Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A way-too-early look at the postseason

If you are like a lot of fans and are not too familiar with the landscape of college baseball, you might have been under the assumption that beating Texas State on the diamond last night was like beating the them in football. But the Bobcats came into last night's game at Lupton with a 15-4 record and an RPI ranking of #9 in the country, so the Frogs' 3-1 victory is actually a pretty big W. It boosts their own RPI-overnight, mind you- from #41 to #29.

The superb freshmen duo of Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton combined for 8 innings of one-run baseball against a team that had absolutely been mashing the ball so far this season. The two youngsters, who will likely be handed much bigger roles in the pitching staff next year, both have ERAs under 2.00 and impressive strike out to walk ratios.

As we look ahead to the postseason, still has the Frogs as regional hosts in their latest regional projections. Projected to be in Fort Worth are #2 seed Baylor, #3 seed Louisville and #4 seed Wichita State. Other teams in this part of the country that are currently listed as potential hosts are Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU. Looking even further ahead in the projected field, if the Frogs were to advance into the Super Regionals they'd be in a familiar place: facing the Longhorns at Disch-Falk for a third consecutive year.


Worth Hills Caddy said...

For what it's worth that site also has the following Frogs opponents in the tourney:

CS Fullerton: 2 seed
Tx. State: 2 Seed
UNLV: 3 seed
Tx Tech: 2 Seed

It is a long season and hopefully this team can gel and find its own identity. We still are showing some poor fundamentals in base running, fielding, and situational hitting. But IMO we have hit on something with Mitchell and Crichton.

Tanner said...

those two guys are def going places. but we still have tamu and oklahoma (who has our number apparently). lots of games left, but great to see a quality win.