If you aren’t already aware, it rained - a lot - Friday. The link is worth clicking on for the photo alone.
Virginia’s NCAA Fort Worth Regional opener against Dallas Baptist has been postponed to 3 p.m. Saturday. The second-seeded Cavaliers (42-14) and third-seeded Patriots (40-19) warmed up in anticipation of Friday’s 4 p.m. start before rains forced the initial delay. The game was finally called around 8:11 p.m. as the forecast brought inclement weather the rest of the evening.
First-seeded TCU’s game against Central Connecticut State is now scheduled for an 8 p.m. start Saturday.
The Cavaliers, who finished fourth in the ACC and won their final six league series, were thought by many in the sport to be snubbed by the tournament selection committee. Even TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Thursday the Wahoos should be hosting a regional. It was 79 degrees and sunny in Charlottesville when the NCAA announced the washout here on TCU’s campus.
It’s always interesting to see an outsider’s perspective on the team you have been following all season.
Three to watch
1. RHP Jared Janczak: The first-team All-Big 12 selection missed four weeks because of a shoulder strain, but hasn’t allowed a run in his two starts since returning. Janczak is 8-0 with a 1.99 ERA. The Horned Frogs are 10-1 in games he’s started this season. Should TCU and UVa advance, Janczak could be the starter in Saturday’s winners bracket game.
2. C Evan Skoug: The Big 12’s co-player of the year has 16 home runs and 55 RBI. The junior, named second-team All-American on Thursday, has reached base safely in 164 of his 189 career games.
3. RHP Durbin Feltman: Feltman set the TCU single-season record for saves last week in the Big 12 Tournament. The sophomore has 15 saves this season and is 24-for-27 in save opportunities in his career.
Zach Humphreys swings a wicked stick, and is solid behind the plate as well. If Evan Skoug goes to the MLB by way of the draft, as expected, after this season, Schloss and co have to feel pretty good about his heir apparent.
If Humphreys continues to DH, it will now be in the postseason — a first.
“He’s told me a lot about it. I know it’s a really fun time of the year,” Zach said. “I’ve come to watch, so I know what it looks like. But there’s nothing like playing in it. I’ve just got to not let the moment come over me and just control what I can control, stay small, stay through myself.”
Whatever happens, Humphreys is likely to benefit from the experience in time for next season as the heir apparent to Evan Skoug at catcher.
Skoug has long been impressed.
“He’s a very even-keeled person. He works really hard,” Skoug said. “We both get after it with each other. We make each other better. Being two catchers, we’ve formed a really good relationship. He’s like a little brother to me. I really enjoy being around him. He’s an awesome kid. He’s got great talent, so I’m really happy for him.”
Sixth in the Big 12?! SIXTH? Okay, back to the Under Frogs then, just how we like it.
As he spends more time in the Big 12, it becomes more important to Patterson to add size to his defenses, which have traditionally relied on speed and quickness. Those remain valued traits, but the late-season hammerings by the mammoth lines of Kansas State and Oklahoma State drove home the point: Size matters in a Power 5 conference. It’s why redshirt freshman Ross Blacklock (326 pounds), junior college transfer Ezra Tu’ua (315) and incoming freshman Corey Bethley (302) were important acquisitions.
The Frogs will break in a new crop of pass rushers following the departure of their two most accomplished ends from the past three seasons. ULM transfer Ben Banogu, sophomore Brandon Bowen and redshirt freshman Isaiah Chambers are untested but ooze talent.
This article makes some nice points... but says that Muehlstein will be next in line after Kenny Hill without making a single mention of the man who appears poised to win the backup job this fall, freshman Shawn Robinson.
Without a doubt, Rogers is a tantalizing recruit. He has the skills to make a major impact and alter the landscape of future Big 12 races.
The rough and rugged QB has a cannon of an arm and can escape tacklers with ease in the pocket. Rogers is just as effective throwing the ball as he is carrying it. The raw tools and football IQ he possesses will serve him well on the next level.
It’s too early to make comparisons, especially with a kid at this stage in his development, but Rogers could have a similar impact on the program in much the same way Trevone Boykin did.
However, don’t put the horse before the cart. Rogers will need additional time to mature. Since Grayson Muehlstein will still be around before Rogers matriculates at TCU, Rogers will be given some time to learn Patterson’s system.
It’s pretty cool that a former TCU recruit, who eventually chose Oklahoma State, still had so many good things to say about the Frogs and his relationships there as he helped lead Rogers that way.
Justin Rogers' niece had her uncle's school choice blazed across her chest and it was some insight from former Parkway stars Keondre Wudtee and Brandon Harris that helped the quarterback make his decision.
"I heard from Wudtee every other day and he was a big part of the decision. He put me on insight to a lot of these things because I mean he just did it two or three years ago and I mean his recruiting process was basically between Oklahoma State and TCU so he kind of let me in on some things," Rogers explained.