In a rare show of empathy, the NCAA showed the Frogs a little mercy by giving them the Saturday series start date over Friday, allowing TCU to catch up a bit after rain and lightning led to nearly 30 hours of delays over Regional play in Fort Worth. Though they were still able to finish their series Monday night - thanks to a three game sweep - which is when many other teams qualified as well - getting a day back is huge for the pitching staff and sets them up well going forward.
The Frogs and Bears will play game one Saturday at 5:00 pm, followed by game two Sunday at the same time. Both games will be televised on ESPNU. Should a third game be needed to decided the winner, it will be played Monday at a time to be announced.
The bracket has been set for the Supers and Omaha, and looming on TCU’s side is a very familiar foe - the Texas A&M Aggies, who play Davidson starting Friday. TCU has eliminated A&M the last two years; they beat them in Fort Worth in 2015 and College Station a season ago, both times with Omaha at stake.
Meeting the Aggies on the grand stage would be a juicy matchup for the two fanbases and college baseball fans in general. Personally, I will be rooting for the Wildcats.
In other action, Kentucky and Louisville play for a chance to make the College World Series, while the high-powered Wake Forest offense matches up with the power pitching of the Florida Gators. Whichever four teams advance out of those four series will be true contenders for a national title. On the other side, the #1 overall seed in the tournament, Oregon State, takes on a Vanderbilt team that has ridden a wave of emotion to the Supers, and is hitting their stride at the right time. Long Beach State and Cal Fullerton matchup in an all Big West matchup, guaranteeing the conference will be represented in Omaha. Sam Houston State, which surprisingly took the Lubbock Regional away from Tech, will take on a Florida State team which made a late run to host, and Mississippi State and a dangerous LSU team face off in an all-SEC matchup. It’s going to be a fun weekend across the country with some great baseball - you can see the entire schedule here - with the best of it being played by the Frogs in Fort Worth, we hope.
The #ToadToOmaha resumes Saturday night at Lupton Stadium. Go Frogs. #NEGU