The Baylor Bears baseball team, led by head coach Steve Smith, has a lot to be proud of after advancing to the championship round of the Fort Worth Regional in the 2010 Men’s College World Series.
But they also have a lot to improve on after being oh so close to a Big 12 postseason title and letting it all slip away in the final few innings of the conference championship game against arch rival Texas A&M.
Baylor’s season came to a bittersweet conclusion on Sunday evening in a 9-0 setback to highly touted TCU, dropping their second loss of the double-elimination matchups after falling 10-9 to Arizona to open regional play.
Regardless of falling early in the field of 64 teams, the Bears can still be proud they were at least able to garner a bid to postseason play—along with finishing in second place in the Fort Worth Regional.
Taking a scoreless matchup into the top of the fifth inning, No. 1 seeded TCU (49-11) racked up three runs, and never looked back, as they went on to top No. 2 seeded Baylor 9-0 to shutout the Bears and advance to the Austin Super Regional—where they will face the Texas Longhorns (49-11) next weekend.
It was the first time Baylor had been shutout all season.
In addition, it was also the first time the Bears had played in the championship round of a regional since 2006’s Houston Regional, according to Baylor’s official athletic site.
With the loss to TCU, the Bears conclude their 2010 campaign with an overall record of 36-24—as Baylor appeared in postseason regional play for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons.
And the 2010 MLB Draft is right around the corner, as first round action begins tomorrow evening: Monday, June 7.
Meanwhile, Sweet 16 action continues in the 2010 Men’s College World Series next weekend in best-of-three series Super Regionals showdowns—with winners advancing to the Elite Eight of postseason baseball.
In the Lone Star State, TCU (No. 6 in the nation) will be battling Texas (No. 2 in the nation) next weekend while Texas A&M (if they can manage to beat top-seeded Miami [FL] for a second consecutive time) has a chance to advance to face Florida (No. 4 in the nation) in Super Regionals action.
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