AUGUSTA, Ga. – The nationally 20th-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches.
Georgia College has been selected as the Peach Belt Conference team to beat for 2011. In a close vote, the Bobcats received six of a possible 11 first-place votes and finished with 112 total points, edging out Columbus State who received four first-place votes and 109 points.
Francis Marion was third with 102 and USC Aiken was fourth in the voting. North Georgia, Flagler, UNC Pembroke, Armstrong Atlantic State, Georgia Southwestern, Lander, Montevallo and Augusta State rounded out the voting.
The USC Aiken baseball program has won 30 or more games in each of the last 10 seasons, while also having played in five of the last six NCAA Division II Tournaments. The Pacers finished the 2010 season with a 32-19 overall record.
USC Aiken will commence the 2011 regular season with 18 consecutive home games.
For the seventh straight year, USC Aiken will play its first three-game series of its season against Lincoln Memorial. The Pacers and Railsplitters will begin their season-opening three-game set at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 at Roberto Hernandez Stadium. The series will conclude with two single 1 p.m. games on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 6.
The PBC season will conclude with the PBC Tournament May 8-12 at Golden Park in Columbus, Ga. The top four teams in each division will advance to the tournament, which has moved from a single-elimination to a double elimination format this season.