Schloss is making a change to his weekend rotation, shuffling the same three starters: Nick Lodolo will take the mound tonight for the Big 12 opener, Jared Janczak will take the mound Saturday night, and Brian Howard will take the shutdown role on Sunday. The success of the conference season could hinge on Howard getting back on track.
“He knows what he has to do to be successful,” Schlossnagle said. “He’s been around long enough to know, and he knows himself enough as a pitcher regarding what makes him successful. And he knows when he’s doing that, he can beat anybody on our schedule. And he knows when he’s not doing that, he can get beat by anybody on our schedule.”
Alex Robinson sees the big picture when it comes to TCU’s first significant post-season run in over a decade.
“To get this win is really big. It’s a huge boost to our program,” said Robinson, a sophomore from Mansfield Timberview who began his college career at Texas A&M. “Growing up as a kid, when you see teams that are in the postseason time and again, you tend to become a fan. Having kids, especially local kids, see this and come to our games and see us winning, that will be huge for our program moving forward.”
It’s so easy to be so happy for these seniors, guys who suffered through 0-18 Big 12 seasons and dealt with talk of being the worst Power Five program in the country. Now, they are leaders on a team that is making a run of their own, and setting TCU up for the future.
“Most definitely. From where we’ve been, 20 wins is special,” said guard Brandon Parrish, a senior from Arlington Seguin who holds the TCU school record for games played (132). “That’s a huge milestone, at least for me personally. This is a great stepping stone for the program.”
The article states that TCU will struggle because Iowa is a number one seed, but the Frogs actually match up well with Iowa, regardless of their ranking. The Hawkeyes home court advantage could be the difference Sunday.
TCU is coming in with high-energy and momentum but on Iowa's home court. It will be hard for the Frogs to once again prevail against a No. 1 ranked seed.
Austin Schlottman makes the cut as a center, and one of the Frogs’ most-established and experienced linemen.
Schlottmann is heading into his senior season at TCU as a veteran. And alongside seven starting returners, Schlottmann can bring the power and leadership to this line. This past season, he totaled 18 knockdown blocks and allowed just eight quarterback pressures.