TCU Picked to Finish Second in Big 12

Derek Odell will be a junior this season.

Feb. 4, 2014

FORT WORTH - In the preseason Big 12 poll released Tuesday, the TCU baseball team was selected to finish in a tie with Oklahoma State for second after receiving 51 points in a vote by the league's coaches. TCU garnered one of the nine first place votes.

Defending conference champion Kansas State was favored to win the league, receiving a total of 56 points and five first-place votes. Following TCU and Oklahoma State, who received two first place votes, was Texas in fourth with 50 points and one first place vote. Oklahoma received 37 points to finish fifth in the preseason poll followed by Baylor (sixth, 26), West Virginia (seventh, 23), Texas Tech (eighth, 18) and Kansas (ninth, 12).

The Frogs return 14 letterwinners from last season's squad. Additionally, seven of the everyday field starters return as do six pitchers. This past fall, TCU welcomed 18 new faces to the squad. The group was tabbed as the 17th best recruiting class in the nation by Baseball America.

TCU is among the top 30 teams in all of the major polls. Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball have both tabbed the Frogs No. 19, while the USA Today Coach's poll slotted the Frogs at No. 23 and the NCBWA at No. 22. Perfect Game has TCU ranked just outside the top 25 at No. 27.

The season is set to begin Feb. 14 when the Horned Frogs play host to Jacksonville for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.



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