TCU Regional Tournament Recap

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        After accumulating a 41-19 overall record and 17-7 in the conference. Then tying for first place in the Big 12 Conference and winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference, the TCU Horned Frogs baseball season has ended. After playing in the NCAA Regional Tournament, their season came to an end, where they played three games. 

        The tournament was played at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, and began Friday, June 4th, and went until Sunday, June 6th. The Horned Frogs in the three days would play each day as they looked to keep their season alive trying to get to Omaha. 

Day One

        The tournament began Friday, June 4th at 6 pm, and the Horned Frogs began their regional tournament against the Mcneese State Cowboys. The contest started with the Horned Frogs trailing early in the first inning by going down 2-1. Then both teams would go cold until the 7th inning. From that point, the Horned Frogs would hit the gas and put six on the board up to bat. 

        Now up 7-2 in the game, the Horned Frogs would go into the eighth inning by putting up another five scores. Scoring 11 runs in two innings and not allowing any, the team now up 12-2 would go into the ninth inning. The Cowboys would sneak then two more runs before getting their third out to end the game. 

        Doing so would give TCU their first win in the NCAA Regional Tournament round by a score of 12-4. The win would also give them their 41st win of the season. It also sent them to the second round with momentum on their side.

Day Two 

        The second day of the tournament for the Horned Frogs began on Saturday, June 5th, at 6 pm. TCU in the game would play their neighboring town, the Dallas Baptist Patriots. The Patriots on the season are 39-16, and while having a fairly successful season would take it the Horned Frogs. 

        The game started off slow, with not a single run scored in the first inning. Then in the second, Dallas Baptist would get the show started with two runs. TCU would then not respond until the fourth with three runs of their own, putting them up 3-2. 

        Halfway through the contest, the Horned Frogs would score once in the sixth and twice in the seventh. As the team began to extend their lead, the Patriots would respond in the seventh with five runs of their own. This would then put the Horned Frogs down 7-6, heading in the eighth inning. With their season on the line, the team would go cold up to bat and let Dallas Baptist score another run. 

        From there, the Horned Frogs would go onto lose their first game against the Dallas Baptist Patriots 6-8. This would send them to the losers bracket, where they would fight to keep their season alive. 

Day Three

        On the third and final day, the TCU Horned faced off against the Oregon State Beavers. With their season on the line after falling to Dallas Baptist, the TCU Horned Frogs, in a must-win situation. They would fight to keep their season alive. The contest began with the Horned Frogs scoring once in the first and once in the third. Then on the mound, the team would keep the Beavers off the scoreboard until the fifth. 

        Halfway through the contest, the Beavers would finally respond with two runs of their own to even the score 2-2. In the low-scoring affair, the game would come down to the final inning of the contest. The TCU Horned Frogs, who had a rough day when up to bat, would not be able to pull ahead. The Beavers would take advantage of the drought and score a single run in the ninth to win the game. The TCU Horned Frogs would lose their last game in the NCAA Regional Tournament 3-2 to end their season. 


        With a season full of hope and high expectations, the TCU Horned Frogs fell early in the NCAA Regional Tournament ending their season. However, the Horned Frogs would end their season with a 41-19 overall record. 17-7 in the Big 12 Conference, and a couple of titles to add. Those titles being tied for a Big 12 regular-season conference championship and a winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference.

        While it may be disappointing the Horned Frogs fell short of their ultimate goal, the success of the 2021 season shall not be forgotten. The TCU Horned Frogs will now turn their attention to improving going into the 2022 season.

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Written by Campus Live Intern Trinity Porter

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