The former minor-league manager in the Los Angeles Angels system is in his second year coaching hitting and base running and manning the third base box for the Horned Frogs, and his impact is clear.
The lasting memory for TCU's unusually large senior group won't be 2013, the only time under 12th-year coach Jim Schlossnagle that the Frogs haven't made the postseason. They instead will leave with consecutive trips to Omaha, the latest after a Big 12 regular-season title and two incredible clinchers in the NCAA tournament.
TCU has joined seven other teams in making college baseball’s ultimate pilgrimage to the American heartland. All have converged on TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, vying to navigate the obstacle course of the College World Series and become the 69th NCAA national baseball champion.
Fueled by adrenaline after a clutch hit, Evan Skoug greeted the sunrise Tuesday with a few TCU teammates after a marathon super regional win over Texas A&M.
The TCU junior lefthander and 2012 graduate of Carmel was the starting pitcher for the Horned Frogs in an NCAA Super Regional game that day. TCU was playing Texas A&M for a spot in the College World Series.
As a player, Aaron Boone never made it to Omaha. His USC teams his sophomore and junior years both fell one game short of the College World Series.
The 2015 College World Series begins on Saturday and runs through June 25 in Omaha, Nebraska. For the first time since 2008, all eight participants have been to the College World Series before, but two -- Cal State Fullerton and Miami -- are making their first trip to TD Ameritrade Park. After a record-low two national seeds reached last year's College World Series, half of this year's field comes from the top eight seeds (No. 2 LSU, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Miami and No. 7 TCU). It's the fifth time in the past six years that four or fewer national seeds have made it to Omaha. Since national seeds were introduced in 1999, 57 percent (78 of 136) of them have advanced to the College World Series.
We took a look at a few players who might be poised for big seasons earlier this year, but with spring ball behind us and the season approaching, let’s take another peek at a few Horned Frogs to watch this summer entering the fall.
Track & Field
Running in heat one, the junior from Omaha, Nebraska, picked up a seventh-place finish in her heat, clocking in at a time of 13.32 seconds. The time earned her Honorable Mention All-America accolades for the first time in her career.
It has been five years since the college football landscape was drastically changed by conference realignment.