TCU ‘honored’ to host stiff competition in regional
If the Horned Frogs want to make a fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series, they’ll be doing it the hard way.
TCU’s reward for garnering the No. 6 national seed is hosting one of the toughest regionals in the country with University of Virginia, Dallas Baptist, and Central Connecticut state coming to Lupton Stadium this weekend.
“We feel very honored to have the privilege to host, it’s not something we take lightly,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We look forward to a great weekend for baseball.”
UVA has won 22 of its last 29 games behind .400 hitter Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith, who set the team’s single-season RBI record with 72. Both are projected to be top ten picks in the upcoming MLB Draft. The Cavaliers have won 42 games this season, the same number as the Frogs.
DBU, a team that has clubbed 84 home runs, matched TCU, Florida, Louisville and LSU as the only teams with 40 wins in each of the past four seasons. The Patriots are also coming into Fort Worth on fire, winning 22 of their last 26 games.
Central Connecticut State has won 13 of its 15 games and led the Northeast Conference in team ERA.
“I don’t know Dallas Baptist’s RPI, but I know they’re really good because we see them all the time and play them all the time,” Schlossnagle said. “To be frank, Virginia was a team that more than deserved to be a very high seed and host a regional. Why that didn’t happen, I don’t know. Any time a program like that is a two-seed in any regional, it makes it very very strong. Central Connecticut has won 36 games.”
The Frogs are 17-3 all-time in regional games at Lupton Stadium, and they’ve won six regional championships in the last nine seasons.
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