TCU has made four straight appearances in Omaha
Clinic set for Jan. 11.
Horned Frogs are making fourth straight appearance
Guests include Bill Mosiello, Kirk Saarloos and Nolan Brown
Clinic to be held Jan. 12.
TCU vs West Virginia - Game 3
TCU vs UC Irvine - Game 3
TCU topped UTA 14-1 on Thursday night.
TCU rallied to defeat Grand Canyon, 3-2, on Friday night.
TCU dropped the 2017 College World Series opener to Florida, 3-0, on Sunday, June 18.
Kirk Saarloos joined the coaching staff in the summer of 2012 after two seasons as the pitching coach at Cal State Fullerton. He assumed the duties of pitching coach. In the summer of 2013, Saarloos was promoted to recruiting coordinator.
"We are so very excited to welcome Kirk, Kristen and their children to the Horned Frog family," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "Kirk is one of the most talented coaches that I have been around in many years of college coaching. He is ridiculously intelligent and knowledgeable in all areas of pitching but at the same time is constantly looking to learn more and improve. Obviously, his playing career provided him the opportunity to compete at the major league level for six years and that experience really helps all of our players, not just our pitchers."
"My family and I are thankful for the faith that Coach Schlossnagle has put in us," said Saarloos. "We are truly excited to become part of the Fort Worth community and TCU family. I am looking forward to developing student-athletes at a high level and continuing the great tradition of the TCU baseball program."
In his short time at TCU, his presence has been felt both on the field and off the field. Saarloos, in addition to his duties as the recruiting coordinator, has mentored one of the nation's top pitching staffs over the last five seasons which has been key factor in TCU's four straight trips to the College World Series from 2014-17.
The Horned Frogs' 2.93 ERA since his arrival is fifth nationally. TCU led the nation with a 2.22 ERA in 2014 and ranked second in 2015 with a 2.45 ERA. Additionally, the TCU pitching staff has tossed the second-most shutouts (43) nationally over the last five years.
Each of the last two seasons, Saarloos has tasked with coaching an interesting mix of veterans and newcomers.
In 2018, the group featured a more experience bullpen than it did a starting rotation. Despite the inexperience, the staff put together a 3.45 EA, a mark that ranked 21st nationally, and led the league with a 2.79 K:BB ratio (13th nationally), 9.6 K/9 (13th nationally) and a 1.29 WHIP (36th nationally).
In 2017, the starting rotation had plenty of experience, but the bullpen featured just two pitchers with significant mound time under their belts. The group peaked at the right time in helping TCU to the CWS. The Frogs allowed three or fewer runs in all 10 NCAA postseason contests.
TCU set a school-record with 643 strikeouts and ranked sixth nationally in K:BB ratio (3.09), 10th in K/9 (9.5) and 11th in WHIP (1.22). Jared Janczak earned All-American honors, while Brian Howard's 12 wins were the second-most in the nation. Durbin Feltman set a school record with 17 saves. Sean Wymer was selected to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
The 2016 season presented Saarloos with new challenges following the departure of three starting pitchers and the all-time saves leader at TCU. At the conclusion of the 2015 campaign, TCU bid adieu to eight seniors in addition to a pair of drafted underclassmen. Heading into the 2016 season, the Horned Frogs needed to replace 48 starts, 14 saves and 406 innings on the mound.
TCU showed no signs of let up as Saarloos brought in a group of 15 newcomers to fill the vacancies, helping to lead TCU to a third straight appearance in the College World Series. Luken Baker was named an All-American in addition to earning TCU's second-straight Big 12 Freshman of the Year honor. The Frogs also had four Freshmen All-Americans. TCU once again boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the country. The Horned Frogs ranked first in the Big 12 and 16th in ERA (3.18), fifth nationally with nine shutouts and 16th in K:BB ratio (2.81).
His efforts on and off the field, garnered Saarloos the 2016 D1Baseball.com National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
A year removed from leading the nation in ERA, TCU once again fielded a dominating pitching staff that finished second in the nation with a 2.45 ERA in 2015. The dynamic group led the nation in WHIP (1.04) and ranked second with 10 shutouts and a 3.94 K:BB ratio. Additionally, the staff ranked in the top-6 in two other pitching categories: H/9 (5th, 7.24) and B/9 (6th, 2.16).
Three Frogs (Riley Ferrell, Preston Morrison and Alex Young) were tabbed All-Americans at the conclusion of the season. All three were drafted in the first eight rounds of the 2015 draft. Also drafted in June were Tyler Alexander in the second round, Trey Teakell in the ninth round and Mitchell Traver in the 28th round.
The 2014 TCU Horned Frogs rode the arms of their pitching staff all the way to the College World Series. Under his guidance, the group led the nation in ERA at 2.22. In addition, they ranked in the top six in all major pitching categories: H/9 (6th, 7.07), K:BB ratio (2nd, 3.80), K/9 (6th, 8.4), WHIP (2nd, 1.03) and BB/9 (5th, 2.22). Additionally, the Frogs set a school and Big 12 record with 14 shutouts on the season.
The staff will go down as one of the best in TCU history as they set a then-school record with 574 strikeouts in addition to posting the lowest ERA since the 1972 season. Riley Ferrell established a new mark for saves in a season at the time with 15, while Preston Morrison's 129 2/3 innings pitched are a school record. In addition to his innings pitched, Morrison posted the lowest individual ERA since 1972.
Three members of the pitching staff (Morrison, Brandon Finnegan and Ferrell) earned All-America accolades from various publications. Morrison was tabbed the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, while Finnegan was the 17th overall draft pick in the 2014 MLB First-year Player Draft. Tyler Alexander earned Freshman All-American honors in addition to being named second-team all-Big 12. Finnegan went on to make history in the summer of 2014 as he became the first player in history to appear in both the College World Series and the Major League Baseball World Series in the same year.
"He truly has a passion for college baseball and developing young people both on and off the field," said Schlossnagle. "Kirk has been a difference maker in our program despite having only been here a very short time. For a guy who has only been coaching in college for four years, he is incredibly advanced beyond his age."
The impact of Saarloos' tutelage was immediate as the Horned Frogs boasted one of the top pitching staffs in the country in 2013. They were top 15 nationally in most pitching categories, including ERA (15th, 2.78), K:BB (11th, 2.82) and WHIP (11th, 1.15). The group produced the lowest team ERA in TCU history since 1968. TCU's season ERA ranked second in the Big 12, while its 2.47 ERA in league play was tops among conference opponents. Additionally, the Horned Frogs racked up 449 strikeouts and held opponents to a .230 batting average against. Both marks were second in the league.
Individually, the pitching staff saw numerous members receive multiple honors. Morrison was honored as a first-team All-Big 12 performer, while Young was named second-team all-conference. Ferrell, along with Young, was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. Finnegan, Morrison and Ferrell each earned a spot on the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team roster.
Saarloos joined the Titan coaching staff in 2011 after wrapping up a seven-year major league. He spent his first season on staff as an undergraduate assistant for Dave Serrano. Saarloos moved into the role of pitching coach when Rick Vanderhook took over the head coaching duties in the summer of 2011.
"Kirk was one of the greatest college pitchers of all-time and a successful major league pitcher as well," continued Schlossnagle. "Combine that with coming from such a great program like Fullerton, Kirk has both the experience and pedigree to help us continue our progress toward winning in Omaha. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Coach Saarloos to TCU."
In his two seasons at Fullerton, the Titans put together a 77-38 (.670) record and won two Big West titles.
After taking over the pitchers in the fall of 2011, Saarloos coached a predominantly freshman and sophomore pitching staff to a team ERA of 3.18. They fanned 336 batters and limited opponents to a .250 batting average against. The group led the country in fewest walks per nine innings, ranked third in K:BB ratio and fifth in WHIP. At the end of the season, four pitchers earned Freshman All-American accolades.
Under his guidance, Dylan Floro was named the 2012 Big West Pitcher of the Year. The junior compiled a 10-4 record in 17 appearances. In 15 starts, the right-hander tossed three complete games. He went on to be drafted in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB draft.
Saarloos spent seven years in the major leagues, playing for Houston (2002-03), Oakland (2004-06, 08) and Cincinnati (2007). In 2001, he was drafted 86th overall (3rd round) by Houston after a decorated collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton.
In seven seasons in the big leagues, Saarloos made 73 starts as part of 165 appearances on the mound. He posted a career record of 29-30 with two saves and a 5.02 ERA. In 509 innings pitched, he fanned 251 batters. He was called up to the majors on June 18, 2002. Saarloos made history on June 11, 2003 as he was one of a major league record six Astro pitchers to combine for a no-hitter against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
As a player at Cal State Fullerton, he racked up a school-record 127 appearances over his four seasons in a Titan uniform. His first three seasons were spent as a reliever before moving into a starting role as a senior. In 2001, he went on to earn first-team All-American honors and was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year after putting together a 15-2 campaign. He owns one of the Titans three no-hitters as he blanked Pacific on April 8, 2001.
He was 33-12 with a 2.96 ERA in four collegiate seasons. He ranks sixth all-time in innings pitched, second in wins, third in strikeouts and fifth in saves. In two appearances at the College World Series (1999 and 2001), he recorded a save and allowed just two runs in 15 1/3 innings pitched.
Saarloos and his wife, Kristen, have a son, Brady, and two daughters, Emery and Lane.
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