Missouri baseball picked fifth in Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division; junior SS Ryan Howard voted preseason All-SEC first-team.
The Missouri baseball team has been picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division, as voted on by the league’s coaches, coming off last year’s 30-28 campaign.
Missouri, which finished 15-15 in SEC play a year ago, was picked ahead of Georgia and Tennessee but behind four other schools — Florida Gators, Vanderbilt Commodores, South Carolina and Kentucky.
Florida received 13 first-place votes. Vandy received the other. Texas A&M (eight votes) edged LSU (five) in the Western division.
Missouri junior shortstop Ryan Howard was selected to the preseason All-SEC First team. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck was picked for the second team.
Howard, who will likely hit leadoff for the Tigers, batted a team-best .308 in 58 games last season with 13 doubles, five home runs, 39 RBIs, 29 runs scored and a .369 on-base percentage.
Houck is coming off a strong freshman season. He went 8-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 91 and walking 12 in 100 2/3 innings and while opponents hit just .233 against him.
The Tigers open the season with a four-game series against Seton Hall starting Feb. 19 in Fort Myers, Fla.
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