No. 1 seed TCU lost 6-4 to Utah Friday afternoon, eliminating the Horned Frogs from the Mountain West Conference tournament. Utah, the No. 6 seed, defeated TCU Wednesday 9-7 to put the Frogs in a must-win situation.
TCU was 4-2 against the Utes (24-29) during the regular season, but Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle said before the tournament that Utah scared him the most.
TCU (36-16), which won the MWC regular-season title for the fourth consecutive season, has the 8th best RPI (ratings power index) in the country which should help them with an at-large NCAA Regional bid. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid. In its 10-year history the MWC has never had a team receive an at-large bid.