Fully charged: TCU offense comes alive with four homers to beat Kansas State

Entering its first Big 12 Conference series Friday against Kansas State, TCU had combined for nine home runs in its first 18 games. That was the fewest among Big 12 … Click to Continue »

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TCU News: Football freshmen making their impact felt

A couple of names to watch from the class of 2017.


Next man up: 2017 recruiting class could become TCU cornerstones this fall | The Star-Telegram

I loved Garrett Wallow in the class of 2017, and it seems like he might be a guy on the field regularly sooner rather than later.

They’re some of the players who have stepped in for extra practice time while others nurse injuries. Wallow, who has moved from safety to linebacker, has impressed with his ability to pick up concepts quickly. Patterson compared him to Travin Howard.

”Nothing ever bothers him. He knows how to ask the right questions. He knows how to focus, to see the trees through the forest,” said Patterson, making an idiom of his own. “He’s a lot like Travin, with that kind of football knowledge level where you can move him around and he kind of knows what’s going on. He doesn’t get flustered very easy.”


Luken Baker’s two-run bomb starts Big 12 play on right foot for TCU | The Star-Telegram

This isn’t a powerhouse offense, but there is enough in the heart of the order to support the pitching enough to win games. That’s what happened Friday night – JJ was good, Augie was great, and Baker came up big.

“It’s the sign of a great one,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “When the game comes calling, even in the conditions, he finds a way to hit it to the part of the park where it will go out.”

Lefty Nick Lodolo (3-1) faces Wildcats’ right-hander Gabe Littlejim (1-3) in Game 2 of the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Augie Mihlbauer took over for starter Jared Janczak in the sixth and struck out four over 2 1/3 dominant, scoreless innings. He earned his first-career win. Schlossnagle said confidence has been Mihlbauer’s best asset over the past month.

”It’s definitely the name of the game,” said Mihlbauer, a true freshman. “When you come in in messes like that you really need to know that you’ve got the stuff and you’re going to get out of it.”

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Soccer players find compromise at club level

A member of the TCU women’s club soccer team did not want her senior year of high school to be the last moment she competed in the sport she loves.

“It had been such a big part of my life,” said senior business major Maddy Lee, who started playing soccer at 4 years old.

The TCU Women’s Club Soccer team after a 5-1 win over SFA last semester. (Photo courtesy of TCU Women’s Club Soccer Instagram)

Many high school student-athletes dream of playing sports at the collegiate level. However, a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations and an NCAA report found of 8 million student-athletes only 480,000 compete at the NCAA level.

Students unable to compete as NCAA athletes in university-sponsored uniforms can often feed their passion for sports through competitive club sports.

High school athletes that did not go on to compete at the NCAA level, combined with college students eager to take up a club sport as an extracurricular, make up an estimated two million that participate in club sports governed by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Not to confuse with intramural sports, club sports teams play at a more competitive level that gives teams the  opportunity to advance to regionals and national collegiate championships. Many teams have directors or presidents in charge of scheduling and fundraising.

A five-year-old who once saw soccer as all fun and games has now filled her passion for the sport as the club soccer president.

Eve Matten, a sophomore business major, said holding the title of club president has been a growing experience that has taught her the importance of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

“I finally had the opportunity to do more than just be a player on the field,” said Matten.”Being a defender, I see everything from the back end. I like that I get this holistic view of the team.”

TCU Women’s Club Soccer teammates, Brittany Webb and McCall Moore, during a game last semester. (Photo courtesy of TCU Women’s Club Soccer Instagram)

Many students prefer club sports over NCAA sports because they still offer great competition without the time-consuming participation.

One of Matten’s teammates aspired to play at the collegiate level, but also desired the time to commit to academics.

“Club soccer is a great medium between playing at the D1 level and participating in intramural sports because it is highly competitive without being a forced commitment,” said first-year nursing major Brooke Gully.

The A&M Consolidated High School alumna, who earned 1st Team All-Region and Academic All-District during her time as a midfielder for the Lady Tiger soccer team, mentioned the disparity between the two levels of competition.

“It takes more time, more skill and more drive than intramural sports but these investments do not compare with the investment of playing on a D1 team,” Gully added. 

TCU D1 soccer led the Big 12 in attendance for the fourth straight season in 2017 with an average of 1,375 fans per match. Although attendance lacks at the club games in comparison to the NCAA games, club members have plans to raise awareness.

“A lot of people don’t know about the club, so often we don’t have a lot of fans,” said Matten. “Recently, a lot of the freshman have asked their friends to come to games and we’ve had a lot more fans.”

Matten also said they have inquired on selling t-shirts on campus to highlight that they, too, are athletes who use their time to play a sport they love.

Source: TCU360


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Frogs come back to beat Kansas State 4-2 thanks to Baker, Augie

Luken Baker celebrates with his teammates after hitting a home run that gave TCU a 4-2 victory over Kansas State in Fort Worth.Baker’s blast and Augie’s gas gave TCU a much needed victory to open conference play.

It took most of the night for the TCU bats to figure out Kansas State pitcher Kasey Ford, but with the help of Luken Baker, they did just that on their way to a 4-2 win Friday night in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

The Frogs struggled to get much going on offense early, despite being the first to crack the scoreboard in the second inning. Conner Shepherd, who had far and away his best game as a Horned Frog Friday, started the scoring with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the second. It was the second home run of the season for Shep, and the first of three he had on the evening. But the lead wouldn’t hold, as Jared Janczak – who had been rolling – allowed two runs in the top of the fourth after issuing back to back walks to start the frame. Janczak was sharp early, ending the first three innings with strikeouts, but struggled to find the zone in the fifth, allowing two of his three walks on the night. JJ scattered seven hits through 5.2, allowing the two runs while striking out six. He exited in the top of the sixth after allowing back to back singles, replaced by Augie Mihlbauer, who was absolutely electric.

Mihlbauer has been really good in this, his freshman campaign, but he was other-worldly Friday night to keep the Frogs in the game. Augie came on with two on and two out and made quick work of Thompson, striking him out on four pitches. He struck out four in 2.1 innings of work, not throwing a ball until the fifth batter he faced, and finishing having thrown 23 strikes in 32 pitches. That kept things close, and allowed for some late-inning Horned Frog heroics.

In the bottom of the eighth, TCU finally got something going.

Zach Humphreys started things off by taking one for the team, getting beaned in the back by a Kasey Ford fastball. That put a runner on for Luken Baker, and he came to the plate to do Luken Baker things:

Baker’s blast gave TCU a 3-2 lead they wouldn’t relinquish, but they added an insurance run anyway after Josh Watson reached on a walk and scored with the help of a wild pitch and an error to give the Frogs the final 4-2 margin. Durbin Feltman came on in the top of the ninth in a save situation and did his thing, striking out all three batters he faced on 12 pitches, ten of them strikes.

In all, TCU pitchers struck out 13 Wildcat batters, allowing just seven hits and walking just four hitters. The Frogs were held to just eight hits, the timely ones coming in their final frame. Shepherd was the only TCU batter to notch a multi-hit game, and he had the only stolen base of the night as well. The Frogs struck out just six times and walked four.

These two teams are back at it tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 2:00pm.

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Luken Baker’s two-run bomb starts Big 12 play on right foot for TCU

A player as good as Luken Baker can make a lot of problems disappear in a flash. Take for instance TCU’s game Friday night. The offense, despite a wind-aided home … Click to Continue »

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Options abound in TCU quarterback competition

During the search to find Kenny Hill’s replacement as the next Horned Frog quarterback, TCU head coach Gary Patterson has found the position group to be as deep as its ever been.

“Best first two days of spring we’ve had in two years,” Patterson said of his quarterbacks. “All three probably spinning it better the first two days of the spring than we have in two years.”

Shawn Robinson, who played in six of TCU’s thirteen games as a true freshman, including a win in his only start in Lubbock against Texas Tech, is the likely starter Patterson said, but Justin Rogers and Penn transfer Michael Collins have also impressed.

“Shawn Robinson is probably the leading candidate because he’s started a game and won it,” Patterson said. “He’s been here and learned how to manage and prepare for a ball game during the week. The best part about that was I don’t think he understood what to do. You go into Lubbock to play a ball game as the starting quarterback, that’s hard to do. He threw the ball well, missed a couple routes, but found a way to win the ball game.”

The sophomore, a state champion at DeSoto High School, gained what Patterson said is something you can’t teach when he accounted for 169 total yards, 84 of which came on the ground against the Red Raiders, experience.

“I think what he learned out of it was that the preparation is a lot of work and you need to get down,” Patterson said. “You can’t run over everybody even if you’re 220. Everybody has big guys so you have to be able to get down.”

While Collins doesn’t have the name-recognition of Robinson or Rogers, the highest-rated recruit during Patterson’s time in Fort Worth, he could earn the back-up job and stay in the hunt for the top spot until the very end with Rogers’ on the mend, recovering from a knee injury he suffered in high school.

TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie coaches up quarterback Justin Rogers (13). Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto

After the conclusion of spring practice number five Thursday and the first full pads practice of the semester, the Ivy League transfer still has a ways to go.

“I only judge quarterbacks in scrimmages and games, so there are days where you’re killing it and some days you’re not,” Patterson said. “Today we worked first down, third down, zone and man blitz, so for a new guy it’s a lot of work. That’s why we push the issue all the time.”

However, whether it’s Robinson, the most likely scenario, Collins, or Rogers, it’ll be a work in progress with the offensive line in front of them losing four of its five starters from a season ago.

“Again, Robinson’s deep in alligators because the thing about running back and quarterback here is your confidence level goes with the experience of your offensive line, and right they’re a work in progress,” Patterson said. “We’re on day five or six, we just need to keep getting better. There are three rotating in at left tackle.”

However, whoever becomes the TCU signal-caller will be lavished with a talented wide receiver group Patterson said with Jaelan Austin and Jalen Reagor at X and Z positions on the outside, Jarrison Stewart inside at the Y position, and KaVontae Turpin and true freshman Taye Barber at H inside the slot.

“We look more explosive at the wide receiver position and at quarterback especially throwing it deep than we have in a couple years.”

TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin (25) and running back Sewo Olonilua (33) talk in between drills. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto

Specifically, Barber has drawn a rave reviews early this spring.

“Our off-season hasn’t bothered him at all, the learning process hasn’t bothered him at all, going to school hasn’t bothered him at all,” Patterson said. “He’s one of those guys where you just smile when you talk to him because he’s been a perfect child. What else can you ask for? If everyone did that it would be a lot easier on us.”

Patterson said former TCU receiver and 2017 Alamo Bowl hero Desmond White was fast, but Barber is even faster.

Barber, a graduate of Cypress Springs in Houston, runs a 4.53 40-yard dash while White ran a 4.68 40-yard dash coming out of DeSoto in 2014. Barber, at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, is four inches taller and 40 pounds stronger than White when he as a true freshman.

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TCU Baseball vs Kansas State: Preview

TCU Baseball vs UC Irvine: March 3, 2018The Frogs open Big 12 play coming off of a less-than sharp effort over their last five games.

Friday: RHP Jared Janczak (1-1, 2.32 ERA) vs. RHP Kasey Ford (3-1, 5.57 ERA) | 6:30PM | Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, TX | Watch: FSSW | Listen: 88.7 KTCU

Saturday: LHP Nick Lodolo (3-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. RHP Caleb Littlejim (2-0, 6.88 ERA) | 2:00PM | Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, TX | Watch: FrogVision | Listen: 88.7 KTCU

Sunday: RHP Sean Wymer (0-1, 5.60 ERA) vs. RHP Justin Heskett 2-1, 5.19 ERA) | 1:00PM | Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, TX | Watch: FSSW+ | Listen: 88.7 KTCU

Big 12 play kicks off for the Horned Frogs Friday night, as they welcome in a Kansas State squad that is reeling, having lost five of their last eight games, all against lesser competition. For a while, it looked like the Wildcats might be a player in the conference, as they dominated the early season awards thanks to some standout performances. But, things have fallen apart for EMAW, as they are 12-9 despite having played just two Power Five opponents and two ranked teams all season.

Thankfully, their basketball team is playing in the Elite Eight, so I doubt they care.

This is a huge series for the Frogs, who haven’t looked great over their last six games, winning just twice, enduring a three game losing streak, and getting shutout – at home – for the first time in 2018. Even in their two wins, they haven’t been sharp, surrendering a 4-0 lead in a 13 inning affair against Minnesota and looking a little sloppy in a 7-1 win Tuesday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The youth of this team is showing, primarily in errors – TCU has committed 22 of those through 18 games, putting them on pace to be the worst-fielding team of the Jim Schlossnagle era. Their team fielding percentage of .969 is middle of the pack in the conference, and they have the second fewest stolen bases (11) in the league. This is not the TCU Baseball team we are used to seeing.

That being said, the Frogs are still one of the most talented programs in the country, and if they can find ways to grind out wins in conference play, they could find themselves right back in the mix come tourney time. And the way they can continue to mark the win column is by the help of their veteran bats and some seriously deep pitching.

Josh Watson has struggled over the last handful of games, but the junior left fielder still finds himself in the top ten in the Big 12 in ob% (.470) and slugging percentage (.612). Oddly enough, he’s the only Frog you will find on the leaderboard in any offensive category, as even Luken Baker (.293/.446/.534) can’t crack the top ten. Baker’s presence has certainly been felt – the threat of his big bat has given Watson plenty of good pitches to hit, and the two have hit four home runs apiece through the first 18 games. He also leads the team with 14 walks drawn, many of the unintentional/intentional variety.

It has, as is often the case for this program, been the pitching that has carried them – TCU is top two in the conference in ERA (2.99, right behind Baylor’s 2.89), is second to Oklahoma with 9.78 K/9, and still has five players with a 0.00 ERA coming out of the bullpen. The Frogs will likely be without Cal Coughlin for one more series as he recovers from back tightness, but have gotten consistent efforts from Augie Mihlbauer, Haylen Green, and Charles King in his absence. Jared Janczak has been great on Friday nights, Nick Lodolo hasn’t been as sharp as he is capable of but keeps finding ways to win, and Sean Wymer looked much more like his normal self in his last appearance – though it technically was from out of the bullpen.

The TCU pitchers will face a potent lineup this week, as the Cats hit .291 as a team and have mashed 17 home runs. Five regulars hit over .300, led by Will Brennan, who has a conference best .430 average. Drew Mount leads the team with seven long balls and an impressive 30 RBI, while slugging a ridiculous .708. The pitching has been suspect at best – a 5.32 team ERA is nothing to write home about and only two pitchers (Jaxon Passino and Jared Marolf) ave a sub-2.00 ERA on the year – though they lead the team with seven appearances each out of the pen.

This should be an opportunity for the offense to get right, and maybe even the breakout series we have been hoping for from Conner Shepherd. Johnny Rizer’s return to the lineup has given Schlossnagle some flexibility, and it will be interesting to see how he deploys that this weekend.

Needless to say, this is a huge series for the Frogs, who desperately need a strong start to conference play.

Game Notes courtesy of Go Frogs:


• Kansas State is coming off a midweek split against Austin Peay. That came on the heels of a 2-1 series loss to College of Charleston.

• The Wildcats are 5-5 in their last 10 games played.• Kansas State ranks second offensively (.291), ninth in ERA (5.32) and fifth defensively (.965) in the Big 12.

• The Wildcats lead the league and rank 7th nationally with 47 stolen bases.

• Sophomore Will Brennan is the league’s top hitter with a .430 batting average.

• Junior Drew Mount leads the league in home runs (7), RBIs (30) and stolen bases (15).

• Defensively, the Wildcats are tied for the league lead with 18 double plays turned.

• The pitching staff is allowing opponents to hit .309 and has surrendered a league-high 21 home runs.

• The staff has issued the second-fewest walks in the league (66).

• Jared Marolf leads the team with two saves in seven appearances.


• TCU and Kansas State will be meeting for the 25th time in series history.

• TCU holds a 17-7 lead in the series.

• The Frogs and the Wildcats met on the diamond in 2013 for the first time since 1987.

• TCU is 11-4 against Kansas State as conference foes.

• TCU holds a 3-2 series lead as conference foes.

• TCU is 6-0 all-time against Kansas State at Lupton Stadium.

• TCU has won both conference series against Kansas State in Fort Worth, all via the sweep.


• TCU will play 31 games at home this season.

• TCU went 28-4 at home last season.

• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 344-109 in games played at Lupton Stadium.

• TCU is 119-26 at home over the last three-plus seasons.

• TCU sold a school-record 2,764 season tickets.

• TCU ranked 10th nationally in average attendance this year with an average of 4,785.

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TCU Women’s Basketball Headed to the WNIT Elite 8

The Frogs dispatched New Mexico at The Pit Thursday night, 81-72.

TCU’s women’s basketball team traveled to New Mexico for a Thursday night tilt with the Lobos, and came out of UNM’s famed Pit with a hard-fought victory to advance to the Elite Eight of the Women’s NIT.

The Frogs trailed by as many as 14 points Thursday night, as they took a seven point deficit into the half. But a huge third quarter push gave TCU control, and a 10-1 run to close things out gave them the victory. The Frogs shot over 60% in the second half after struggling to make shots and committing bad turnovers in the first. But credit that to the New Mexico fans, as a crowd 4,000 strong had the arena rocking. The Lobos, 25-11 overall, were an impressive 19-2 on their home floor this season, but the Frogs handed them that third L with a lights out third quarter.

The Frogs outscored New Mexico 29-16 in that third frame, making 12 of their 19 attempts from the floor while holding the Lobos to just 3-16 shooting. That gave TCU a six point cushion heading into the final stanza, but the Lobos weren’t going down without a fight. UNM cut the lead to just two, 71-69, with just over three minutes remaining, but a Adeola Akomolafe (a native of nearby El Paso) hit a jumper to ignite the 10-1 TCU run, and the Lobos would be held without a field goal the rest of the way, giving the Frogs the 81-72 win and advancing them in the WNIT.

Jordan Moore led the Frogs with 15, as her impressive postseason continues. She got plenty of help though, as Jayde Woods (14), Amy Okonkwo (13), and Kianna Ray (12) all hit double digits as well. The Frogs out-rebounded the Lobos by an impressive 42-30 tally, led by Moore and Okonkwo, who had nine apiece. New Mexico’s tandem of Tesha Buck and Cherise Beynon combined for 44 of their team’s 72 points. The Frogs out-scored the Lobos in the paint by a tally of 50-26, and have out-scored their WNIT opponents in the key by an average of 30 points per game.

The Frogs’ job isn’t done though, and they will face another tough road challenge on their road to the Final Four. TCU will next take on a South Dakota team that dispatched Michigan State in overtime Thursday night. The two teams will play Sunday at 6:00pm at Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion, SD.

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TCU News: Women Keep Winning, Staff Changes Lighten GP’s Load

Patterson won’t be as hands on with a position group this fall, and that’s a good thing.


Why TCU coach Gary Patterson is in a ‘better place’ after a few staff changes | The Star-Telegram

Patterson can focus on the big picture now instead of getting overly involved with the day to day minutia.

The biggest change this season is defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow moving from safeties to linebackers. This has allowed Patterson to take linebacker off his daily ledger of responsibilities. Glasgow, who played linebacker at Oklahoma State, has coached safeties for Patterson for 17 seasons.

Paul Gonzales moved from cornerbacks to safeties and former TCU safety Jeremy Modkins was hired as cornerbacks coach after serving as a defensive analyst the previous four seasons.

Women’s Basketball:

TCU women upset New Mexico to reach WNIT quarterfinals | The Star-Telegram

The women keep cooking, as they went into one of the toughest places to win in the sport and took a postseason W.

The Frogs (22-12) trailed by seven at halftime, and by as many as 14 overall, before a 29-point third quarter put them in charge against the Lobos (25-11) at The Pit.

Jayde Woods’ layup put the Frogs ahead 71-67 with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, and her three-point play at the 2:02 mark built the lead to 76-70.

Jordan Moore led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds. Woods added 14 points and four assists, Amy Okonkwo finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kianna Ray had 12 points and six rebounds.

It’s the second time TCU has won on the road in the postseason.


TCU baseball remains ‘tremendous work in progress’ after Tuesday’s win | The Star-Telegram

This team is not yet clicking on all cylinders, and with Big 12 play starting tonight, there isn’t much time to get things on track. Schloss wants to slow the Omaha bus down considerably in response.

“We’re so far away from being the club we want to be,” Schlossnagle said. “I learned a long time ago to never look down on a win because we’ll take it but we’re just a tremendous work in progress. There isn’t a phase of the game that we don’t need to get better at.”

TCU has committed 11 errors in its past six games, including a throwing error to first by reliever Charles King in the seventh that allowed Pine Bluffs’ lone run. Perhaps it’s just a rough stretch. They had only 11 errors combined in their first 12 games.

”What’s alarming is when you see things, like tonight, they’re not physical, things we worked on since Day 1,” Schlossnagle said, referring to a few base running mistakes and fielding off the mound.

”Those are hallmarks of our program and we’re 18 games into the season and we shouldn’t see some of the things we’re seeing,” Schlossnagle said.

On Tuesday, right fielder A.J. Balta and second baseman Coby Boulware both made dazzling defensive plays. Balta quickly picked up a shallow pop that dropped in front of him and fired to third to throw out the lead runner in the fifth. Boulware tracked down a grounder on the short stop side of the bag and made a strong throw to get the third out in the top of the eighth.

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Next man up: 2017 recruiting class could become TCU cornerstones this fall

There are silver linings to having players too banged up to participate in spring practice. It gives younger or less experienced players a chance to learn, and in some cases, … Click to Continue »

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