IRVING (January 17, 2013) -- The Baylor softball team was picked to finish third in a preseason vote conducted by league coaches, the Big 12 Conference office announced Wednesday. The Lady Bears were chosen third for the fourth time in program history after previously being selected in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Oklahoma (36 points) was picked to win the league and received six first-place votes. Texas notched 29 points and one first-place vote, coming in second behind the Sooners. The Lady Bears were one point behind in third, receiving 28 points, while Texas Tech landed in fourth with a total of 20. Oklahoma State (16), Kansas (12) and Iowa State (6) rounded out this year’s preseason poll.
Baylor returns 10 letterwinners and seven starters off the 2012 squad that went 34-22 and advanced to the NCAA Regional in Lafayette, La. Additionally, head coach Glenn Moore returns three players that redshirted last season, including All-American pitcher Whitney Canion, who is healthy and ready to begin the season. The Lady Bears will also welcome five freshmen into the fold.
BU will begin the 2013 season at home for the Getterman Classic on Feb. 7-10.
2013 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Oklahoma (6) 36
2. Texas (1) 29
3. Baylor 28
4. Texas Tech 20
5. Oklahoma State 16
6. Kansas 12
7. Iowa State 6
**Points are awarded six for first, five for second, etc. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams.