The Sun Belt preseason baseball coaches poll installs FIU as the co-favorite with last year's Sun Belt retular season champ, Troy, both finishing the poll with four first place votes and 93 points.
The coaches picked senior outfielder Pablo Bermudez as the Preseason Player of the Year, a logical pick as Bermudez shared the 2011 Sun Belt Player of the Year award. Bermudez, redshirt junior righty pitcher Mason McVay, senior first baseman Mike Martinez and junior Rudy Flores (as the DH) made the preseason All-Sun Belt team.
Next Friday, the baseball team opens at Rice. Tonight, the softball team opens at home against Michigan State, weather permitting.