Texas players warm up in the outfield before a practice on Jan. 26, 2018. UT earned the No. 3 spot in the Big 12's preseason poll. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas projected to be a Big 12 contender as baseball season nears its first pitch

Posted February 1st, 2018

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One week after Texas was tabbed as the Big 12’s third-best softball team, UT’s baseball team received the same fate.

Big 12 coaches voted Texas into the third slot of their preseason poll on Thursday. With 42 points, Texas was easily outdistanced by poll-topping Texas Tech (61 points) and TCU (60 points). UT had previously fallen in line behind Texas Tech and TCU in the national projections released by D1baseball.com, Perfect Game/Rawlings and Baseball America.

Texas finished sixth in last year’s Big 12 standings, but the Longhorns did reach the conference tournament’s championship game.

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Coming off a 39-24 season, Texas will look to replace 11 draft picks this spring. Pitcher Nolan Kingham, however, has been named a preseason All-American. Players like David Hamilton, Austin Todd, Michael McCann and Kody Clemens received significant playing time last season.

After hosting its annual alumni game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, UT will shift its focus to its season opener against UL-Lafayette on Feb. 16. Texas opens conference play against Kansas on March 16.

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