Both teams in last year’s championship game through the elimination bracket. TCU and Louisville are aiming to do the same thing, starting tonight.
TCU and the three other teams in the elimination games at the College World Series this week have to look back only a year for inspiration.
It is possible to come out of the losers bracket and win it all, tough and long a road as it is.
“As a coach, you’re always looking for the positive, trying to come up with the right thing to say to the guys, keep them positive about what can happen,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “But you can’t get ahead of yourself because the competition is so good.”
The Frogs have to get their bats going tonight if they want to keep their season alive.
TCU’s 2.12 team ERA through two CWS games is second only to Florida, the team it lost to. But the Horned Frogs are batting .197 in Omaha, seventh among the eight teams. ... Warner and Elliott Barzilli are the lone Horned Frogs with multihit games at the CWS. ... TCU’s top three hitters — Wade, Zach Humphreys and Skoug — are a combined 1 for 19. ... TCU batters have combined for 12 hits while striking out 23 times in Omaha. ... Ryan Merrill’s homer against Texas A&M was TCU’s 58th of the season. That’s the most the Horned Frogs have had since 2010.
Win by one, we have all heard that before, right? Schloss is trying to have his team embody that philosophy for the duration of their tournament run.
With a quarter of the 2017 College World Series field sent home, TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle looked to truism TCU head football coach Gary Patterson reiterates in the fall: “All we have to do is win by one.”
Schlossnagle is left looking for inspiration with his team needing to win three more elimination games to advance to the College World Series finals.
“I think as a coach you’re always looking for the positive, trying to come with the right thing to say to the guys, but you can’t get ahead of your self because the competition is so good,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s coachy. All hands on deck. One day at a time. To try to stick around here a little longer.”
Veteran? Rookie? Who is Schloss going to turn to with the season on the line?
“Mitchell’s pitched great, he’s started games here before, he’s certainly not going to be wowed by the atmosphere,” Schlossnagle said. “For the future of the program, you want Nick to have a chance to start a game. The easiest way to do that is to win one more, and they’ll both get one more start.”
Traver last pitched on June 3 against Central Connecticut State, allowing a run and striking out nine in seven innings.
Lodolo’s start start was May 24 against Kansas, when he gave up three runs in seven innings.
“At the end of the day, you can’t make decisions with your heart,” Schlossnagle said. “You owe that to the school and you owe that to the rest of the players on the team. The beauty of it is, they’re both champing at the bit to start. But they’re both also all about the team, so they’ll be fine with whatever happens.”