Texas outfielder Duke Ellis (11) attempts to run out a grounder against Texas Tech at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 17, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Texas receives a first-place vote but will open its season in the middle of the Big 12’s pack

Posted January 30th, 2020

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Texas won a Big 12 championship two years ago but was stuck in the conference’s basement last season. On Thursday, the Longhorns claimed the middle slot in the Big 12’s 2020 preseason poll.

Texas earned enough votes to place fifth in the Big 12’s annual preseason poll. With 38 points, the Longhorns were bested by Texas Tech (62), Oklahoma State (52), TCU (45) and Oklahoma (40). One of the league’s nine head coaches did give Texas a first-place vote, though.

This marks the third straight year that Texas Tech has topped the preseason prognostications in the Big 12.

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During the 2019 season, Texas split its 54 games. The Longhorns went 7-16 in conference play and missed out on the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.

Pitcher Bryce Elder and outfielder Eric Kennedy, who were voted onto the Big 12’s preseason team earlier this week, are among UT’s key returnees. The team also has 17 freshmen on its roster.

Texas will travel to Rice for its season opener on Feb. 14. This Saturday, the program’s annual alumni game will be held at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

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