Though they were denied a Top 4 overall seed, the Horned Frogs will play their NCAA Tournament games at home for as long as they stay alive — or until the reach Omaha.
Monday morning, the NCAA announced TCU Baseball as the #6 overall seed, a Regional and potential Super Regional host. The Frogs will face off with Dallas Baptist, Oregon State, and McNeese State in the opening weekend and are matched up with the Columbia Regional, hosted by Old Dominion and featuring Virginia and South Carolina.
The Frogs will open with McNeese State Friday night, following the opening matchup between Oregon State and DBU. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 4 and run through Monday.
The road won’t be easy, though: the Frogs will play a very dangerous DBU team as well as one of the Pac 12’s best set of pitchers in Fort Worth, and should they advance, will likely face one of a trio of really talented teams: red hot Virginia, South Carolina — who many expected to be a top 16 seed — or ODU, who won 42 games in 2021. Jacksonville, the fourth team in that region, went just 16-32 but made the field as an auto-qualifier by way of winning their conference tournament.
TCU is one of three Big 12 teams to earn National Seeds, alongside #2 Texas and #8 Texas Tech. Oklahoma State also made the tournament field as the conference sent almost half its member teams to the postseason. Kansas State, who many felt deserved a bid, did not get invited to the field of 64, and Baylor would be the first team off the replacement list should a team in the field not be able to play due to COVID-related issues (I am sure Kim Mulkey loves that).
The Frogs celebrated the announcement with a watch party in the new Club Suites at Amon G Carter Stadium. The event was open to the public, and a solid group of fans made their way out despite the inclement weather. The mood was festive indoors as the Frog fam spent time congratulating and celebrating with the two-time Big 12 Champions, who could not have been more gracious with their time.
This is the Frogs’ 17th overall trip to the regionals. The previous 16 trips came in 1956, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. TCU is one of just 12 teams nationally to play in 15 of the last 17 regionals. The Horned Frogs are one of just five schools to serve as a host for the eighth time in the last 12 years consecutive season.