Fort Worth Super Regional BreakdownPostseason
Missouri State (43-18) at TCU (45-16)
Fort Worth Super Regional Schedule
Saturday: 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Sunday: 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Monday (if necessary): TBA (ESPN/ESPN2)
HOW MISSOURI STATE GOT HERE: The Bears had quite the wild weekend in Fayetteville, beating Oklahoma State in the first game on a walk-off home run by Jeremy Eierman, while they beat Arkansas to move into the driver’s seat. Arkansas tripped up the Bears on a rain-soaked field to force a second championship game, but MSU prevailed in the end.
HOW TCU GOT HERE: The Horned Frogs put together an impressive weekend at the rain-soaked Fort Worth Regional. The Frogs disposed of Central Connecticut in the opening game before getting past Virginia 5-1 and dominating Dallas Baptist in the championship game.
STARTING PITCHING: While the Bears have some quality starting pitchers to watch, such as hard-throwing Dylan Coleman, it’s pretty clear to me that TCU has the advantage. Righthander Jared Janczak is as good as any pitcher in college baseball and has ice in his veins, while freshman lefty Nick Lodolo had a wicked fastball and curveball combo when he’s clicking on all cylinders. Meanwhile, tall righty Brian Howard has a nasty cutter, and is very tough to hit when he’s command his arsenal. EDGE: TCU
BULLPEN: Here’s another category where I feel like the two teams are just about equal. Here, though, I do give the slight edge to the Bears. Jake Fromson and Bryan Young lead the charge for the Bears. Young is a seasoned veteran who has pitched in a super regional before. He’s appeared in 25 games and has a 1.53 ERA, while Fromson has a terrific 1.98 ERA in 36 appearances. The Frogs also have some quality arms on the back-end, including a power arm like Durbin Feltman, who has had some ups and downs this season, while Cal Coughlin (1.80) and Sean Wymer (2.54) have stepped up in big situations. EDGE: Missouri State
OFFENSE: Even without hard-hitting first baseman Luken Baker, I still like what the Frogs bring to the table from an offensive standpoint. However, I lean the Bears in this department for the mere fact they have more quick-hitting threats with Jake Burger (22 homers) and Jeremy Eierman (22 homers) leading the charge. Justin Paulsen (.329) is another high quality and veteran bat, while Hunter Steinmetz (.302) has some juice in his swing as well with six homers and 40 RBIs entering the series. EDGE: Missouri State
DEFENSE: From a pure statistical standpoint, the Bears and Horned Frogs look like a push, but give me the Frogs entering this series. The outfield has a great one as the headliner in center fielder Nolan Brown, while the middle infield is in good shape with Ryan Merrill and Cam Warner leading the charge, along with Elliott Barzilli on the left side of the infield. There’s also Skoug, who does a quality job behind the plate. EDGE: TCU
EXPERIENCE/INTANGIBLES: Sure, the Bears have traveled a tough road to get to this point, but the Horned Frogs are seasoned veterans from a postseason and just seems to press all the right buttons in Super Regional action. It’s impossible to go again the grain that regard. EDGE: TCU
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