Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Do or Die Time

After their phenomenal start, the baseball team has hit a rough patch in their season, having lost 4 of their last 6 and 7 of their last 12 games. Last week, that included a lop-sided midweek loss at Baylor and then dropping 2 of 3 against San Diego State at home.

I don't mean to sound like their season is over, not by any means. They are 15-9 (compared to 14-10 at this time a year ago), ranked 22nd in the country and still do own that series win over #1 Cal State-Fullerton on the road. But the Frogs will not be able to just roll over the MWC again this year. In fact, right now TCU is in 4th place in the MWC standings. San Diego State, with their uber-ace Stephen Strasburg, has garnered a lot of attention and is ranked one spot ahead of TCU at #21. But it's this weekend's opponent, 18th-ranked New Mexico, that may be the Frogs' main obstacle in the way of a 6th consecutive conference championship.

The Lobos, led by second-year coach Ray Birmingham, are off to a blistering 24-4 start (and 5-1 in conference), including a two-game midweek sweep against A&M in College Station. They are averaging almost 12 runs a game, and every single member of their starting lineup is hitting at least .324 (with 4 guys hitting over .400 and one hitting over .500).

With three home games against a Top-20 team in baseball and the football team's spring game on Saturday morning, this weekend will be a great time to get a look at our teams and maybe get an indication of their championship prospects.