IRVING, Texas – Texas Tech was voted third in the 2022 Big 12 Baseball Preseason Poll, the conference revealed on Thursday. The league’s nine head coaches voted the order and were not permitted to vote for their own team.
Positioned No. 3, the Red Raiders face their first uphill fight after four-straight seasons being pegged the preseason favorite (2018-2021). The last time Tech was not picked preseason No. 1, they were slotted third in 2017, which marked, at the time, the Red Raiders’ highest preseason ranking since being picked third in 2000. In 2017, the Red Raiders won the Big 12 regular season title and hosted a regional as the No. 5 national seed.
Texas received eight first place votes for a total of 64 points to nab the top spot and its first time being atop the preseason league poll since 2010. Oklahoma State followed in second with 52 points and one first place vote while Texas Tech was third with 49 points. TCU and Baylor round out the top five with 48 and 33 points, respectively. Oklahoma (25), Kansas State (23), West Virginia (20) and Kansas (10) wrap up the ledger.
Various national polls around the country have the Red Raiders a consensus top 25 team, ranging from No. 4 to No. 23. College Baseball News liked Texas Tech as No. 4, followed by Perfect Game at No. 12, D1Baseball at No. 14 and Baseball America at No. 23.
Texas Tech opens the season Feb. 18-20 on the road at the College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The home opener is set for Tues., Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. against Dallas Baptist.
2022 BIG 12 BASEBALL PRESEASON POLL
Rk. Team (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Texas (8) 64
2. Oklahoma State (1) 52
3. Texas Tech 49
4. TCU 48
5. Baylor 33
6. Oklahoma 25
7. Kansas State 23
8. West Virginia 20
9. Kansas 10
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