This is a great article that gives some insight into how Patterson is continuing to strengthen the foundation of his program, while also touching on how freshman QB Brennan Wooten has looked so far this spring and talking about the Cumbie/Meacham duo that has been so impactful.
"I think one of the things that we've always felt like is it's always about the program and building a great foundation and if you do that, you'll overcome things. We had to play a lot of freshmen last year, but the good part about that is that a lot of those guys come back."
By Texas, they mean the state as a whole, and this is a great look into some of the early-season premiere match-ups facing the Lone Star state. Wins for these programs in these games could set off quite the chain reaction nationally. Each of the marquee programs in the state have a top 25 match-up in the early goings, sans Oklahoma State and Baylor, who will play each other on the 24th of September.
Arkansas at TCU, Sept. 10: The Horned Frogs should be in the Big 12 title chase. Taking down an SEC opponent would boost TCU's "body of work" if CFP committee members need to analyze it in November.
His attention to detail and utter obsession over his program have done wonders for TCU Baseball, and impacted both his players and coaches in incredible ways. Schlossnagle is relentless, but it's his work ethic and enthusiasm for the game of baseball and his Horned Frogs teams that keep them achieving their goals, season after season.
Again, Saarloos is not surprised.
“I call it psychotic,” he said with a smile. “He’s psychotic about TCU baseball, right? This is his big leagues. So there is not any stone left unturned in terms of how to make the team better or the program better. It kind of pulls everybody up; you need to be that way and always be thinking that way. If you’re going to run a successful program or company, those are the kind of traits to have.”
TCU has been setting records over the course of the last several seasons, becoming just the second team in history to make it to three straight College World Series. This time, they are hoping to come home with the hardware.
TCU is one of just 12 teams nationally to play in 12 of the last 13 regionals.
The Horned Frogs were one of just seven schools to serve as a regional host for the third consecutive season.
The Frogs’ 22-inning regional contest against Sam Houston State on May 31 last season marked the second-longest postseason game in NCAA history.
TCU has won a conference championship each of the last three years (2014, 2016 postseason championship; 2015 regular season).
TCU enters the postseason leading the league in batting average, ERA, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs, hits, doubles and stolen bases.
In this year’s Big 12 Championship, the 72 hits by TCU (5 games) surpassed the previous record of 71 by Oklahoma in 1997 (5 games) and Baylor in 2003 (6 games).