SEC baseball loaded with talent once again

By David Brandt

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 17 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

In this June 29, 2010, photo, South Carolina baseball players celebrate after South Carolina won the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Ted Kirk, Associated Press

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South Carolina is the defending national college baseball champion. Florida and Vanderbilt are among the favorites to take home the title this season.

Yes, the usually talent-laden Southeastern Conference is loaded again this season.

The 56-game regular season starts Friday across the SEC, and as usual, its teams are among the nation's most prominent. Six out of the league's 12 programs are nationally ranked in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll, including four in the top 15.

Florida was picked to win the league in a preseason poll of the league's coaches. The Gators return eight position players and 11 pitchers from last year's SEC champion, which finished with a 47-17 overall record and 22-8 mark in the SEC.

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