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Second baseman Billy Fleming is among the returning regulars for West Virginia, which posted a surprising third-place finish in the Big 12 last season.

 

IRVING, Texas — West Virginia was picked seventh in Tuesday’s poll of Big 12 baseball coaches, meaning the Mountaineers will yet again be faced with proving wrong their preseason doubters.

WVU was picked last in 2013 but entered the final weekend with a chance to win the regular-season title and wound up in third place. The Mountaineers return six position players and several top arms—highlighted by Big 12 pitcher of the year Harrison Musgrave—from a team that finished 33-26 and also placed third in the league tournament.

Defending Big 12 regular-season champion Kansas State was named the favorite to repeat, garnering five first-place votes from the league’s nine coaches.

The runner-up picks were Oklahoma State and TCU, with Texas selected fourth after the Longhorns finished in the Big 12 cellar last year.

Oklahoma was fifth and Baylor sixth ahead of West Virginia. Texas Tech was picked eighth and Kansas ninth.

Being the preseason favorite hasn’t necessarily been a positive of late: None of the past three No. 1 picks has gone on to win the regular-season title.

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Comments

  • Greg

    I hate to quote William, but I'm LOVIN it. I love seeing any team play with a chip on their shoulder. What better motivation than this? Except maybe being picked 8th or 9th. Prove em wrong boys!

  • 5toldU1s

    I have serious respect for coach Mazey.When you ask him about his team, the first thing he mentions is their academics. Yet he had success last year on the field. He demands respect from his players toward the community, and you could never find a nicer group of guys toward the fans. There is good reason that they broke attendance records last year at Hawley and elsewhere.
    The baseball program will probably never be covered by the media as intensely as football or basketball, but you never know.

  • Just Passing Through

    The Rodney Dangerfield of the Big12 Mountaineers can prove them wrong again.

  • Mister Man

    Welcome to the Big XII Mountaineers. There's your motivation. I love it. And, I'm happy we are in the Big XII.

  • CaptainQ

    Picked 7th out of 10 Big Twelve teams?

    That doesn't sound good for the Mountaineers.

    • Dave

      WVU will be better than that. Just a little fuel for the fire.

    • The bookman

      Iowa State also doesn't field a team, so 7th out of 9 teams..ouch!

    • Aaron

      From where they came to where they are to where they are headed, it's a process, more so in baseball than any other sport. You can't recruit one or two players who can win you a bunch of games immediately. It takes time, particularly when you’ve been playing in a bad league with below average players. The new stadium will help recruit better players, as will the focus on the sport. While WVU Baseball may never compete for National Championships, they most certainly will be better than they were.

      Even in baseball, it’s a great day to be a Mountaineer.