Texas sophomore Zach Zubia is congratulated by head coach David Pierce after hitting a home run against West Virginia in 2019. Zubia hit a two-run homer late Saturday night to help beat sixth-ranked Arkansas. (Nick Wagner/American-Statesman)

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Following a disappointing finish to 2019, Texas to begin its 2020 campaign without a ranking

Posted January 13th, 2020

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Texas was not among the 25 names listed in D1Baseball’s preseason poll, which was released on Monday.

This marks the first time since 2017 that D1Baseball has not voted Texas into its preseason poll. The Longhorns were ranked 21st and 23rd when the first pitches of their last two seasons were thrown.

This season, the Longhorns will play 12 games against teams that were ranked by D1Baseball. On UT’s schedule are battles with No. 11 LSU (Feb. 28), No. 7 Arkansas (Feb. 29), No. 24 Oklahoma (March 20-22), No. 22 Oklahoma State (March 27-29), No. 20 Texas A&M (March 31) and No. 6 Texas Tech (May 1-3).

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Texas was ranked as high as ninth last season, but a topsy-turvy campaign ended with a 27-27 record. The Longhorns failed to qualify for the Big 12’s and NCAA’s postseason competitions.

The Longhorns graduated three starters from last year’s team and three additional Longhorns began their professional careers. Texas head coach David Pierce has retained some talent, though. All-conference pitcher Bryce Elder is set to return alongside three starting outfielders, designated hitter Zach Zubia and second baseman Lance Ford. Senior catcher DJ Petrinsky is also back after his 2019 season was cut short by a shoulder injury.

Texas will open its 2020 season at Rice on Valentine’s Day. The baseball program’s annual alumni game is set for  Feb. 1.

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