Well, for lack of a more grandiose introduction sentence, it’s over. A season full of unbelievable lows, mildly exciting highs, and lack of general grasp on just who exactly this team is has finally come to a close. It ended [disclaimer: clichés ahead] not with a bang but a whimper, as the Frogs went out quietly in UCLA, amassing just 3 runs on 14 hits in their 65 at-bats in Los Angeles. They lost the same way they’ve lost all season – mental mistakes, fielding errors, and impatience at the plate – which is marginally frustrating, but ultimately to be expected.
I could say so many negative things about the Frogs this weekend, but they played their little tails off to scrap into a Super Regional they had no business being at, and should be commended for peaking at the right time and playing hard.
The postseason experience really gave the Frogs a good time to gel, and their chemistry and momentum rolling into next season should be huge, as the freshmen realize that when they actually come out and play, nobody can touching them. This run in the College World Series really was a positive time for this team, and a great way to reward the freshmen after they worked so hard to compensate for an all but dead weight upper class (you know who I’m referring to).
I’ve reached a good place about this Horned Frog baseball team, after this run. I was very negative on them this season. Only half of them deserved it (the upperclassmen and Derek Odell). The freshmen on this team have really played well this season. Once Kevin Cron got healthy and notched some at-bats, he was unreal this season. His upside is tremendous, especially after an off-season workout regimen gets him into shape coming into next season.
Jerrick Suiter is a freak. That’s about all I have to say about him. Preston Morrison was just named 1st team Freshman All-American. The Frogs have a core coming back that is already respected, and soon to be feared.
Despite the no-show in the Supers, this Frog team sent a very strong message to their new Big 12 friends – it’s about to get real.
As the College World Series wraps up in the next few weeks, Frogballing will inevitably become less frequent, but I’m still planning to update on important news and offseason notes, maybe even track a few of our boys in the big leagues. For now, I’m going into full CWS mode, so let’s get to the picks.
Last week: I went 6-2, missing only TCU and Stanford. That brings me to 14-10 on the postseason, a respectable .583.
- In the Upper Half of the bracket, I’m finally caving and relinquishing my stubbornness: I think Florida State is undoubtedly the team to beat now. That’s right, I #fearthespear. Call me crazy for this, but they’ll see Stony Brook in the semifinal. The Seawolves went into the dragon’s lair and stole two games convincingly from LSU this weekend, and they aren’t scared of anybody. And, come on, they’re the only ones left with more than 50 wins. FSU-Stony Brook semifinal.
- In the Lower Half, I’m much less fun. South Carolina loses the first game to Florida, and then the two will duke it out for best of the SEC in the semi-final. Consistent with #KingSEC, Arkansas advances past Kent State, but ultimately loses to Florida and South Carolina.
- So, on the record, for clarity’s sake I’ve got my final four as FSU-Stony Brook and Florida-South Carolina.
Bet against me, and maybe you’ll keep your money. Leave predictions below if you think you can do better. Remember to follow @TheDSportsRant for general updates, and during the games I’ll be tweeting reactions from @spfleming.