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TCU News: #MashForMicah Taking Off

TCU Baseball opens the season against PSU tonight, and will have their teammate on their minds.

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Baseball:

TCU baseball fan’s tweet becomes #MashForMicah campaign overnight | The Star-Telegram

A lot of good will be done every time a Frog muscles one over the fence. Can you join in?

Gagnon said he was “blown away” by the response to his tweet.

“I was driving back from Austin to Houston; you’re stopped at all those lights as you leave Austin, and each time I would check, there were more people tweeting, ‘Look, I can do a dollar,’ ‘If Luken Baker hits a grand slam to win the College World Series, I can do X amount,’ “ Gagnon said. “Everybody had a hand in it. This has just been an incredible day to watch this happening.”

TCU scores a lot of runs, but maybe not for the reason you think | The Star-Telegram

Chicks dig the long ball, but it’s the stolen bases that have helped TCU score so many runs.

“Part of a speed, aggressive offense is forcing tempo,” Schlossnagle said.

Every regular in the lineup each of the past three seasons has a stolen base — even the hulking Baker, who was 1-for-1 last season as a freshman.

Last year, the Frogs ranked 18th in the country with 97 steals. That was down from the previous year, when they ranked fifth with 119.

Baseball Opens at #1 TCU Friday | Go PSU Sports

A young Nittany Lions squad will have a tough battle in their first series of 2017.

Penn State returns its entire starting pitching rotation and five starters to its lineup after going 28-27 in 2016 for its best record since 2012. The Lions are welcoming 10 newcomers but will need to replace key losses in their batting lineup and closer Jack Anderson.

Basketball:

TCU takes RPI tumble but still in March Madness projections | The Star-Telegram

The Frogs aren’t out of it yet, even after a home loss to Oklahoma State that cost them ten spots in the RPI.

In projections updated Thursday by ESPN.com, CBSSports.com and USA Today, the Horned Frogs found themselves as a No. 10 seed headed toward a first-round game against a Big Ten opponent with a No. 7 seed: either Minnesota (USA Today) or Northwestern (ESPN.com, CBS.com). Dixon said the Frogs must improve defensively to turn the projection into reality, citing OSU’s 50.9 percent shooting percentage as the latest indicator.

“Our defense isn’t good enough to win against good teams. That caught us again,” Dixon said.