For the second straight year, the TCU baseball team produced a trio of All-American pitchers. Riley Ferrell, Preston Morrison and Alex Young were named Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball.
Getting another regional at home.
Getting another Super Regional at home.
Getting to another College World Series.
Those are pretty high bars for any team in any season.
After winning the Big 12 regular-season title, the Horned Frogs went two-and-out at the Big 12 tournament. Still, they earned the No. 7 national seed for the second straight year.
For the second straight season, the Road To Omaha begins in Fort Worth. TCU will square off against Sacred Heart Friday night at 7 on ESPN3.
Relief pitcher Trey Teakell both smiles and shudders when he remembers the 22-inning regional game that TCU played against Sam Houston State a year ago.
TCU’s bullpen is almost unchanged from the group that it took into the postseason last year, so its versatility could again be a strength as the regional tournament begins this year.
TCU closer Riley Ferrell remembers the week in Tulsa, when he blew the first save of his career and the Horned Frogs came home early from the Big 12 tournament, and shakes his head.
Mitchell Traver, R-Fr., RHP
"It's an exciting opportunity to be able to start Game 1. The way I look at is it's no different than any other regular-season start. My goal is to go out there and execute pitches the same way I have all year. We're looking to get a win in Game 1 to set us up in the tournament. I'm thankful to be able to get the opportunity."
The Colleyville Heritage graduate has emerged as a star for N.C. State, the No. 2-seed in the NCAA Regional at TCU’s Lupton Stadium. The Wolfpack plays Stony Brook at 2:30 p.m. today. Palmeiro, the team’s starting first baseman and son of former Texas Ranger Rafael Palmeiro, is batting .316 with seven home runs and a team-high 48 RBIs.
TCU posted a 936 multiyear score in football, and men’s basketball had a 937 — safely above the 930 required for participation in postseason play — but far closer to the cutoff than in recent years. TCU football had a 945 rating last year, a figure that was the lowest since a 953 in 2005.
After going from possible receiver to Heisman candidate quarterback last season, the TCU signal caller will be on one of four players on regional covers of ESPN The Magazine’s college football preview.
Track & Field
TCU track and field punched its first ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, thanks to sophomore Cameron Echols-Luper's solid performance in the men's long jump on Thursday at the NCAA West Prelims.