I can’t believe it.
TCU Baseball’s improbable run in Oklahoma City was apparently enough to impress the selection committee, as the Horned Frogs were announced as part of the 64 team NCAA Road to Omaha field Monday afternoon.
The Frogs will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend, where they will be the #3 seed in a grouping that includes the Razorbacks, California, and Central Connecticut State.
It’s an interesting pairing for TCU, who faces a familiar rival in the Hogs, who went 41-17 on the season (and feature former Frogs Zach Plunkett and Coby Boulware), the Golden Bears - who fans are familiar with due to the greatest bowl game of all time - a historically great program who were 17-11 in a strong Pac 12 Conference, and CCSU, who won the NEC to earn an auto bid.
TCU went 32-26 on the season and 11-13 in Big 12 play, but had some big wins down the stretch, including road series over WVU and Oklahoma. The Frogs came up an inning short of playing for a conference tournament championship in Oklahoma City over the weekend, falling Sunday morning to eventual champions Oklahoma State. With an RPI of 59, it’s a little surprising that the Frogs got in, but a championship-caliber offense and one of the best pitchers in all of college baseball makes them a tough out, even on the road. In a double-elimination setup, TCU certainly has the arms to get it done, and will make it tough on any opponent - especially if they get the same strong performances from Nick Lodolo, Charles King, Brandon Williamson, and Jared Janczak that we saw last week.
The Big 12 has three regional hosts in the bracket, with national seed Texas Tech (#8 overall), #9 Oklahoma State, and #15 West Virginia all welcoming teams to their towns. OSU will play their games at Bricktown Ballpark in OKC due to flooding in Stillwater, but they played very well in their home away from home last week.
Here are the dates and times for the opening games:
After a one-year hiatus, TCU Baseball is back on the road to Omaha. Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak, Josh Watson, and Johnny Rizer have one last run - and I have a feeling they will make the most of it.