West Virginia Faces Stacked Big 12; Picked Fifth

West Virginia Faces Stacked Big 12; Picked Fifth


West Virginia’s 2018 baseball team has gotten national notice heading into the year, but it faces one of the toughest league schedules in the country. As a result, the Mountaineers are picked fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Graphic courtesy Big12 Conference

Texas Tech and TCU, the 2017 Big 12 regular season co-champions, were predicted to finish No. 1 and 2 respectively in the preseason ledger. The Red Raiders earned five-of-nine first-place votes and finished atop with 61 points. TCU collected four first-place votes for a total of 60 points. Texas ranked third (42), Oklahoma fourth (40) and West Virginia fifth (38). Kansas and Oklahoma State tied for sixth with 26 points, while Baylor (22) and K-State (9) rounded out the poll.

The pick of WVU shouldn’t be construed as a sign of any disrespect for the Mountaineers — instead, it’s just a mark of the strength of the Big 12 Conference. D1Baseball.com had a slightly different preseason view. It ranked Texas Tech as the #3 team in the nation an TCU at #7, followed by Texas at #21 and WVU at #22.

The 2018 season begins on Friday, Feb. 16, with conference play starting the weekend of March 16.

2018 BIG 12 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

    1.  Texas Tech (5)   61
    2.  TCU (4) 60
    3.  Texas 42
    4.  Oklahoma 40
    5.  West Virginia 38
    6.  Kansas 26
    7.  Oklahoma State 26
    8.  Baylor  22
    9.  K-State  9

First-place votes in parentheses. Coaches were not permitted to vote for own team. 

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    BlueGoldNews
    Muskets:

    West Virginia Faces Stacked Big 12; Picked Fifth West Virginia’s 2018 baseball team has gotten national notice heading into the year, but it faces one
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    #49996
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    Just think where we were before Mazey. This statement from the article tells us all we need to know about how the program has progressed.

    “The pick of WVU shouldn’t be construed as a sign of any disrespect for the Mountaineers — instead, it’s just a mark of the strength of the Big 12 Conference. D1Baseball.com had a slightly different preseason view. It ranked Texas Tech as the #3 team in the nation an TCU at #7, followed by Texas at #21 and WVU at #22.”

    #22. If you didn’t get it the first time …. #22

    #50005
    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets:

    No argument that Randy Mazey has done an excellent job at WVU, but he’s been given resources, specifically the new stadium but not just ending there, that no other WVU baseball coach has ever had. Sort of like Coach Nehlen with the new football stadium. Both had resources needed to win, and then they took those resources and built a complete program around them.

    #50013
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    Mazey’s success started before the new stadium was built. Immediately he took WVU to 3rd in the B12. B12 compared to VanZant’s accomplishments in the much watered down Big East. Let’s not diminish the immediate impact of Randy and his ongoing success. Much, Much better than his predecessors even with the new resources.

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    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets:

    Think those two factors went together hand in hand. Mazey did a lot with the players he inherited. But I don’t think progress would have been sustainable without the new facilities.

    In no way does that diminish what Mazey has done. There was a buzz when he got here, and that helped carry the team as it looked forward to their new home. But I don’t think he would have been here had he not been promised the new stadium either.

    Question for this year: How much will they miss assistant coach Derek Matlock? Great recruiter, and his pitching teaching and approach were great. Dave Serrano is an excellent hire with a ton of experience, so it will be interesting to see how he fits in with chemistry, etc.

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