Red Raiders tabbed as Big 12 favorites again

For the third-straight year, the Texas Tech baseball team has been picked as the preseason Big 12 conference favorites.

In just two weeks, the ping of metal bats will be heard again at Dan Law Field as the Texas Tech baseball team sets out to climb the ultimate mountain and try to bring home the program’s first national championship.  This week, the Big 12 preseason poll was released and to no one’s surprise, Tim Tadlock’s team was again at the top.

Receiving six out of a possible eight first-place votes (there are only nine teams that play baseball in the Big 12 and coaches couldn’t vote for their own team), Tech is the overwhelming favorite to capture another league crown.   That would be four in the last five years.

At No. 2 in the poll is Oklahoma State, which lost to the Red Raiders in a memorable 3-game Super Regional last summer.  Behind the Cowboys sits TCU followed by Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas State, and Kansas.

This is only the third time in the league’s history that a team has topped the preseason poll three-straight years.  But it isn’t surprising given that Tech has been to the College World Series in four of the last six years,…

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