South Carolina is the favorite to win the SEC Championship, according to the 2014 SEC Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll released Tuesday.

The Gamecocks received five first-place votes to win the title, as well as nine first-place votes to win the Eastern Division. They have won three league championships (2000, 2002, 2011), six Eastern Division titles (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012) and one SEC Tournament (2004) in school history.

USC finished in the top three places of the SEC Eastern Division 17 of 22 seasons since joining the league. The 2014 season begins Friday as the Gamecocks host a three-game series with Bucknell at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks are nationally ranked as high as No. 7 in the country by Baseball America.

In addition to picking a preseason champion, the head coaches voted a predicted order of finish in the SEC Eastern and Western Divisions. Points were compiled on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

2014 SEC COACHES PRESEASON POLL RESULTS

Eastern Division

Team Pts.

1) South Carolina (9) 86

2) Vanderbilt (5) 82

3) Florida 69

4) Kentucky 47

5) Tennessee 39

6) Georgia 38

7) Missouri 24

Western Division

Team Pts.

1) LSU (6) 84

2) Miss. State (7) 83

3) Alabama 58

Texas A&M (1) 58

5) Arkansas 44

6) Ole Miss 35

7) Auburn 21

SEC Champion: South Carolina (5); LSU (4), Mississippi State (4); Vanderbilt (1)