TCU Baseball’s regular season was a mixed bag; the Frogs dropped winnable series to Oklahoma State and Kansas State t home, but beat WVU and OU twice each on the road. The Frogs won two of their last three conference dates, but, after winning dramatically in Lubbock in 14 innings, whimpered through their final two games.
With their postseason dreams in danger of going unrealized for a second straight year, the Horned Frogs head to Oklahoma City this week knowing they need to win the tournament to be guaranteed a spot in the field, and win at least two games to have a chance otherwise (though the odds are against them).
The Frogs enter the eight-team field as the #6 seed, bracketed against the Cowboys in the opener. TCU and OSU met at Lupton in late March for a contentious three game set; after the Frogs took the opener 7-4, they dropped a pair of one run decisions, including a heart-breaking come from ahead loss.
Should the Frogs advance past Okie State (and with Lodolo on the mound, that’s not an unfair aspiration), they would take on the winner of Baylor and Oklahoma - the Bears swept TCU in Fort Worth while the Frogs took down the Sooners twice in Norman.
In this double elimination tournament, pitching becomes a difference maker, and it will be up to one of the young arms to step up as a fourth starter. The Frogs certainly have the talent, but will they have the consistency?
Game one is scheduled for 7:30pm on Wednesday, airing on Fox College Sports. Game two would be played Thursday at either 12:30 or 7:30pm.
The tournament is one of my favorite events of the year, and is a great experience for college baseball fans. Bricktown is an outstanding venue in a great part of OKC, and it’s well worth the trip if you have never been.
Check out the full bracket below and Go Frogs!