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Georgia Tech, FSU debut at Nos. 6 & 7 in preseason college baseball poll

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech baseball team was ranked No. 6 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's 2010 preseason poll, which was released Monday.

The No. 6 ranking is Tech's highest preseason standing since the 2006 season in which the Jackets were ranked No. 4 by Baseball America - the same year the school made its last trip to the College World Series in Omaha.

The Jackets return 24 letterwinners from a 2009 team that went 38-19-1 and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Six position players and two of the three weekend starters are back on the mound for Tech.

The 2010 season begins, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. as the Jackets host Missouri State for a three-game series at Russ Chandler Stadium.

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FSU BEGINS NO. 7:

With opening day of the 2010 baseball season on the horizon, Florida State will start the year ranked No. 7 according to "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I pre-season baseball poll released Monday.

FSU returns 17 letterwinners from last year's squad that exceeded expectations serving as host to both the Regional and Super Regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

They will, however, be without Leesburg's Jack Posey, who had Tommy Johns surgery in the offseason and will miss all of 2010.

Florida State will be led by juniors Tyler Holt and Mike McGee and sophomore Sean Gilmartin as all three were named pre-season All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

In 2009, Florida State finished with an overall record of 45-18 and a 19-9 mark in league play en route to their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division Title.

The 2010 baseball season begins Feb, 19 at 4 p.m. with a three-game series on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium against Georgia State.