The Road to Omaha goes through Fort Worth, Texas. For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, TCU will be hosting an NCAA Regional this weekend. The Horned Frogs finished the season with a 43-11 record, earning the program's second straight #7 national seed. Just like last year, TCU will defend Lupton Stadium this postseason looking to earn another trip back to the College World Series.
Before first pitch Friday afternoon, here's everything that you need to know to get ready for the Fort Worth Regional.
As the host team, the Frogs are the #1 seed in this weekend's Regional. Joining TCU is #2 North Carolina State, #3 Stony Brook, and #4 Sacred Heart. The tournament utilizes a double-elimination format, with the Regional winner advancing to the Super Regional to face the winner of the College Station Regional, but more on that later. Should the Frogs come out on top, Fort Worth would host the Super Regional next weekend.
Now that we've seen the bracket for this weekend, let's get to know the teams participating.
#1 TCU Horned Frogs
#2 North Carolina State Wolfpack
#3 Stony Brook Seawolves
#4 Sacred Heart Pioneers
Home Sweet Home
Fort Worth is the only host city in the Tournament to feature three teams from outside its geographic region. North Carolina State, Stony Brook, and Sacred Heart will combine to travel a total of 4,515 miles this weekend, the second-longest combined distance traveled by the participants of any Regional. The three teams traveling to the Los Angeles regional will travel a total distance of 4,653 miles this weekend.
As if TCU needed another advantage this weekend, the Frogs have the best home record of the 16 Regional hosts. TCU finished the regular season with a 27-2 record at Lupton Stadium, good for a 0.931 winning percentage.
Waiting on the Other Side
As mentioned previously, the winner of the Fort Worth Regional will face off against the winner of the College Station Regional next weekend with a trip to Omaha on the line. Here's a quick look at the other side of the bracket.
The Frogs will begin their quest for the program's third College World Series appearance on Friday at 7:00pm against the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Stay tuned as Frogs O' War will be covering all angles of the Fort Worth Regional this weekend.
Until then, Go Frogs.