Florida State Chosen as Preseason Favorite by @ACCSoftball Coaches

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The Seminoles garner eight of 11 first-place votes

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference softball regular season, as voted by the league’s 11 head coaches. The Seminoles, who won the regular season crown last year and enter this season ranked No. 15 nationally, received 98 points and eight first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team on their ballot.

NC State, which finished the regular season in second place and won the conference tournament last year, received 87 points, including the remaining three first-place votes. Notre Dame, beginning its first year in ACC play, came in third with 80 points.

Rounding out the top five were North Carolina with 74 points and Virginia Tech with 70 points. The remainder of the poll saw Maryland with 50 points, Syracuse with 42 points, Georgia Tech with 40 points, Virginia with 26 points, Pitt with 24 points and Boston College with 14 points.

Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech all represented the conference in the 2013 NCAA Softball Championship.

The 2014 season kicks off this weekend, with 10 of the league’s 11 teams in action.

Rank     Team                          Points (First-Place Votes)     2013 Record (ACC)

1.           Florida State             98 (8)                                         44-19 (18-2)  

2.           NC State                     87 (3)                                         35-20 (13-7)

3.           Notre Dame              80                                               43-15

4.           North Carolina         74                                               40-21 (13-8)

5.           Virginia Tech           70                                               38-21 (9-11)

6.           Maryland                  50                                               31-26 (13-8)

7.           Syracuse                    42                                               23-29

8.           Georgia Tech            40                                               25-30 (10-10)

9.           Virginia                     26                                               21-28 (4-17)

10.        Pitt                              24                                               19-29

11.        Boston College         14                                               14-38 (2-19)