2012 NCAA Baseball Regional Projections: Baylor Expected To Be A Host

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 28, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 5-2 and won the series 2-0. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Baylor is expected to host a regional while TCU and Dallas Baptist are safely in the NCAA tournament field. Then there is Texas who is on the right side of the bubble, but they still have some work to do.

Even though Baylor was just swept by Oklahoma in three games they are still projected to earn a national seed for the NCAA Tournament as well as being a regional host. Both ESPN and Baseball America project Baylor to host their regional despite the recent three-game skid.

ESPN's Jeremy Mills also has Dallas Baptist, Sam Houston State and Oral Roberts in the Waco Regional. Mills also has Texas and TCU in the field of 64, playing in the Houston Regional where Rice is the host and the fourth team is Stony Brook.

Baseball America has Baylor securely as a national seed and hosting a regional, but they do not categorize who is in what region. However, they do project TCU in the field even if they do not win the Mountain West, due to an RPI that sits at No. 32.

Texas is currently inching to the right side of the bubble, but they still have work to do:

Texas (No. 50 in the RPI) continues to teeter on the bubble after sweeping a pair of games against Texas Southern. The Longhorns finish with Baylor, with the opener in Waco and the last two in Austin. If they win that series, they'll climb back into the top 45 in the RPI and should be safe. If they lose that series, they'll need to do some work in the conference tournament to bolster their chances.

Then there is independent Dallas Baptist, who Baseball America predicts is safely in the tournament.

For more Dallas-area college baseball coverage and the road to Omaha, stay tuned to SB Nation Dallas.

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