Texas first baseman Zach Zubia (52) celebrates a home run against Abilene Christian in Austin on March 11, 2020. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Texas joins a Big 12 quintet in the NCBWA’s final baseball poll of 2020

Posted March 19th, 2020

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In its final poll of an abbreviated season, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has given Texas a No. 29 ranking.

Florida topped the 30-team poll after winning 16 of its 17 games this spring. The Big 12 was represented by No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 27 Oklahoma State, No. 28 TCU and Texas. UT has finished outside of the top 25 of the NCBWA poll in six of the last nine seasons, but it was third in 2014 and seventh in 2018.

With a 9-1 win over Abilene Christian on March 11, Texas improved its record to 14-3. But as concerns grew over the spread of the coronavirus, the Longhorns’ season would be suspended a day later. The Big 12 then called off all of its spring competitions on March 13.

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After a disappointing 2019 season, Texas won this season’s first nine games and got off to its best start since 2009. None of those nine wins, however, were against teams that made the prior year’s NCAA Tournament. On Feb. 29, Texas rebounded from its first loss with an 8-7 victory over an Arkansas team that was ranked 15th in the final NCBWA poll.

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