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Shut out: TCU baseball misses postseason for just second time in 15 years

Jim Schlossnagle annoyed by A.J. Balta's MVP snub

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle was emotional after the Horned Frogs' 6-5 loss to Baylor in 11 innings on Sunday. He was irate that A.J. Balta was not named tournament MVP.
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TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle was emotional after the Horned Frogs' 6-5 loss to Baylor in 11 innings on Sunday. He was irate that A.J. Balta was not named tournament MVP.

TCU will not get a chance to return to a fifth consecutive College World Series in 2018.

The NCAA tournament bracket was released Monday morning and the Horned Frogs, who finished sixth in the Big 12 during the regular season and then lost the Big 12 tournament championship in 11 innings to Baylor on Sunday, did not earn an at-large berth for just the second time in coach Jim Schlossnagle's 15 seasons at the school. The Frogs also missed out in 2012, when they went 29-28 in their first season in the Big 12.

"We're incredibly disappointed in our season," Schlossnagle said. "There are reasons why we didn't achieve our goals but there are no excuses. I take ownership of everything that happens in our program and I let our fans down."

TCU (33-23) was undone by a low ratings percentage index ranking of No. 57, down three spots after Sunday's loss. The selection committee likely docked the Horned Frogs for being swept (on the road) by Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas.

A win in at least two of those series probably would have been enough to improve their RPI ranking. A home loss to Abilene Christian was also an RPI killer. A rained out game at UCLA in early March also did them no favors. Even losing that game would have potentially been better for TCU's RPI than not playing the game at all.

Five teams from the Big 12 earned postseason berths. Texas Tech was named the No. 6 national seed and will host the Lubbock Regional. Regular-season champion Texas was named the No. 13 national seed and will host the Austin Regional.

Baylor is the No. 2 seed at the Stanford Regional. Oklahoma State is the No. 3 seed at the DeLand Regional hosted by Stetson. Oklahoma is the No. 3 seed at the Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State.

A year ago seven Big 12 teams earned berths, tied for the second most schools from a conference with the ACC behind the SEC's eight.

"We woke up this morning hard at work to improve in every area," Schlossnagle said.

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