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Baseball America places Texas in the 14th slot in its preseason poll

Posted January 23rd, 2018

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This month, Texas received enough votes to sneak into a few preseason polls. One publication, however, has a higher opinion of the Longhorns.

Texas was ranked 14th in the preseason poll released on Tuesday by Baseball America. No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 7 TCU were the only other Big 12 teams included in the year-opening prediction.

With its placement in the Baseball America rankings, Texas climbed a few rungs on the national ladder. The Longhorns were ranked 21st and 23rd, respectively, in the D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game/Rawlings’ preseason polls.

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Texas went 39-24 and reached a regional final in its first season with head coach David Pierce. UT lost 11 players to the MLB draft but All-American candidate Nolan Kingham is among the returnees. The Longhorns will host UL-Lafayette in their season opener on Feb. 16.

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