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LOS ANGELES — For about six innings, there were young men throwing a rawhide-covered ball and young men swinging aluminum cylindrical wands at it. Eight men stood with leather ball-catchers and one wore extra padding, surely making an over-protective mother happy.
Though they played on a field with four vinyl-covered stepping stones indicating a safe zone, I hesitate to call what occurred for the majority of three hours, the game of baseball. It was definitely not the caliber of baseball that has historically been played by young men representing the University of Southern California and Texas Christian University.
After several miscues and blunders early in the game, TCU finally woke up and grabbed the reins in the late innings of Thursday night’s game for a 5-4 victory at USC’s Dedeaux Field.
Derek Odell carried the Horned Frogs to the win. Odell homered and drove in the go-ahead run. He also got things rolling for TCU in the seventh inning when he delivered a single and scored later in the inning on a Keaton Jones single up the middle.
The next inning, Jantzen Witte walked, stole second and came around when Jerrick Suiter rocked a ball deep into the left-centerfield gap to tie the game. The Horned Frogs scored the go-ahead run when Odell hit a line drive single the opposite way, bringing in Suiter. Continue reading
FULLERTON, Calif. — Texas Christian and Cal State Fullerton battled back and forth all weekend at Goodwin Field. But in the end Cal State Fullerton was able to take the series with a wild travel curfew shortened 11-10 win Sunday afternoon after the teams had split the first two dramatic games.
We caught up with head coach Jim Schlossnagle after Sunday’s loss. He talked about the disappointing end to the weekend as well as some encouraging things to take away: Continue reading
TCU Media Relations recently caught up with baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle to discuss how fall practice is going and expectations going into next season. TCU made their first appearance in the College World Series in 2010 finishing in the final four before bowing out to UCLA. They bring back a veteran squad in 2011 and with the way the NCAA has been matching up teams in the Super Regionals, Texas or Rice should be worried that their path to the CWS will likely be blocked by the Horned Frogs.
Chase Parham last week had an interesting article about how the new bats are changing the college game. (FULL ARTICLE) It has always been an interesting debate on whether the metal bats were juiced too much, causing safety issues and leading to higher scoring games. The early feedback on the new bat standards is that there is much less “pop” in the bat, making scoring much more difficult in the 2011 season.
The College Baseball Blog recently surveyed a smattering of college coaches around the country regarding use of metal bats. The opinions are drastically different depending if you were a power hitting team in the past or a team that believed in good pitching and defense to win ball games. Check out TCBB’s and coaches’ opinions below and feel free to leave your own opinion in the comments section below.
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte has announced a new contract for Horned Frog baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle that extends through the 2016 season.
Schlossnagle earned 2010 National Coach of the Year honors after leading TCU to its first appearance at the College World Series, a 54-14 record and a final ranking of No. 3 in every major poll.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com recently put out an article profiling the best ten coaching jobs over the past year. He names both Ray Tanner from South Carolina and John Savage from UCLA who faced off in the CWS Championship Series which was won by the Gamecocks two games to none. He also includes Peter Hughes (Virginia Tech), Jim Schlossnagle (TCU), Tim Esmay (Arizona State), Kevin O’Sullivan (Florida), John Pawlowski (Auburn), Jim Penders (UConn), Sunny Golloway (Oklahoma), and George Horton (Oregon).