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TCU's baseball camp ended just before the Frogs' practice began, with time in between for autographs.
"After we practice on Friday, they're going to have to do it for an hour — every team has to do it — up in Omaha," said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "So it's good practice for them."
TCU’s road to Omaha didn’t really pick up speed until the Horned Frogs were staring at a 15-11 record on March 30, including a 2-4 start in the Big 12. Since then, TCU has won 32 of 36 games, including 4-0 at the Big 12 tournament to win the school’s first team title in any sport in the league.
In the biggest at-bat of his season, TCU catcher Kyle Bacak squared to bunt with two runners on and an out in the ninth inning of a tie game Monday against Pepperdine. But it shouldn’t have come as much of a shock that the Horned Frogs went for — and succeeded — with the suicide squeeze.
It's a baseball adage for Schlossnagle as much as it is a philosophy on life in general, but the idea behind it is to narrow one’s focus on the task at hand when one needs to. When the Frogs aren’t playing or practicing, the scope of attention can be wide, taking in the grandeur of making it to the College World Series.
A capsule look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park. (Capsules in order of CWS opening games. Coaches' records through super regionals).
''I played in Omaha in 1960 and 1961 (for USC), and you could name on both hands all the schools in the country that were playing good baseball,'' UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie said. ''You couldn't name all the schools playing good baseball now if you had 10 sets of hands. I think that's good.''
Defending NCAA long jump champion Lorraine Ugen of TCU came up short in her bid to repeat Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.