Wildcats Ranked No. 21 in Coaches' Preseason Poll

Jan. 29, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Two days after being ranked No. 22 in two different national polls, the K-State baseball team was ranked No. 21 in the USA Today preseason Coaches' Poll, establishing a new program-best for preseason rankings.

The Wildcats are one of four Big 12 teams ranked in the coaches' poll, trailing No. 18 Oklahoma State and ahead of No. 22 Texas and No. 23 TCU. K-State finished a conference-best 14th in the final coaches' poll of 2013 after winning the Big 12 title.

Cal State Fullerton was ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches' poll while LSU, Oregon State - which defeated K-State in the NCAA Super Regional last season - Mississippi State and Florida State rounded out the top five.

The USA Today Sports board of coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I Institutions. Each of the 31 coaches is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

K-State has now been ranked in four national preseason polls (No. 22 by Baseball America, No. 22 by Perfect Game and No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball). No Wildcat team had ever been ranked in a preseason Top 25 poll prior to 2014.

K-State starts its 2014 season on Feb. 14 at Cal Poly and its home opener is set for Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 pm against Milwaukee. Season tickets are available by visiting kstatesports.com/tickets, calling 1-800-221-CATS or stopping by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at Bramlage Coliseum.

Complete USA Today preseason Coaches Poll can be found here.