Texas Tech Ranked Sixth in Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll
Sophomore shortstop Tim Proudfoot led all Big 12 freshmen last season with 21 extra-base hits
Feb. 12, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech baseball team was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches' poll, the league office announced Tuesday. Oklahoma is the favorite to win the league receiving six of the nine first-place votes along with 62 overall points.
League head coaches were not allowed to vote on their respective teams.
The sixth-place preseason ranking matches the highest for the Red Raiders since 2003 while also being predicted to finish in sixth place in 2007 and 2005 while receiving a fourth-place preseason ranking in 2003. Texas Tech finished 7-17 in Big 12 play a year ago while tying for eighth place in the final league standings.
For the second time in three years the Sooners are the preseason pick to win the league while Big 12 newcomer TCU received three first-place votes and was picked second in the poll with 55 points.
The Texas Longhorns are predicted to finish in third place (48 points), which is where they finished last season. Defending league champion Baylor is picked fourth in the poll with 47 points while Oklahoma State is predicted to finish where they ended last season - fifth place - while tallying 38 points.
Following Tech in the preseason poll are Kansas State (20 points), Kansas (18 points) and West Virginia (8 points) to rank seventh, eighth and nine-place, respectively.
Texas Tech opens its 2013 season hosting the fourth-annual Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic, Feb. 15-17, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders will take on Northern Illinois, Northern Colorado and BYU during the three-day event.
2013 BIG 12 BASEBALL PRESEASON COACHES' POLL (first-place votes)