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TCU News: Frogs fall to WVU, Baseball’s quest for Omaha begins Friday

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Basketball

Shorthanded TCU can’t keep up at No. 20 West Virginia | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Frogs had just seven scholarship players for the second game in a row, and it showed. They fought hard, but were worn down at the end against the onslaught of fresh bodies WVU threw at them.

“I would say they probably wore us down, but, again, they beat us in pretty much every category,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said. “They just turned the tables on the other game, to be honest with you. We could probably switch the box scores.”

Strong bench scoring helps No. 20 WVU beat TCU 82-66 | FOX Sports

West Virginia’s bench outscored TCU’s 38-8, including 16 points from freshman Teddy Allen.

”Every game is different and there are certain matchups where guys get hot,” said Allen, who made 8 of 13 field goals and grabbed six rebounds. ”We have a deep team and my number was called today, so I just tried to step up for my teammates.”

Baseball

TCU trying for 5th College World Series appearance in a row | AP

The Frogs have come oh-so-close the last four years, and have dropped games to the eventual champion the past two.

TCU is going for its sixth trip to Omaha since 2010. The Frogs have yet to win a national title. Their last two CWS appearances ended with bracket-final losses to eventual champions Coastal Carolina (2016) and Florida (2017) .

TCU’s Baker on 2018 Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award List | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Baker, who missed TCU’s playoff run after suffering an injury against Oklahoma late in the regular season, is back and healthy, and looking to BakerSmash the Frogs back to Omaha. He’s one of 25 players on the watch list for this award, which takes into account on field performance, personal integrity, and academics. Of course, the article gets one thing incorrect, as seen in the quote below.

Baker is a preseason All-American for the Horned Frogs, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation in all the major college baseball polls.

TCU is ranked as high as 4 and as low as 7 in the national polls, still not something to scoff at.

Football

TCU off to hot start in 2019 recruiting cycle | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The class, with five commits, is currently ranked No. 14 in the 247 Sports Composite Team Rankings. William Wilkerson got with Jeremy Clark to talk about the class a bit.

“It’s going to be a class that won’t be a full class, but it will be around 20. The big need for this class is corner and defensive back. They’ve always had a huge need for defensive back. But, if you look at it, they’ve already got William Jones, the kid out of Mansfield Summit that I think will keep going up in the rankings. Donovan Collins is a good prospect they got early on out of Cedar Hill, the first commitment of the class. Believe it or not, they want to sign a quarterback again. They’ve offered a few kids. Grant Gunnell, who is committed to A&M is one of their big targets. Two receivers they really like are Garrett Wilson and Dylan Wright. I think everyone has pegged those two as the top receivers on their board. It’s not going to be a big class at receiver for them. They’ll only take two.” - Jeremy Clark, publisher of HornedFrogBlitz.com.