Georgia Tech and Florida State Picked to Win 2010 ACC Softball Championship

Jan. 27, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Defending league champion Georgia Tech and runner-up Florida State were selected by a poll of the league's head coaches to finish in first place following the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference softball regular season. Both teams pulled in 45 of a possible 224 points, although the Yellow Jackets garnered four first-place votes and the Seminoles claimed three top picks.

Picked to finish in third place was North Carolina with 39 points and one first-place vote. Virginia Tech and NC State were in a tight race for fourth place with each other, with the Hokies edging the Wolfpack for the fourth slot with 27 points, compared to 26 for NC State.

Rounding out the 2010 preseason predictions were Maryland in sixth place with 19 points, Virginia in seventh with 13, and Boston College in eighth with 10.

Last season Georgia Tech claimed the regular-season title with a 17-3 record (.850) and was trailed closely by Florida State with a 17-45 mark (.810). The Yellow Jackets took a 3-1 win from the Seminoles in the final game at the 2009 ACC Softball Championship, held in Raleigh, N.C.

Three ACC teams--Florida State, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina--earned berths in 2009 NCAA Softball Championship, with the Yellow Jackets advancing to the superregionals before bowing to eventual champion Washington State in two games.

Additionally, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and North Carolina are ranked in preseason polls released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and ESPN.com/USA Softball. The Yellow Jackets lead the trio with No. 13 and No. 14 rankings, respectively. The Seminoles are ranked 19th by ESPN.com/USA Softball, followed by the Tar Heels at No. 22, while North Carolina comes in at No. 19 and Florida State at No. 23, according to the NFCA poll. Virginia Tech is receiving one point in the ESPN.com/USA Softball top-25 poll.

The ACC is tied for third with three league teams represented in each top-25 poll, trailing the Pac-10 and Southeastern Conferences.

Place Team (First-place votes) 2009 Record Points
T1. Georgia Tech (4) 46-15 45
T1. Florida State (3) 44-16 45
3. North Carolina (1) 47-13 39
4. Virginia Tech 28-28 27
5. NC State 23-25 26
6. Maryland 29-26 19
7. Virginia 25-22 13
8. Boston College 18-33 10