Baseball Ranked in NCBWA Preseason Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the first time in school history, the Kansas State baseball team is ranked in a preseason national poll as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) placed the Wildcats in its Division I Preseason Poll, the organization has announced.

The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 34 in its preseason top 35, are one of five Big 12 teams to earn a spot in the poll, including Texas, which topped the initial ballot of the season.

Oklahoma came in at No. 25, while Texas A&M was ranked No. 28 and Kansas was No. 33. Oklahoma State was one of 31 squads to receive votes in the poll.

Last season, Kansas State found itself in the top 25 in all five major collegiate baseball polls to end the season, including a No. 19 ranking by Baseball America. The Wildcats also earned their highest-ever ranking by Baseball America when they were No. 10 on May 4. The NCBWA ranked the Wildcats No. 22 in its final poll of 2009.

K-State opens the 2010 season on Friday, February 19, at 11 a.m. (CT) in Charleston, S.C., against Delaware as part of The Citadel Memorial Challenge. The Wildcats' first of 28 home games is scheduled for Friday, March 12, against Kent State.

For information regarding baseball tickets, including season-ticket options, call the Kansas State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum at (785) 532-7606 or visit www.k-statesports.com.