AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is ready to make another run at a national championship in 2022, and the preseason prognosticators are picking the Longhorns as the favorite.
The latest preseason poll, released Monday by Baseball America, has Texas ranked No. 1. In addition to the Baseball America poll, Texas earned the top spot in the Collegiate Baseball and D1Baseball.com polls.
Texas is ranked No. 2 in the Perfect Game preseason poll — right behind No. 1 Vanderbilt.
This will be the first time since 2010 that the Longhorns will enter the season ranked as the top team in the country.
Texas finished 2021 with a 50-17 record and a trip to the College World Series, where they went 3-2, losing both games to national champion Mississippi State to end the season.
The Longhorns return seven All-Americans to their squad.
Pitcher Pete Hansen and infielder Ivan Melendez are first team All-Americans. Infielder Trey Faltine and pitchers Tristan Stevens, Tanner Witt, and Aaron Nixon were named to the second team. Another infielder, Mitchell Daly, occupies a spot on the third team.
The Longhorns are joined in the Baseball America poll by Big 12 challengers: No. 19 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Texas Tech. Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Virginia make up the rest of the top five.
Texas opens the season against Rice on Friday Feb. 18 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.