The Horned Frogs first opponent in this year’s CWS was a fellow Texas school and a team his guys know very well: the Texas Tech Red Raiders from the Big 12. TCU lost two of three to the Red Raiders in the regular season, but they evened that score with a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Sunday.
It seems funny to call Sunday’s CWS win over the Red Raiders a come-from-behind victory, because TCU nursed a 1-0 margin right up until the top of the eighth inning, when Texas Tech took the lead with a two-run rally. The Horned Frogs answered, however, with two of their own in the bottom half of the eighth to regain the lead and go on to win its first-round game over the Red Raiders.
At his postgame press conference, Schlossnagle was asked if he believed in team’s of destiny. The question made specific reference to the Horned Frogs’ 22-inning victory in postseason play this season, beating Pepperdine in the super regionals and the way they came from behind to get the CWS win over Texas Tech:
“I don’t know. I believe teams that have really good pitching – and a good closer – can win baseball games. So if that’s destiny, I’ll take it. But just like a basketball tournament, I mean there’s two national seeds here (at the College World Series). So whomever thought – I know we have some committee members in the room. But they felt they (the teams that were seeded as the top eight teams in the NCAA Baseball Championship this year) were the best eight teams. We had two of them show up here. That’s because in the game of baseball, it’s the team that plays the best (that wins).
“If you get hot and you play the best, then you can be the national champion. And so, we would much rather be the team playing the best than the very best team.”