OMAHA, Neb. – Wanna be Cinderella, TCU? No?

Of course not. The Horned Frogs have 50 wins, call a power conference home, are in their fourth consecutive College World Series, and came into June as the No. 6 national seed. If that’s Cinderella, it’s with brass knuckles.

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But here’s the thing. The other three teams still alive on win-or-go-home Saturday have all passed this way before. LSU, Oregon State and Florida have been to the championship round a combined 10 times. They’ll be as happy as mustard on a ballpark hot dog to advance again, but is there any time more fun than the first time?

Especially after 2016, when TCU advanced to this door, but lost twice to Coastal Carolina.

“That hurt, a lot,” second baseman Cam Warner said.

“We know what it feels like to be in the final four and get kicked out,” catcher Evan Skoug mentioned. “We have that taste in our mouth, and I think that’s going to help us because it brings us to a sense of urgency.”

TCU's Charles King (21) tossed 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball (5 K's — 2 BBs) to lead TCU past Florida.

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TCU’s Charles King (21) tossed 3.1 innings of one-hit baseball (5 K’s — 2 BBs) to lead TCU past Florida.

Right fielder Austen Wade, too. “For us looking back at that, I feel like we got complacent at times last year. And obviously energy switched extremely fast from our dugout to Coastal Carolina’s. That’s a big factor at this time of year. One guy gets going, everyone gets going. Body language is a big thing.”

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