CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University baseball team has been predicted to finish seventh in the Big 12 Conference this season, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The league's nine head coaches voted in the preseason poll, but they were not allowed to rank their own teams. The Mountaineers were picked to finish behind Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor. Texas Tech ranked just behind WVU, while Kansas is predicted to finish last.
Kansas State garnered five of the nine first-place votes. The Sooners had two, Horned Frogs one and Longhorns one.
West Virginia finished fourth in its inaugural Big 12 season with a league record of 13-11. The Mountaineers were 33-26 overall.
Kansas State won last season's Big 12 regular season title. The Wildcats had never been picked to finish higher than fifth.
K-State enters the 2014 campaign with preseason rankings for the first time in program history, checking in as high as No. 18 (NCBWA). Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas also appear on at least one of four national preseason top 25 lists.
The 2014 Big 12 baseball season begins on February 14, with conference action starting a month later on March 14.