How About Those (Dallas Baptist) Patriots?

DBU’s Jason Krizan (Photo / courtesy

Omaha – The Mids have exited the field, but the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship rolls on. The DI field was paired from 64 to 16 teams by regional play, and now enters the Super Regional round, comprised of eight best-of-three series. The winners of the Super Regionals will head to Omaha for the College World Series.

The names in the Super Regionals are familiar to college baseball fans: Texas, North Carolina, Arizona State, Florida State and Oregon State are included among them. The least well-known, yet most interesting team still standing is surely Dallas Baptist (42-18). They emerged from the Fort Worth Regional despite entering it as the #3 seed. The Patriots saddled the top-seeded TCU Horned Frogs (43-18) with their first loss in tourney play, then later TKO’d Oral Roberts (39-21) to win the regional. The Pats’ victories were their first NCAA tournament wins in team history.

Closer to the Mid-Atlantic, the Virginia Cavaliers (51-9) yielded a total of three runs in three games while piling up 29 to advance to their Super Regional against UC Irvine (42-16). That series is hosted by the Cavs and gets underway on Saturday at 1 pm. – Tom Flynn