Most TCU fans remember the 2015 Super Regional quite well. The Saturday, Sunday, Monday series took extra innings to decide, but the entire series was a showcase of two Texas baseball programs delivering haymakers to each other in an effort to reach the College World Series.
Any serious baseball talk was drowned out prior to the weekend, thanks to the #TCU15 fiasco. Nobody knew how many Aggies would actually show, and while it was quite a few (about 1,200 or so), Texas A&M fans didn't even come close to carpeting Lupton in maroon like they so confidently claimed they would.
Once the first game started, woos and whoops and bubbles and claps filled Lupton, setting the stage for what would be an intense three days of baseball.
TCU's 13-4 whipping of A&M in game one had Frog fans feeling like we were going to breeze to Omaha, and as the maroon-clad horde wandered out of Lupton's gates early, it seemed like they thought so too.
Game two was a different story, with the Aggies winning a pitcher's duel 2-1 in 10 innings.
Game three, though, was one for the ages. 7,294 fans showed up to witness a 16-inning heavyweight bout that ended in spectacular fashion.
TCU pulled out to a 4-1 lead through the first six innings, thanks in part to Connor Wanhanen's first collegiate home run and 6 2/3 beautiful innings from Alex Young. However, a run in the eighth, and two in the ninth, for Texas A&M meant that more than the standard nine innings would be needed to determine which squad would advance.
Both teams played great defense and got good pitching in the early extras. Mitchell Traver came on for the Frogs in the 11th inning and lit the world on fire for four innings, striking out six in the process.
In the bottom of the 16th, though, TCU finally broke through. Garrett Crain walked to lead off the inning, battling for 10 pitches before reaching first base. Wanhanen also walked, and with two outs Evan Skoug graced the batter's box.
Skoug smoked a pitch down the third base line that ricocheted off the Aggie infielder's glove. TCU fans were overjoyed as they saw the error, and Crain reach third base, but were immediately slung into a state of panic when they saw him round third and head for home. Texas A&M's third baseman was on the back edge of the infield, and he collected the ball and threw towards home plate. The throw was low, and it skipped away from the Aggie catcher and Crain arrived safely at home.
As Crain slid safely into home, TCU fans went ballistic and the Frogs bolted from their dugout to pile on to Skoug.
Now, the Aggies are looking to redeem themselves for last year's series loss to TCU, while the Frogs are looking to advance to their third consecutive College World Series.
The roles are reversed this season, with A&M being the National Seed and host, and a capable, young, TCU team heading on the road with a legitimate chance at the upset. With last year still fresh on everyone's mind, this should be a series to remember, full of intensity from both sides, and quality baseball all around.