In a season riddled with bumps in the road, we couldn't really expect a smooth ride all the way to Omaha, could we? Maybe not, but I don't think many of us expected the Frogs to lose their opening game in San Diego to the lowest seed in the MWC Tournament. I'm generally in a pretty grumpy mood after a defeat, so I'll let David Peterson of hornedfrogsports.com have the honors of dissecting last night's 4-3 loss to New Mexico.
TCU has won the MWC Tournament after having lost a game in it before, in 2008, but that loss came a round later than this one. The Frogs will now need to win 4 consecutive games- in 3 days- to claim the trophy. That's a tall task, one that the 2009 team was not up to after dropping their first game in that year's tournament (in Fort Worth) to Utah. They were able to win their first game in the loser's bracket, but succumbed in the next game, again to the Utes- who ended up winning the tournament to stamp their ticket to the NCAAs. It should be noted, though, that not winning the conference tournament that year did not keep TCU from hosting an NCAA Regional.
First up in the long road back to the conference tournament title is taking on either BYU or San Diego State this afternoon at 5:00pm Fort Worth time. The Cougars and Aztecs play in an elimination game this afternoon at 1:00pm. Freshman Andrew Mitchell will be on the mound for TCU, and will be counted on to eat up as many innings as he can given the possibility that the team could be playing 36 innings (or even more if a game goes to extras) in the next 72 hours.
To keep your head straight in the confusion that a double-elimination format can sometimes create, here are links to the full tournament schedule as well as the bracket. The schedule link ought to contain a link to the gametracker and/or live audio of the BYU-SDSU game at 1:00pm, but you can also keep tabs with the action on twitter by following @TheMWCOlySports. The TCU game at 5:00pm can be heard on 88.7 FM if you're in or near Fort Worth, or online at ktcu.net. All of these games are being televised live on The Mtn and CBS-College Sports, for those of you who are at home.