 pts

7. South Alabama                    41 pts

9. Louisiana-Monroe (1)          26 pts

10. UALR                                  16 pts

2011 All-SBC Preseason Baseball Team – as voted on by the league’s head coaches

Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Junior, SP)

T.J. Geith (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, SP)

Tyler Ray (Troy, Junior, SP)

Andy Mee (Florida Atlantic, Senior, RP)

Rye Davis (WKU, Junior, RP)

Matt Rice (WKU, Senior, C)

Dan Scheffler (Florida Atlantic, Senior, 1B)

Raymond Church (Florida Atlantic, Senior, 2B)

Jordan Poirrier (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, 2B)

Adam Bryant (Troy, Senior, SS)

Jake Overstreet (South Alabama, Senior, 3B)

Todd Baumgartner (Arkansas State, Senior, OF)

Andy Mee (Florida Atlantic, Senior, OF)

Kes Carter (WKU, Junior, OF)

Mike Martinez (FIU, Junior, DH)

Preseason Player of the Year

Garrett Wittels (FIU, Junior, SS)

Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Junior, SP)

Source: Sun Belt Media Relations
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Re: FAU Baseball Tabbed 1st In 2011 SBC Preseason Poll

I wonder if FIU would've gotten more votes if the Wittles situation was already taken care of

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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Re: FAU Baseball Tabbed 1st In 2011 SBC Preseason Poll

As we all say when we are picked low in preseason polls:  It looks nice, but doesn't really mean anything.

Hopefully getting picked first is not the kiss-of-death.

I expect a very good year!!
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