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TCU News: Series opening loss to WVU embarrasses Frogs’ skipper

It was a sloppy start for TCU Baseball.

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Baseball:

TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle ‘super embarrassed’ by series opening loss to West Virginia | The Star-Telegram

After playing so well for the last two weeks, the Frogs came out flat in the series opener of a set that they absolutely have to have.

“I was proud of the way we competed on the back half of the game, but certainly the first half of the game was super disappointing,” Schlossnagle said. “For us to not have played [this week], we should have been champing at the bit with everybody knowing what’s at stake. I guess that’s going to have to go on me, but I’m super disappointed, super embarrassed. They outplayed us. They deserved to win the ballgame.”

TCU falls to 27-19 overall and 8-10 in the Big 12. The Frogs now must try and salvage a series win this weekend to keep their fleeting postseason dreams alive and get back to the .500-mark in conference play for the first time in three weeks.

”We just need to play good baseball tomorrow,” Schlossnagle said. “We don’t need to be worried about a series. We don’t need to be worried about RPI. We need to win a ballgame. Period.”

Cheering TCU’s Ballpark Brew | Fort Worth Weekly

The sales have been an unmitigated success. The community is starting to come around.

Apparently, the first beer-tastic showdown came and went last week without any problems. The Horny Toads blasted Dallas Baptist 7-0. No P.I. citations. No fights. Not even any puking!

The school says beer at Lupton is a pilot program. The hope — at least for a lot of TCU fans and maybe the occasional non-TCUer who simply loves sports — is that the program becomes so successful, it spills over to Amon G. Carter Stadium, home to another school program that’s growing stronger every year: the football team.

Football:

TCU spring recap: Horned Frogs bring back quality depth to compete | DieHards

The expectations outside of Fort Worth are underwhelming, but people close to the program realize what the Frogs have brewing for the fall.

TCU still has some significant building blocks on offense. Wide receiver Jalen Reagor is poised to take a huge step forward, and redshirt freshman wideout Omar Manning will get an opportunity. Running back Darius Anderson was a more efficient runner than Kyle Hicks when he held onto the ball. Sewo Olonilua is also reportedly the most improved TCU player this spring.

Defensively, several of the biggest playmakers are back. Defensive end Ben Banogu is a potential first-round talent if he has a big season. The staff is very high on defensive backs Innis Gaines and Ridwan Issahaku. More important, there’s experience at every level of the unit.