The crack of a ball hitting a bat, the smell of fresh peanuts and grilled hot dogs, singing the alma mater/fight song at the end of every game, sunny days, tailgating…baseball season in Fort Worth is one of the best! But what could possibly be even better than the Frogs playing a home game at Lupton Stadium?…How about the Frogs playing a game in OMAHA at Ameritrade Park!
That’s right, as most of you know by now the TCU baseball team officially made it down the road to Omaha. The team arrived in Omaha on Thursday afternoon, marking their second trip to the College World Series in TCU history. Their first appearance in the CWS was in 2010, but many TCU fans knew that the current team would make it this year too; they were brewing something special from the beginning.
The Road to Omaha (or more popular among TCU fans: the Toad to Omaha) became real when TCU won the Big XII Tournament title. But while hosting Regionals and Super Regionals in Fort Worth, TCU had to put up a fight in order to protect Lupton, and they did just that. The Frogs beat Siena 2-1, Sam Houston State 3-2 (a 22 inning game that went until 2:29 a.m.), Sam Houston State again the next day 6-1 winning Regionals, and then beat Pepperdine two out of a three game series winning Super Regionals. The final game of the series (6-5) was a wild one to say the least. The Frogs were trailing behind the Pepperdine Waves most of the game, but with catcher Kyle Bacak executing a suicide squeeze to help score the winning run, it’s safe to say that there were Frog fans across the country going ecstatic!
Known for having an outstanding and deep pitching staff, scoring runs in every way possible, and having all the talent, health, and luck it takes to get this far, the 2013-14 TCU Baseball team really did prove themselves to be something special.
This moment is especially exciting for a few Alpha Chi’s who hold a special place in their hearts for the baseball team. Jill Rosso, Blair Bowen, Anna Schuster, and Carly Marston are members of TCU Diamond Darlings. The Diamond Darlings serve as ball/bat girls in the dugouts, hand out programs and giveaways, and work birthday parties at the stadium. Carly was even working the dugout during the last games played at Lupton, and she got to see firsthand the”frog-pile” after TCU won the game to clench a spot in Omaha. Rising Junior Jill Rosso said, “Watching the team grow throughout the whole season and seeing them finally make it to Omaha made me so happy. They definitely deserve it!” The Frogs have won 32 of their last 36 games played, and the road continues this Sunday when TCU takes on Texas Tech.
With all of that being said, good luck in Omaha boys! Alpha Chi Omega and Frog fans alike are overwhelmingly proud of your hard work that finally paid off. We will all be cheering you on both from our TV’s at home and live in Omaha this weekend. Y’all have been fun to watch this year; Riff Ram and GO FROGS!