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BSB: Gators Voted Second in SEC East in Coaches Poll

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With a little over a week before the season, the Florida Gators baseball program was voted as the second best team in the SEC by the 14 SEC head coaches. The Gators also received multiple first-place votes. Florida only finished behind the Vanderbilt Commodores who are coming off a National Championship.

2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll:

Eastern Division

1. Vanderbilt (9) – 87

2. Florida (3) – 77

3. Georgia (2) – 76

4. Tennessee – 50

5. South Carolina – 48

6. Missouri – 32

7. Kentucky – 22

Western Division

1. Arkansas (5) – 82

2. Mississippi State (4) – 73

t-3. Auburn (2) – 67

t-3. LSU (3) – 67

5. Texas A&M – 44

6. Ole Miss – 38

7. Alabama – 21

() – First place votes

Vanderbilt received the most votes (8) as the SEC Champion. Florida received the second most amount of votes as they got two. Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State all received a vote for SEC Champion.

Sophomore outfielder Jud Fabian was also voted Preseason All-SEC Second Team. Fabian was an early enroll at the University of Florida and made an impact instantly. As a freshman, Fabian was the starting center fielder and started in 54 games. He batted .232 with nine doubles, seven home runs, 26 RBIs and a .993 fielding percentage.

The Gators opens its season next Friday with a three-game weekend series against the Marshall Thundering Herd. First pitch is February 14th at 6:30 PM ET at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. It will also be the last opening day at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium as the Gators will move into their new stadium for the 2021 season which is currently being built.

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