FORT WORTH — After a one-year hiatus, TCU baseball is back in the NCAA Baseball Regionals.
The regional brackets were announced Monday, and TCU was a surprise selection into the field after going 32-26 overall and 11-13 in Big 12 play. But the Horned Frogs (No. 59 in RPI) had a strong showing in the Big 12 Conference Tournament, losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Oklahoma State.
TCU will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas as the region’s No. 3 seed and face the No. 2-seeded Cal Bears at 6 p.m. Friday.
TCU’s selection into the NCAA Regionals comes as welcome news to Johnson County baseball fans as Alvarado’s Adam Oviedo and Godley’s Bobby Goodloe continue to see action for the Frogs this season.
Oviedo, a sophomore, is batting .288 with 32 RBIs and three home runs with a .435 slugging percentage and 27 runs scored in 47 starts. Goodloe, a true freshman, is hitting .273 with 14 RBIs in 30 starts.
Several times throughout the season, the left side of TCU’s infield has been Johnson County alum with Oviedo at shortstop and Goodloe at third base, including recently.
In TCU’s 7-6 loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday, Oviedo went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored while Goodloe went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. In a 13-6 win over the Cowboys on Saturday, Goodloe went 2-for-4 with a walk while Oviedo went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.
TCU has now made the NCAA Regionals in 14 of 16 seasons under Coach Jim Schlossnagle, and it’s the Frogs’ 16th overall trip to regionals, including appearances in 1956 and 1994.
The other game in the Fayetteville Regional will see No. 1 Arkansas take on No. 4 Central Connecticut State. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday and run through Monday.
The winner of the Fayetteville Regional will play the winner of the Oxford (Ole Miss) Regional in the Super Regionals.
There are 16 regional tournaments across the country, and one team from each will emerge from a double-elimination style tournament.
The Big 12 earned five total bids as Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia were all selected as host sites while Baylor earned a No. 2 seed at the Los Angeles (UCLA) Regional.