Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MWC Tournament starts today

With the regular season completed, the Horned Frogs now turn their attention to achieving their postseason goals. That starts with avenging their loss in last season's Mountain West Conference Tournament, although this year they won't be playing at home as this year's tournament is being played at Tony Gwynn Stadium in sunny San Diego (the picture above was taken this afternoon as the Frogs worked out, and was posted on the TCU Baseball facebook page). Not too shabby a place to play some ball, huh?

The action gets started here in a few hours, when #4-seed BYU and #5-seed UNLV face eacother at 5:00pm Texas time. Following that game, it'll be #3-seed San Diego State against #6-seed (and defending tournament champs) Utah at approximately 9:00pm Texas time. Both games are being televised on The Mtn and CBS-College Sports.

As the #1-seed, TCU will face the lower-seeded team between tonight's winners. So that means that they're first game (being played tomorrow night at 9:00pm Texas time) will be against either Utah, BYU or UNLV. The Frogs' objective this weekend is pretty simple: three straight wins and they are conference champs.

For the full schedule of this week's tournament, check out the conference's MWC Tournament Central page, including the full bracket.

Lizards vs. Chickens

That is what SEbaseball.com is predicting for the second straight week in their latest NCAA Baseball Regional Projections. They have again this week projected the winners of the Fort Worth and Columbia Regionals (which are being hosted by TCU and South Carolina, respectively) to meet in the Super Regionals.

Projected to be joining the Horned...Lizards...in Funkytown are some familiar faces: #2 seed Rice, #3 seed Baylor and #4 seed Wright State. Facing the Gamecocks in Columbia would be the College of Charleston, North Carolina and UNC-Charlotte.

Other TCU opponents in the projected field are Cal State Fullerton and OU both hosting Regionals, A&M as a 2-seed and New Mexico as a 3-seed in Tempe and Texas State as a 3-seed in Austin.

Morning Dump

TCU places nine players on all-MWC baseball first team Star-Telegram

Maxwell and Purke honored by MWC
GoFrogs.com

Winkler tabbed MWC pitcher of the week
GoFrogs.com

Ranking the non-AQ conferences
ESPN

The Omaha eight: teams on track for the CWS
Omaha World Herald

Mountain West may deserve BCS bid more than ACC, Big East
Sports Illustrated

Rumors abound regarding potential MWC shakeup
Las Vegas Sun

College football: BCS blatantly unfair, attorney says
Deseret News

Hawthorne adjusting to life outside
Everett Herald

Hawthorne may take Hill's place
Spokesman-Review

Cashner named PCL pitcher of the week
OurSports Central