Two junior West Virginia University baseball players have been named to the 2020 preseason All-Big 12 team Wednesday, as announced by the league.
Junior infielder Tyler Doanes was one of five infielders selected to the team and junior catcher Paul McIntosh was also selected to the team for his role as a designated hitter.
The Mountaineers are one of five teams in the Big 12 to have multiple players recognized. In all, 18 players were selected to the team, representing seven of the league’s teams.
According to the Big 12 press release, 11 of the 18 players were selected to the Big 12 First and Second Teams following the 2019 season.
Last year, McIntosh, of Miami Gardens, Florida, was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team also as a designated hitter in his first year in a Mountaineer uniform. Last year, as a sophomore, McIntosh tallied 53 hits with 34 RBI and led the team with 10 home runs.
Doanes, of Fayetteville, Georgia, has been recognized by the league since he flashed his skills in his freshman campaign. In 2018, he was named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team before being recognized in 2019 on the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team. Doanes, as a sophomore, led the Mountaineers with a .316 batting average with five home runs and 32 RBI. He also gained attention for his 20 stolen bases during the 2019 season.
The league is expected to release its 2020 Big 12 preseason poll on Thursday.
The WVU baseball program is coming off its arguably most successful seasons in its history. The team looks to build off its season and post-season play successes starting with a three-game series on Valentine’s Day in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mountaineers will have their first chance to attend a game at Monongalia County Ballpark this year with an early home opener for Feb. 18 against Canisius. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
WVU will begin conference play with a trip to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech for a three-game series March 13-15.
The first Big 12 series at home is against Texas April 3-5. WVU baseball previously announced the Friday match-up will be televised regionally on AT&T SportsNet.
First pitch of the Big 12 Conference matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. with Dan Zangrilli and Ernie Galusky calling the action.
Coverage of WVU baseball is part of the Wild & Wonderful Sports programming on AT&T SportsNet. Additionally, the game will be streamed live on wvusports.com for those outside of the network’s viewing territory.