The Nebraska baseball team was picked to finish tied with Missouri for eighth in the Big 12’s preseason coaches poll released yesterday. Nebraska returns four starters and five of its top six pitchers from last year’s team that finished 25-28-1 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. NU could be a surprise this year.
Texas has been named the preseason favorite to win the 2010 Big 12 regular-season crown. The Longhorns are ranked No. 1 in all four of the major preseason polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association).
UT (81 points) received nine of the possible 10 first-place votes while Kansas earned the remaining first-place tally and 69 points to come in second. Texas A&M and Oklahoma were third and fourth, respectively, followed by Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kansas State. Missouri and Nebraska were tied for eighth place, and Texas Tech filled the final spot.
The Huskers will open the 2010 season Friday night at Fresno State, the defending national champion.
3. Texas A & M
5. Oklahoma State