The loss itself wasn’t that bad; getting blanked by one of the best pitchers in the country isn’t that terrible. But, the lack of energy, the mental mistakes, and the approach at the plate give Frog fans reason to be concerned with Aggie looming.
The Frogs ran into three outs on the bases — Cam Warner and Nolan Brown were picked off at first, and Warner was out at second trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. That was an inning’s worth of help for Alex Faedo, who didn’t need any help. But Schlossnagle wasn’t sore about the plays. He said Warner made a mistake by slowing down on the ball in the dirt, but credited Faedo and catcher Mike Rivera for the pickoffs on aggressive leads. “Against Faedo, the way he was pitching, if you expect us to sit around and wait to string together two hits, that’s not going to happen,” Schlossnagle said. “Faedo’s a complete pitcher. He fielded his position and holds runners well.”
TCU did not look like the veteran team Sunday, but they are by no means out of it in Omaha.
Play of the game:
TCU had the bases loaded with two outs in the third inning and Evan Skoug, who has 20 home runs this season, at the plate. But Florida starter Alex Faedo struck him out as the Gators preserved their 1-0 lead.
These two teams have a long - often very long - playoff history full of intense, extra-inning battles. Could Tuesday be another instant classic?
With the history of the programs, TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle had a message for fans of Florida and Louisville, who will play after the Aggies and Frogs on Tuesday.
"There's very little chance of the Louisville and Florida game starting on time," he said after his team fell to No. 3 seed Florida, 3-0. "You're going to sell a lot of concessions because we normally play much more than nine innings when we play those guys."
The Frogs added a little beef to an excellent 2018 group.
A three-star prospect, Dike committed to TCU over offers from Colorado, Houston, North Texas Oklahoma State, SMU and others.
At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, Dike is ranked as the No. 84 offensive tackle in the country and No. 128 overall prospect in the state, per 247Sports Composite.
TCU now has 11 commits in its 2018 class.