Despite returning 19 letterwinners and the majority of its pitching, the Texas Tech baseball team was picked to finish seventh in the 2012 Big 12 Conference baseball coaches poll, the conference released Tuesday.
Teams earned points for each vote, with a first-place vote worth nine points and a ninth-place vote worth one. Tech finished with 27 points, just one behind sixth-place Oklahoma State (28) and two points behind fifth-place Missouri (30).
Texas A&M was the overwhelming favorite to win the conference, earning eight of the nine first-place votes. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. That gave the Aggies a maximum of 64 points, followed by Texas in second with one first-place vote and 56 points.
Oklahoma finished in third with 48 points followed by Baylor with 42.
Rounding out the poll, Kansas State finished in eighth with 20 points and Kansas in ninth with nine. The top eight teams qualify for the Big 12 Baseball Championships May 25-29 in Oklahoma City.
■ Men's golf
SAN ANTONIO — Texas Tech freshman Clement Sordet posted a final-round 66, and the Red Raiders rallied to win the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational on Tuesday for the fourth year in a row and the sixth time since 2001.
Sordet, tied for 13th after two rounds, lost a three-hole sudden-death playoff with Baylor’s Joakim Mikkelsen for tournament medalist. The two finished at 3-under-par 210.
Tech’s Fin Ewing IV finished fifth at even par, putting a round of 70 behind a 74 and a 69. Logan McCracken posted his second top-10 finish of the season, tying for eighth at 2-over. He shot rounds of 70, 73 and 72.
The Red Raiders’ other scores were: Chandler Rusk, 74-74-74—222; and Esteban Restrepo, 73-80-76—229.
■ Track and field
The Texas Tech women’s tennis team fell this week in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocaition computer rankings.
The Lady Raiders fell from eighth to ninth after competing in two separate meets, the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the University of New Mexico Don Kirby Collegiate Elite in Albuquerque, N.M. Tech had 15 season-best performances from the two meets.
The Red Raiders will return to action Feb. 24-25 at the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the McFerrin Athletic Center in College Station.
■ Women’s golf
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Texas Tech struggled to a 20-over 308 in the final day of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday, which dropped it to seventh place for the tournament.
Tech had just six birdies in the final 18 holes, allowing Northwestern and Purdue to surpass the Lady Raiders, who had shot an 18-over in the previous two days combined.
Gabby Dominguez and Kim Kaufman each recorded top-15 finishes. Dominguez shot a final-round 3-over 75 while Kaufman shot a 4-over 76. Dominguez finished 3-over and in seventh place while Kaufman finished at 7-over and in 12th.
Tech will return to action Feb. 26-27 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.