It was a little less dramatic this time around- but for the second straight year, TCU won as regional hosts and are headed to play UT in the Super Regionals. A year ago, Jason Coats won the Fort Worth Regional with a walk-off single to beat Oregon State. This year it was Kaleb Merck closing out Baylor in the 9th after the Bears' lineup was flummoxed by Steven Maxwell for 8 innings.
If you venture over to Baylorfans.com, you can get a little taste of the kind of conversation that the Baylor fans I sat next to last night were having regarding TCU. They didn't seem to think that TCU's third starter would be much of a problem for the Bears, since TCU "plays in the WAC". When Maxwell gave up a triple and surrendered a walk to start the 4th, they commented that "this is why TCU couldn't compete in the Big 12- they're good enough to hang around for a few innings, but they're already running out of gas". They fell pretty silent as a strike out and then double play got the Frogs out of the jam, and then as the home team continued to pile on the runs in the 9-0 win.
Now it's on to Austin...again, which ought to be a really great series given the dominant pitching of both squads. I'm sure the idea of spending a weekend soaking in a marinade of UT arrogance will surely inspire some vitriol on this website (and others) this week, but until then I'll leave you with what, in my mind, is the new theme song of TCU baseball after the folks out in the right field party patios burned it into my brain last night by playing in between every pitch:
Seems goofy, I know, but it really seemed to be a good luck charm last night.