NCAA Baseball Tournament: Dallas Regional Preview

One of the strange stories throughout the 2015 baseball season was the presence of Dallas Baptist at or near the top of the RPI basically the entire season.

The Patriots will get a chance to prove all the doubters wrong this weekend as they’ll host the Dallas Regional, featuring Oregon State, Texas and VCU.

DBU finished second in the Missouri Valley behind No. 8 national seed Missouri State. They found success thanks to their hard-throwing pitching staff, which features several pitchers both in the rotation and in the bullpen that can run it up there at 93+ MPH. The Patriots had a four-game sweep at Oral Roberts early in the year, but did not really have a quality series win after that, including dropping two-of-three against Missouri State.

Oregon State comes in a lot more battle-proven, having finished second in a deep Pac-12. The Beavers have the best starting pitcher in this Regional with their Friday night guy Andrew Moore. Moore may be the best pitcher in the nation as well, posting a 1.73 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 2015. Their second starter Drew Rasmussen threw a perfect game this season against Washington State. Two-seed OSU comes into the postseason red-hot as well, finishing the year with a 15-5-1 record over their final 21 games, which included series wins against fellow tournament teams Cal and USC.

3-seed Texas snuck into the NCAA Tournament field, picking up a Big 12 Tournament Championship with a win over Oklahoma State. The Longhorns had high expectations heading into the season, but after a disappointing regular season, I’m not expecting them to do a whole lot in the Regional, even though it is fairly close to home.

And last but not least, 4-seed VCU comes into the tournament on an 11-game winning streak. The Rams’ claim to fame this year is a road series win at East Carolina, who are the 2-seed in the Coral Gables Regional.

While I think it would be fun if Dallas Baptist made it through to the Super Regionals, I’ll take Oregon State to advance out of the Dallas Regional. The Beavers have looked great over the last two months, and are on the same path they took when winning the 2006 and 2007 National Championships.

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