Softball second in conference poll

Matt Warden

The University of Texas Softball team was chosen to finish second in the Big 12 preseason poll right behind Oklahoma. The Big 12 conference office announced the results on Thursday of the poll voted on by head coaches from every Big 12 school. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Oklahoma Sooners, who placed first in the poll for the fourth time in five years, received all six first place votes for a total of 36 poll points. Texas compiled 29 points, followed closely by Baylor with 28 and Texas Tech with 20. The poll was rounded out by Oklahoma State with 16 points, Kansas with 12 and Iowa State with six.

This year’s poll marks the highest preseason ranking Texas has received since 2006, a year in which it also placed second. 

The Longhorns will open their season when they host the Texas Classic Feb. 7-10. Their first game will be against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.