Big 12 coaches pick Mizzou baseball to finish last in conference
February 15, 2011
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The Big 12 released its baseball preseason coaches poll Tuesday morning, and the results were not kind to Mizzou. The Tigers, whose consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance streak ended at eight last year, received just 17 points in the poll to finish dead last in the voting.
Losing the team’s two best offensive players (Aaron Senne, Brett Nicholas) and best pitcher (Nick Tepesch) from last year’s team certainly factored in to the low ranking.
The 10th-place ranking should come as no surprise to Mizzou players, though, as they’re reminded of similar evaluations every time one steps into the team locker room.
“A lot of people actually picked us dead last in the Big 12,” said outfielder Blake Brown Monday, before the Big 12 coaches’ poll was released. “That’s up on our video board in our locker room as motivation to keep working hard.”
Reliever Kelly Fick agreed the low rankings can be used as motivation.
“It’s fine with me that everybody thinks we’re gonna be there, but it’s gonna be fun to surprise some people.”