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TCU News: Wade, Skoug, Howard are Day 2 Draftees

The Frogs will likely see the two juniors go pro.

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Baseball:

TCU’s Skoug goes in seventh round, outfielder Wade in fifth, pitcher Howard in eighth | The Star-Telegram

Skoug was widely expected to leave after this season, and Wade’s high round status makes him a likely candidate to go as well. It’s going to be a new-look TCU in 2018, but there’s business yet to take care of this season.

Before the Super Regional series, Skoug said he was not stressed about where or if he was drafted.

“I’ve been through it before in high school,” he said. “I know how to handle it. Honestly, I really don’t care because I’m enjoying every last second I get with my brothers and around this place. If it doesn’t happen, I don’t care. I love this place, and I would have no regret not signing a contract this year.”

How Jim Schlossnagle is repaying TCU’s investment in baseball | The Star-Telegram

Coach, you haven’t let anyone down.

TCU averaged more than 4,000 fans each of the past three seasons, including a record 4,785 over 32 dates this season. The total attendance of 153,139 was also a record and ranked 11th in the country. The school said Lupton took in a record 13 crowds of 5,000-plus in 2017.

Since 2014, TCU is 195-67. That includes two Big 12 tournament championships, a regular season championship, a regular season co-championship, four regional tournament championships and four Super Regional championships.

“The biggest thing for me, as I say every year when this happens is, I don’t want to ever let anybody down, and I don’t ever want to disappoint anyone,” Schlossnagle said following Sunday’s Super Regional series clincher. “That’s where the pressure is. No one’s challenging us to do that. You just don’t want to let anybody down. At least I don’t.”

College World Series: Everything you need to know about TCU | NCAA.com

TCU will need another epic performance from Skoug in the middle of the lineup as well as more great pitching if they want to make it to the finals.

TCU's lineup took a major blow with the loss of slugger Luken Baker to an arm injury in mid-May, but it has still been getting its regular power fix from junior Evan Skoug. The catcher has quite possibly been the most dangerous bat in the entire NCAA tournament, blasting a home run in four of the five games — and in the one game he didn't go deep, he went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Skoug has 12 RBIs in the tournament, going 6-for-18 with four walks. The five tourney games have accounted for 18 percent of his RBIs for the season and 11 percent of his career home runs.

REPORT: SECOND-ROUNDER JACOB GONZALEZ EXPECTS TO SIGN WITH GIANTS | NBC Sports

The first domino in TCU Baseball’s class of 2017 appears poised to fall... and not in favor with the Frogs.

"I couldn't be happier and more excited for him," Luis Gonzalez told the Republic. "Spring training is in Arizona. No doubt that he will sign. Jacob and his representative will make it happen and he'll be reporting to camp."

Jacob Gonzalez was a star third baseman at Chaparral High, not far from the Giants’ spring home. He hit .449 as a senior and recently visited the Giants for a workout. Jacob called AT&T Park a “great stadium” and told the Arizona Republic that he “couldn’t be happier.”

Football:

Schedule analysis: TCU Horned Frogs | ESPN

It’s a challenging schedule for the Frogs right out of the gate.

Gut-check time: It comes early. TCU can set the tone for its Big 12 performance with a win in Week 4 at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys figure to enter this game with high hopes -- and deservedly so; they’re a real contender for the College Football Playoff. It wasn’t long ago that we talked about the Horned Frogs in the same way. But after a slide to 6-7 last year in which a 31-6 home thumping at the hands of Oklahoma State served as a low point, TCU needs a landmark win to launch its turnaround.