Head coach Steve Smith enters his 16th season leading the Bears in 2010.
Feb. 16, 2010
WACO, Texas – Baylor baseball was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday by the league office. The Bears (30-26, 10-16 in 2009) received 39 points, placing them ahead of Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas Tech.
With its No.1 national ranking, Texas received all nine possible first-place votes, giving the Longhorns 81 points. Kansas tallied the other first-place vote and is picked to finish second with 69 points. Texas A&M notched 64 points, Oklahoma came in fourth with 57 points and Oklahoma State was picked fifth with 47 points. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams.
The Bears had been picked in the top four in every season since 1999, including being tabbed third in each of the last two seasons. Despite that preseason ranking, the Bears finished eighth in 2009. Texas A&M was last year’s preseason favorite, garnering all nine possible first-place votes, but the Aggies finished the season in sixth place.
Baylor opens the 2010 season this weekend when it hosts QTI Apparel’s Opening Weekend Classic. The Bears take on Duke at 1 p.m. Friday, and then return to the field for a 5 p.m. game against 22nd-ranked Georgia. Saturday features a 1 p.m. rematch with Duke, and the weekend ends with the Bears facing Georgia again at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Big 12 Conference play begins March 19-21 when the Bears play their first road games of the season at Oklahoma.
2010 BIG 12 CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
1. Texas (9) 81
2. Kansas (1) 69
3. Texas A&M 64
4. Oklahoma 57
5. Oklahoma State 47
6. Baylor 39
7. Kansas State 29
8. Missouri 22
(tie) Nebraska 22
10. Texas Tech 20