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TCU News: Luken Baker to Start Friday Against Gonzaga

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Baseball

TCU giving pitcher-slugger Luken Baker first Friday night start on mound | Fort Worth Star Telegram

It took the true freshman just two starts to earn the Friday spot in the rotation. Schloss speaks very highly of the young gun.

“The way he is as a hitter and the way he is as a pitcher is exactly the same,” Schlossnagle said of the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Baker. “He’s not just a power hitter, he can really hit. He uses the whole field. He’s going to adjust with two strikes. He’s not just a big, strong guy up there hacking.

“And as a pitcher, he’s not just up there throwing 94. He can throw his off-speed pitches behind in the count; he throws three pitches for strikes; he can throw all three pitches to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. He’s got a feel for the baseball. It’s very unusual for a guy his size.”


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Homestand Continues; Baseball Hosts Gonzaga | GoFrogs.com

Gonzaga is 4-4 on the season, and they've scored 11 or more runs in three of their wins.

No. 7 TCU's eight game homestand continues Friday night when the Horned Frogs host Gonzaga in the first game of three game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.

Beach Volleyball

TCU Sweeps Colorado Mesa, 5-0 | GoFrogs.com

It was the first win in program history.

History was made on Thursday night as the TCU beach volleyball team snagged its first win in program history with a 5-0 victory over Colorado Mesa on the beach volleyball courts at Jimenez Field in Tucson, Ariz.

Football

Patterson 'proud' of transfers' work ethic in TCU spring practice | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The transfers have come in and taken care of business to this point, according to Gary Patterson.

“These guys have really come in and had a purpose,” Patterson said Thursday after the Horned Frogs’ fourth practice of the spring, which included an 18-play scrimmage at Amon G. Carter Stadium. “I’ve really been proud of the transfer guys.”


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How TCU can fill its biggest hole on defense in 2016 | Dallas Morning News

Another article by the SMU kid. It makes several assumptions I disagree with, but it's his opinion, not mine. He also completely neglects to mention James McFarland in an article specifically about defensive linemen.

The main pieces are in place with seniors Curry and Carraway on TCU's defensive line. If a couple of the younger guys can step up, TCU will have nice depth at a critical position.

Swimming & Diving

TCU swimmer keeps his schedule open for Rio Olympics | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Ford Story has already qualified for the Olympic Trials, but he's got some other business to take care of first.

Story has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this summer. But he has one goal before the trials: Lock up a spot in the NCAA Championships. He has beaten the NCAA “B” cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Horned Frogs coach Richard Sybesma thinks Story needs to improve his time by four-tenths of a second to ensure an invitation to the NCAAs.


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Men's Basketball

TCU Ready For No. 6 Oklahoma Saturday | GoFrogs.com

It'll be Devonta Abron's final game in the DMC/Scholly.

Senior Devonta Abron will play his final game inside Schollmaier Arena Saturday. The 6-foot-8 forward, who will graduate this May with a degree in sociology and a minor in social work, will leave TCU having scored in double-figures in 20 games in his career, including twice this season. Abron has battled injuries during his career, but will close his time in Fort Worth, scoring over 600 points in his career and grabbing nearly 500 rebounds.

Former Frogs

Ex-TCU quarterback says his former team needs one more rose | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Andy Dalton thinks TCU is one more perfect season away from a complete perception shift.

“I think they are going to have to go undefeated to get that recognition every year,” Dalton said. “If they go undefeated, they will get to the playoffs. If they lose just one game it’s going to be tough for them to get in because the bigger schools have that perception. They need one more undefeated season to really solidify them.”


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