Jim Schlossnagle annoyed by A.J. Balta's MVP snub
TCU needed to win the Big 12 Conference tournament to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, according to most observers of the selection process.
If so, the Horned Frogs' 6-5 loss to Baylor in 11 innings in Sunday's Big 12 title game may have doomed the team's postseason chances.
The field of 64 teams will be announced at 11 a.m. Monday on ESPN. TCU has reached the postseason in 13 of coach Jim Schlossnagle's 14 previous seasons.
"You can be Pollyanna and think you've got a shot but we were swept three times in our league," Schlossangle said. "I think we've played well of late. If we were to get lucky and get in I think we'd play well. It shouldn't even be up in the air; we should have won the game today."
The Frogs were swept at Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas. One win in each series, or maybe just two of them, would have been enough to secure an at-large berth. A home loss to Abilene Christian also was an RPI killer for TCU.
Having a game rained out at UCLA also didn't help.
The Frogs (33-23) are sitting at No. 54 in the RPI rankings. The Big 12, however, is ranked the No. 2 conference in the country (behind the Southeastern Conference). If TCU is snubbed, it's likely to limit the conference to just five teams in the tournament.
TCU's reputation as a national power could help give them a nod over other borderline schools. The Frogs are the only school to reach the previous four College World Series.
They've also finished strong without their top pitcher (Jared Janczak) and top slugger (Luken Baker), who have been out with injuries since April. TCU has won 14 of their past 20 games.
"The way this team has been playing lately, I think this team truly does deserve to go to a regional," said TCU outfielder A.J. Balta, who was named to the Big 12 all-tournament team after collecting 13 RBIs in four games. "With our star guys out I think the team is finally coming together."