TCU was named one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts Sunday evening shortly after claiming the Big 12 tournament title with a 7-1 win over Oklahoma State.
The news was no surprise. The Horned Frogs have hosted three Regionals before (2009-11) and the team’s current résumé continues to sparkle with a top 15 ratings percentage index ranking, and now the tournament title of a league with the second-best RPI in the nation. TCU has won 27 of its last 30 games.
“It’s a good conference and Oklahoma State’s a great team and we’re a great team and there’s a number of other great teams in the conference,” TCU first baseman Kevin Cron said. “So to come out on top is big for us and we’d love to get the national seed obviously, but we did everything we could regardless of what ends up happening.”
The Frogs figure to earn their first national seed when the NCAA’s 64-team field is announced at 11 a.m. Monday. The eight national seeds will be announced at that time. The national seeds get to host the NCAA Super Regionals if they advance.
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OSU (45-16), which won the Big 12 regular-season title, also has an outside shot at earning a national seed.
“One of the two of us better get one,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We’ve earned that. Whether it happens or not is out of our control. But it’s not like you get to go right to the Super Regional. You still have to play a four-team tournament between now and then. It is a feather in your cap but at the end of the day you still have to go play baseball.”
Suiter among honorees
Jerrick Suiter was named the Big 12 tournament Most Outstanding Player and five teammates were named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team. Pitchers Tyler Alexander, Preston Morrison and Jordan Kipper were joined by second baseman Garrett Crain and center field Cody Jones.
“They had to go through a nightmare last year. It’s not life or death but it wasn’t fun, especially for the standards this program has. I just like to see the smiles on their faces. They’ve been through a lot here so I like seeing them rewarded because they’ve earned it.” — TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle on the team rebounding from a 29-28 season in 2013.