K-State Picked Seventh in Big 12 Preseason Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State baseball team was given its highest-ever placing in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll as the Wildcats tied for seventh, the conference office announced Wednesday.

K-State earned 30 points, tying them with Oklahoma. It is the Wildcats best showing in the poll since the inception of the Big 12 as they had never finished higher than eighth.

Texas was voted as the league favorite to win the regular season crown for the seventh consecutive year. The Longhorns amassed 80 points as they tallied eight first place votes. Missouri finished second with 71 points and one first place vote, while Baylor finished third and grabbed the final vote to finish first.

Following Baylor, Texas A&M finished fourth ahead of Oklahoma State, Nebraska, K-State and Oklahoma. Kansas and Texas Tech rounded out the voting.

Kansas State begins the 2008 season Friday at California and Santa Clara.

2008 Big 12 Conference Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank  Team (First Place Votes)  Points
1.    Texas (8)                 80
2.    Missouri (1)              71
3.    Baylor (1)                65
4.    Texas A&M                 60
5.    Oklahoma State            46
6.    Nebraska                  36
7.    Kansas State              30
      Oklahoma                  30
9.    Kansas                    17
10.   Texas Tech                15