After dominating a weak Big 12 throughout the season, the TCU Horned Frogs earned the No. 7 National Seed, and will be hosting North Carolina State, Stony Brook and Sacred Heart in the first week of the NCAA Tournament.
That is one of the weakest regional fields possible, as d1baseball points out. Stony Brook is just 2-8 against the RPI top 100, and Sacred Heart was just 23-30-1 this year, and finished 3rd in the NEC with a 13-11 conference record.
TCU may have the best pitching staff in the country. Their 2.33 ERA only trails No. 1 seed UCLA, and their 1.06 WHIP also only falls behind the Bruins. What makes what the Horned Frogs staff has done more impressive than UCLA is that their offense does not do a lot to back them up.
TCU’s offensive numbers are, well….offensive. The only category that they’re actually decent in is stolen bases, sitting 12th overall with 101 swiped bags. But the 75th-best batting average and 95th-best scoring average are not impressive at all by a team that played against weak competition in the Big 12 all year.
The only sort of challenger to the Horned Frogs this weekend will be 2-seed NC State. Just like TCU, the Wolfpack rely on pitching to get the job done. But still, this is a team that finished with a 15-14 record in the ACC. It’s not like they’ve experienced a ton of success this year either.
By no fault of their own, TCU got an extremely easy draw for the first weekend, and should make it through unscathed, where a date with Texas A&M in the Super Regionals looms. The Horned Frogs may not even give up a run this weekend given how poor the competition is.
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