TCU went 2-1 in the MLB4 tournament this weekend, knocking off Virginia and Vanderbilt after a season-opening loss to Cal State Fullerton. JUCO transfer and Sunday starter Brandon Williamson talked about TCU’s resiliency after that first loss.
“Our motto for the year is ‘Something to prove,’” he said. “When you come out like that and get shut out right away, it said a lot about our team whether we were going to roll over or pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get back after it. Not for once did we think we were out of it. We knew what we had and what we needed to do.”
Vanderbilt is ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. TCU hung 10 runs on them.
TCU -- a program that has five College World Series appearances (second in NCAA) since 2010 and 231 wins (fourth in the nation) over the past five years -- missed the postseason for just the second time in 15 seasons in 2018. It began the 2019 campaign with something to prove and this weekend’s 2-1 start will certainly go a long way toward that goal.
Coach Schloss knows that this is a good measuring stick for where the team is right now.
Schlossnagle made it clear last week, though, that the opening tournament would not dictate how the season would go for the Frogs. It simply would serve as a barometer of where the team is and what they must improve upon to return to the College World Series after snapping a streak of four consecutive trips to Omaha last season.
Whether or not Kouat Noi is able to go tonight will go a long way to knowing whether or not TCU can pull off the win. JD Miller knows how important Noi is to this team.
Asked about the offensive flow, senior forward JD Miller said: “It wasn’t flowing bad, but we did miss Kouat’s shots out there. We tried to have other players step up and get the shots down the stretch. It just didn’t work out like we wanted it to.”