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UVa Baseball Picked to Win ACC Championship

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The Virginia baseball team has been picked to finish first in the ACC Coastal Division and win the conference title in a vote of the league's fourteen head coaches.  

UVa is the preseason favorite for the second time in program history, as the Wahoos were also picked to finish first in 2010.

The Cavaliers were one the practice field for the first time Friday, but the chilly temperatures forced them inside to the 13-million dollar George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility.  

In years past, Virginia often practiced outside in the snow on the turf field.  

The Cavaliers return twenty-two letter-winners to a team which won fifty games and advanced to the Super Regionals last season.

UVa was picked to finish 3rd in the Coastal Division last year.

Junior outfielder Mike Papi says, "I think we're more of the hunted this year, rather than the hunter.  We have to look out for that, and make sure we're always on our toes, and not take anybody lightly."

"This is exciting," adds head coach Brian O'Connor.  "I rolled out of bed this morning, and felt like putting my uniform on right away, I was so excited to get going.  We're three weeks away.  You can't do anything about the weather, it is what it is.  You make adjustments.  I'm excited for this team.  I'm really excited to see how this team competes throughout the season, because there is certainly plenty enough talent."

Virginia opens the season February 14th against Kentucky in Wilmington, North Carolina.

2014 ACC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll 
Overall Champion
1. Virginia (10)
2. Florida State (4)

Coastal Division
1. Virginia (12), 96
2. North Carolina (2), 84
3. Miami, 66
4. Georgia Tech, 57
5. Duke, 36
6. Virginia Tech, 35
7. Pitt, 18

Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (9), 93
2. NC State (5), 88
3. Clemson, 70
4. Maryland, 48
5. Notre Dame, 40
6. Wake Forest, 36
7. Boston College, 17
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