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TCU's Evan Skoug smiles during a win at ASU in 2015. (Shotgun Spratling)

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Fort Worth Regional Breakdown

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Fort Worth Regional Participants

TCU 42-15 15-9 (3rd Big 12) Automatic Roster Statistics
Arizona State 34-21 16-14 (5th Pac-12) At-Large Roster Statistics
Gonzaga 35-19 18-9 (2nd WCC) At-Large Roster Statistics
Oral Roberts 38-19 22-8 (1st Summit) Automatic Roster Statistics

Regional Superlatives

Most Exciting Player: Evan Skoug, c, TCU. I’ll never forget Skoug Tigger-hopping to the dugout after a third out in extra innings of the nearly six-hour Super Regional clincher last season. He plays with joy and a thunderous bat.

Best Hitter: Luken Baker, dh, TCU. He’s already becoming a folk hero in Fort Worth, especially after he destroyed everything in his path during the Big 12 tournament.

Best Defensive Player: Brian Serven, c, Arizona State. Serven catches and throws well and is the heart and soul of the Sun Devils roster.

Best Pitcher: Brandon Bailey, rhp, Gonzaga. Don’t let the 5-foot-10 frame fool you. He’s got nasty stuff and a lion heart.

X-Factor: Mitchell Traver, rhp, TCU. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound righthander has yet to go more than four innings since returning from injury, but he could be the best pitcher in this regional. If he is on, TCU will be even tougher to beat.

Best Starting Rotation: Gonzaga. The weekend rotation of Brandon Bailey, Eli Morgan and Hunter Wells combined to strike out 288 batters in 264.2 innings.

Best Bullpen: TCU. Because of injuries to Luken Baker and Mitchell Traver, there weren’t many deep starts this season, giving several bullpen arms chances to shine. The Horned Frogs enter the regional with seven relievers that have thrown at least 20 innings.

Best Offensive Team: TCU. The Horned Frogs have six regulars batting over .300, five guys with seven or more homers and only one regular who hasn’t hit a homer this season.

Best Defensive Team: Gonzaga. The combination of Dustin Brashears and WCC Player of the Year Jeff Bohling hoover up pretty much anything on the ground to the left side while 6-foot-8 Taylor Jones gives a big target at first. Catcher Joey Harris was conference Defensive Player of the Year last year and Tyler Frost covers a lot of ground in center field.

No. 1 Seed Win Probability (1-10): 7. The Horned Frogs have Omaha experience and are playing at home.

Team Breakdowns


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