The Frogs are soooooo good at home. You can’t overstate the importance and impact of #LuptonMagic.
TCU hosted NCAA regionals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, advancing each year to play in a Super Regional.
TCU also hosted regionals in 2009, 2010 and 2011, winning in 2009 and 2010.
The Frogs do not underplay the importance of playing at home, where they are 107-23 (.823) the past four seasons. All-time in regionals at Lupton Stadium, the Horned Frogs are 17-3.
“When you’re home, everything is how it’s always been, whether it be in the fall, preseason, most of the spring – getting to be around each other and playing at your own complex,” pitcher Mitchell Traver said. “Lupton Magic is pretty special. I just think it helps us prepare really, really well.”
Texas Tech, as the higher seed, is likely to land the more favorable Houston pairing, while TCU - should they get a top eight seed as expected - will probably land with Arkansas. Frankly, as long as Oklahoma State isn’t in their grouping, I don’t care.
North Carolina is hosting for the ninth time, while Louisville and TCU are hosting a regional for the seventh time. Hosting for the sixth time includes Arkansas and Oregon State, with Long Beach State and Texas Tech hosting for the fifth time. Hosting for the fourth time is Houston, while Wake Forest is hosting for the third time. The final two hosts are Kentucky and Southern Mississippi. Both are hosting for the second time.
It has been a while for Kentucky (2006), Long Beach State (2008), Southern Miss (2003) and Wake Forest (2002), while seven institutions — Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, TCU and Texas Tech — all hosted in 2016.
The Frogs got what they needed in OKC, even if they didn’t bring home the trophy for a second consecutive season. They should feel far more confident after seeing four starting pitchers turn in excellent games.
TCU won three straight after a tournament-opening loss to Kansas and came close to pulling off a run out of the elimination bracket. The second game was a one-run contest after Josh Watson’s sacrifice fly and Evan Williams’ RBI single cut the Texas lead to 3-2 in the second.
“We really needed to test our toughness,” said third baseman Elliott Barzilli, who had nine hits in the tournament for TCU. “We got a good test, and we can learn from it and get ready for when it’s really important. I think we made a lot of big strides this tournament,” Barzilli said. “Even though we didn’t get the ultimate goal, winning the tournament, I think we can take a lot out of this and build off of it and use it for momentum.”