TCU baseball will host a regional for the fifth time in program history, beginning Friday at Lupton stadium, the NCAA announced.
This marks the second straight year that the Frogs will host a regional, making them one of just eight schools to repeat as regional hosts.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said he felt confident that a national seed was in place. He noted key wins at the Dodger Stadium Classic and winning the Big 12 by three games as key resume builders.
“It’s our job to justify what the committee awarded us,” Schlossnagle said. “We Just need to play good baseball.”
The Frogs will host Sacred Heart Friday at 7:00 p.m. Stony Brook and North Carolina State round out the Fort Worth regional, playing Friday at 2:30 p.m. Regional play features a double-elimination format.
Sacred Heart finished the 2015 regular season with a regular season record of 23-30-1. The Pioneers overcame a 1-14 start to reach the Fort Worth regional.
Stony Brook, the America East Conference automatic qualifier, enters regional play with a 34-14-1 record. The Seawolves reached the College World Series in 2012.
North Carolina State enters postseason play coming off a loss to Florida State in the ACC championship game. The Wolfpack have beaten top ranked teams Miami and Louisville. A 2.86 team ERA ranked second in the conference.
The winner of the Fort Worth regional will play the winner of the College Station regional, where Texas A&M, Texas Southern, California and Coastal Carolina will play.
As a national seed, TCU would host a potential super regional, giving them home field advantage as they seek a second consecutive trip to the College World Series.
Senior Preston Morrison said he wants to go 5-0 to end his career at Lupton Stadium, adding playing at home was important to him.
“Our hitters know how to hit there, our pitchers know how to pitch there. For us, it’s an added level of comfort,” he said.