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Baseball: Oklahoma State earns No. 2 ranking in Big 12 preseason poll

The Cowboys receive three first-place votes.

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Oklahoma State was selected second in the Big 12 preseason poll voted by the league's baseball coaches, the conference announced Thursday morning.

Defending regular-season champion TCU earned the top spot. Texas, which won the Big 12 Tournament at ONEOK Field in Tulsa last season, was tabbed third.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.

All three teams earned first-place votes with only two points separating the Horned Frogs and Cowboys. OSU went 38-20 in 2015 and fourth-year coach Josh Holliday looks to bring the Cowboys back to Omaha for the College World Series for the first time since 1999, when he played. Holliday has guided the Cowboys to a top-two finish in the conference in his first three seasons.

Texas is the last Big 12 team to play in the championship series, falling in three games to LSU in 2009. The Longhorns swept Florida in two games for the 2005 championship.

OSU opens the season Feb. 19 at Texas-Arlington.

  1. TCU (3) -- 57
  2. Oklahoma State (3) -- 55
  3. Texas (3) -- 53
  4. Oklahoma -- 45
  5. Texas Tech -- 38
  6. West Virginia -- 26
  7. Kansas -- 18
  8. Kansas State -- 18
  9. Baylor -- 14