Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Experts still say Frogs headed to Waco

Sadly, this fine dining establishment has recently shuttered its doors

With just the conference tournaments remaining, the NCAA Baseball Tournament picture has really started to take shape in recent weeks.  The good news is that, despite slipping to the #2 seed in the MWC Tournament, the Frogs won't be playing for their postseason lives this weekend in Vegas: Baseball America projects them as a tournament team either way.

To read the tea leaves of the so-called experts, Frog fans can pencil in a trip to Waco for the first weekend in June.  Scoffing at the idea of tourism in a city that is essentially just a place to stop to go to the bathroom?  They actually have a trio of entertaining museums- the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Dr Pepper Museum and the Texas Ranger museum- that, along with the ruins of the Branch Davidian compound and Britney Griner's adam's apple, mean that there is no shortage of sight-seeing to do in this city that always smells like a Denny's when I drive through.

Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA has a projected Waco Regional that includes #1 seed Baylor, #2 seed TCU, #3 seed Sam Houston State (RPI: #49) and #4 seed Prairie View A&M (RPI: #228).  Mark Etheridge of SEBaseball.com's latest projections include a Waco Regional that includes Baylor, TCU, Prairie View and Wichita State (RPI: #44) as the #3 seed.

In either case, the team that emerges victorious from the Waco Regional would meet the winner of the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice.  Among the teams projected to take on the Owls in that regional are Dallas Baptist, Clemson, Oral Roberts, Cornell, Missouri State and Southeastern Louisiana.

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