Letter to the Editor: Baseball team down but not out

I’d like to respond to Mary Sue Greenleaf’s column in Friday’s issue titled “Baseball team still on break.” In it, she suggests that 27 games into the TCU baseball season, the Frogs’ chances of getting to Omaha for the College World Series are slim. At the time of the article, TCU had an overall record of 20-7. In 2009 when the Frogs were one win away from getting to Omaha, their record was 18-9 through the first 27 games. During that span they had two losses to a Baylor team that finished eighth of the 10 Big 12 teams, a one run loss to Oklahoma, and the Frogs had a 5-3 record in conference play. Yet, TCU went on to win their fourth consecutive Mountain West Conference regular season championship with a 15-5 conference record and hosted the school’s first ever Regional.

While the recent losses have hurt the Frogs, it has hurt their chances of hosting a Regional, not necessarily of getting to Omaha. In the 2009 NCAA Baseball Tournament, three teams that had to play on the road in the Regionals made it to the Super Regionals, and all three – Virginia, Arkansas and Southern Miss – made it to the College World Series.

In 2008, again three teams that played on the road in the Regional round made it to the Super Regionals, with the Fresno State Bulldogs, a No. 4 seed in their regional, getting to Omaha and winning the national title.

These examples show that it is not impossible for the 2010 TCU Horned Frogs to make a run at Omaha. The Frogs have talent on the mound and have shown this season that their bats can put up big numbers. TCU’s “downward spiral to No. 12” in the polls as Greenleaf puts it, still has the Frogs among the nation’s elite. Instead of throwing in the towel on our 2010 Horned Frogs, we should get out and support them as they play the second half of their season.

Jon Wulf is a senior film-TV-digital media major from Omaha, Neb.