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A Recent History of TCU in the Super Regionals

The Horned Frogs have made it to the Super Regional round six of the past eight years. Let's take a walk down memory lane to remember how they fared in the previous five.

TCU dogpiles down in Austin after clinching their first College World Series appearance.
TCU dogpiles down in Austin after clinching their first College World Series appearance.

TCU baseball has been one of the most consistently successful college baseball programs over the past handful of years, reaching the Super Regionals five times since 2009, while going to three College World Series in that same time span.

As the Frogs head into Super Regional number six in the past eight years, let's take a look at the last five times TCU made it this far in the tournament.

2009 - Austin Super Regional vs. Texas (Lost, 1-2)

The 2009 version of TCU baseball was a team loaded with talent. Guys like Bryan Holaday, Matt Carpenter, and Matt Curry helped what was largely a young squad (with freshmen like Taylor Featherston, Jantzen Witte, Kyle Winkler, and Jason Coats) reach their third-consecutive 40+ win season, and their fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

The Frogs hosted 2-seed Texas A&M, 3-seed Oregon State, and 4-seed Wright State in the Fort Worth Regional, going 3-0 to advance to the Super Regional. The Frogs and Aggies didn't meet in this regional, with Oregon State knocking off Texas A&M twice to send them home.

TCU then headed south to Austin, to face off against the No. 1 National Seed Texas Longhorns. The Frogs took Texas to three games, before the Longhorns would eventually advance to the College World Series.

2010 - Austin Super Regional vs. Texas (Won, 2-1)

The 2010 TCU team will go down as arguably the best team in TCU baseball history. They won 54 games, led by Johnny Bench Award Winner Bryan Holaday, Matt Purke, Kyle Winkler, Jason Coats, and Josh Elander, and earned their second consecutive Regional host, and fifth consecutive tournament appearance.

The Frogs hosted 2-seed Baylor, 3-seed Arizona, and 4-seed Lamar, beating all three by a combined 36-8 to sweep the Regional.

The Frogs once again headed to Austin, where the No. 2 National Seed Longhorns were waiting. This time, though, TCU broke through. After a 3-1 victory in game one, Texas absolutely shelled the Frogs in game 2, 14-1. The rubber match saw TCU win 4-1 and earn their first ever College World Series appearance.

2012 - Los Angeles Super Regional vs. UCLA (Lost, 0-2)

2012 saw TCU win the Mountain West conference for the seventh consecutive season (every season they were in the conference), and reach the 40-win mark for the sixth consecutive time. The Frogs were a very young squad, with sophomores Kevin Cron, Keaton Jones, Brandon Finnegan and Derek Odell, plus freshman Preston Morrison, helping TCU to over-achieve throughout the year.

The Frogs failed to host a regional in 2012, but they headed to College Station as the 2-seed, along with 3-seed Ole Miss and 4-seed Dayton. TCU dropped their opening game to Ole Miss 6-2, before bludgeoning Dayton 28-12 in the losers bracket.

The Frogs then eliminated Texas A&M from their own regional 10-2, before winning back-to-back games against Ole Miss, 5-2 and 7-4, to earn a trip to the Supers.

TCU was overwhelmed by UCLA in the Super Regional, losing the first two games 6-2 and 4-1. The Bruins' pitching was simply too much for TCU's bats that weekend.

2014 - Fort Worth Super Regional vs. Pepperdine (Won, 2-1)

After an incredibly disappointing 2013 campaign, one that saw TCU's tournament streak snapped and had folks crowing that the Frogs didn't belong in the Big 12. Led by guys like Brandon Finnegan, Preston Morrison, Kevin Cron, Keaton Jones, Kyle Bacak, Dylan Fitzgerald, Boomer White, and Riley Ferrell (and that's leaving off a handful of other impact names), TCU put the hammer down for basically an entire season, winning 48 games and finishing 2nd in the conference. TCU won the Big 12 Tournament as well, and earned the No. 7 National Seed.

The Fort Worth Regional was one to remember, with TCU knocking off 4-seed Siena 2-1 in 11 innings, leading them to a game 2 matchup against 3-seed Sam Houston State. That fateful 22-inning game saw the birth of the Woo Bird, as well as a 3-2 TCU victory well into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

TCU would beat Sam Houston State once more the following day (after SHSU defeated Siena, who knocked 2-seed Dallas Baptist out of the tournament). The Frogs simply wore down the Bearkats, and won 6-1.

Pepperdine headed to Fort Worth for the Super Regional as a 3-seed, upsetting 1-seed Cal Poly and 2-seed Arizona State to reach the Round of 16. The Frogs and Waves played each other incredibly close, with neither team managing anything more than a one run win. TCU won the first game 3-2, lost the second game 3-2, and won the final game 6-5, to earn TCU's second trip to the College World Series.

2015 - Fort Worth Super Regional vs. Texas A&M (Won, 2-1)

This is the one team that could rival the 2010 squad for the title of "Best TCU Baseball Team Ever." The Frogs won 51 games that year, thanks to all of the guys listed above (minus Fitzgerald), as well as a few other guys like Tyler Alexander, Cody Jones, Evan Skoug, Connor Wanhanen, Nolan Brown, and Trey Teakell (and, again, so many other guys).

TCU once again earned the No. 7 National Seed, and hosted a regional that included 2-seed NC State, 3-seed Stony Brook, and 4-seed Sacred Heart. After dispatching of Sacred Heart, TCU stumbled in the winner's bracket against NC State. This forced the Frogs into an elimination game against Stony Brook, which TCU won 8-3.

Much like in 2012, TCU then had to win two games against NC State to advance to the next round. After winning the first game 8-2, the Frogs had all they could handle from the Wolfpack on the Monday night, winner-take-all bout. The Frogs found themselves down to NC State 8-1 heading to the eighth inning, with things looking incredibly bleak.

A six-run eighth inning, inspired by four NC State errors, a balk, and four walks, with just two TCU hits, helped the Frogs come to within 8-7 heading into the final frame. A balk with one out allowed Derek Odell to move to third base, and another passed ball allowed him to score the tying run.

Enter: Elliott Barzilli, a Georgia Tech transfer who had played sparingly all season. He came up to the plate with runners on first and third and one out  in the bottom of the 10th, and he slapped the first pitch he saw into right field for the game-winning hit, sending TCU to their second-consecutive Super Regional.

TCU then hosted Texas A&M in a fiery three game series that saw the final two games go extra innings. The Frog fans were loud. The Aggie fans were loud. Woos and bubbles were rampant, and it all came down to a 16-inning marathon that saw Garrett Crain take a risk, and get rewarded.

The series win gave TCU their second-consecutive College World Series appearance, and third in the last six seasons.