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TCU to host first ever NCAA Regional at Lupton Stadium

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JENNIFER MULHAUSEN

The Ellis County Press

TCU has been chosen as one of 16 schools to host a 2009 NCAA Baseball Regional.

Although this will be the first in TCU’s school history to host a Regional, the TCU baseball program is no stranger to participating in a Regional with six consecutive postseason appearances.

The Horned Frogs were ranked No. 10 in the nation going into last weekend and have a 36-16 record for the year.

"It’s a great statement for what the athletic department and the university has committed to baseball the last eight to ten years.

"We feel real honored to be the team that gets to reap the benefits from that." said Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle.

The Horned Frogs’ conference record this year was 15-5 and they were able to pick up a fourth straight regular season conference title in the process.

"I came in this year as a transfer and what I wanted was to make it to Omaha.

"The best chance for us to get there is to host a Regional and be the number one team," said junior designated hitter Matt Curry from Red Oak.

The format for the Regional will be a field of four teams competing in a double-elimination set-up.

The first game will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29 and will feature second-ranked Texas A&M University against third-ranked Oregon State University.

Top-seeded TCU will take the field against the number four seed Wright State University from Dayton, OH at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

TCU is one of nine hosts that were chosen as at-large selections with Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma making up the other eight.

"We’ve been trying to do this at TCU for a long time. This was a goal that we set out to get since this program started.

"It’s not the ultimate goal but it’s definitely a huge success for us," commented senior third baseman Matt Carpenter of what hosting a Regional means to the TCU baseball team.

"It’s unbelievable, what a great way to go out- getting a chance to when a Regional on your own field. It’s really exciting."

The 16 regional host schools and their records are as follows: Arizona State (43-12 through Saturday, May 23), Tempe, Ariz.; UC Irvine (42-13 through Saturday, May 23), Irvine, Calif.; Cal State Fullerton (41-14 through Saturday, May 23), Fullerton, Calif.; Clemson (40-19), Clemson, S.C.; East Carolina (42-17), Greenville, N.C.; Florida (39-20), Gainesville, Fla.; Florida St. (42-15 through Saturday, May 23), Tallahassee, Fla.; Georgia Tech (35-17-1), Atlanta; LSU (45-16 through Saturday, May 23), Baton Rouge, La.; Louisville (44-15), Louisville, Ky.; Mississippi (40-17), Oxford, Miss.; North Carolina (42-16), Chapel Hill, N.C.; Oklahoma (41-18), Norman, Okla.; Rice (39-15), Houston; Texas (40-13-1 through Saturday, May 23), Austin, Texas; TCU (36-16), Fort Worth, Texas.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning Tuesday, May 26 and will be will initially sold as All-Session reserved seat packages only which includes tickets to each game, with a maximum of seven games.

All-Session prices are $60 for adults and $30 for youth. Single game reserved tickets, if available, will not be sold until the first game and will be $20 for adults and $10 for youth per game.

All seats in Lupton Stadium will be sold as reserved seats, no General Admission.

Once all reserved seats are sold, Standing Room Only will be available on the Grass Hill down the first base line.

Those tickets will only be sold after all reserved seats have been sold and they will be $15 each.

For more information, please contact the TCU ticket office at 817-257-FROG.

"We need people to buy the tickets, and more importantly, we need them to come to games.

"Not just the games that TCU plays, but all the games. There are 302 Division I college baseball teams and there are only 16 that get to host a Regional.

"TCU is one of them.

"You need to be at the ballpark and wear your purple," encouraged Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle.


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