Much remains unknown for this upcoming spring’s collegiate baseball season. However, one thing we do know is that whenever and however it gets underway, there will be plenty of optimism and high expectations this year for the Texas Longhorns.
This morning, D1 Baseball released their first Top 25 Rankings for the 2021 season, and the Texas Longhorns found themselves ranked just inside the top 10 at No. 9.
Though last year’s team finished the season unranked, there were signs of potential and improvement from a young team over the short season. Before the season was cut short due to COVID-19, the Longhorns stormed out to a 14-3 record that included a win against No. 6 Arkansas and a sweep of baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton.
Texas will have its work cut out for them in conference this year, with more than half of the Big 12 ranked in the Top 25. Texas Tech yet again tops the conference with their No. 3 preseason ranking, followed by No. 9 Texas, No. 10 TCU, No. 14 West Virginia, and No. 20 Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns will look to return to the College World Series by the end of the season. The NCAA leader in CWS appearances, Texas last made the tournament in Omaha in 2018, in a season that also saw the Horns win the Big 12 Championship.