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Texas Tech Earns Nod in Preseason Baseball Poll
January 31, 2019

For the second consecutive season and third time since 1999, Texas Tech topped the preseason Big 12 baseball coaches’ poll in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

The Red Raiders, a College World Series participant last season, were again slotted to finish No. 1 in the poll with six first-place votes and 61 points. Baylor, who won the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, earned two first-place votes and 58 points for a No. 2 spot.

TCU garnered a first-place vote and collected 48 points to finish third in the preseason poll. Texas, which won the regular-season title and earned a berth to the College World Series in 2018, placed fourth with 40 points.

Oklahoma State (39), West Virginia (31), Oklahoma (23), Kansas (16) and K-State (9) rounded out the poll.

The 2019 season opens on Friday, Feb. 15, with conference play starting the weekend of March 15.

2019 Big 12 Conference Baseball Preseason Poll

1. Texas Tech (6) 61
2. Baylor (2) 58
3. TCU (1) 48
4. Texas 40
5. Oklahoma State 39
6. West Virginia 31
7. Oklahoma 23
8. Kansas 16
9. K-State 8

(First-place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)

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