Feb. 4, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Baylor baseball was selected sixth in the Big 12 Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league office announced Tuesday. This marks just the second time in the last 16 seasons the Bears have been chosen to end in the conference's bottom half.
Breaking a string of three straight years of being chosen fourth in the preseason poll, the last time BU was selected sixth was in 2010. That year, the Bears went 36-24 overall, 12-13 in league play, and finished sixth in the final standings before ending their season at the 2010 NCAA Fort Worth Regional.
Defending Big 12 regular season champion Kansas State was chosen as the preseason favorite with 56 points and five first place votes. The Wildcats are followed by Oklahoma State (51, 2) and TCU (51, 1), Texas (50, 1), defending Big 12 Championship holder Oklahoma (37, 0), Baylor (26, 0), West Virginia (23, 0), Texas Tech (18, 0) and Kansas (12, 0). Last season, Kansas State was chosen seventh in the preseason poll and Oklahoma was first.
The preseason pick has gone on to win the Big 12 regular season title only five times since the poll started in 1999, with Texas being the last to do so in 2010.
Returning 15 letterwinners, including six position starters and nine pitchers, from last year's team, Baylor is one of two programs to qualify for every Big 12 Championship. The Bears start the 2014 campaign with a three-game series at Arizona State Feb. 14-16 before hosting their home opener against UT Arlington Feb. 18.
2014 BIG 12 BASEBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL
1. Kansas State (5) 56
t-2. Oklahoma State (2) 51
t-2. TCU (1) 51
4. Texas (1) 50
5. Oklahoma 37
6. Baylor 26
7. West Virginia 23
8. Texas Tech 18
9. Kansas 12
Coaches do not rank their own teams.