Ninth Annual First Pitch Banquet Set For Feb. 3

Jake Arrieta will be one of the panel members at the First Pitch Banquet.

Jan. 10, 2012

Banquet Invite

FORT WORTH, Texas - The ninth annual TCU Baseball First Pitch Banquet will be held on Friday, February 3 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. Five former Horned Frogs (Jake Arrieta, Matt Carpenter, Andrew Cashner, Sam Demel and Chad Huffman) will be the featured guests along with the 2012 TCU Baseball team.

"This is our signature event of the year that provides support to our program and is always a great time for everyone in attendance," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "We decided that this would be a good time to honor some great former Horned Frogs that are currently Major League Players or on the brink of being there. There is no question that it will be an entertaining evening, listening to all of them talk about their experience at TCU and how that experience has shaped them as young men and as elite baseball players."

Arrieta pitched at TCU in 2006 and 2007, earning All-American accolades and leading the nation in victories (14) in 2006. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles and made his big league debut on June 10, 2010. Arrieta is 16-14 in 40 starts with the Orioles.

The Horned Frogs' all-time leader in games played (241), Carpenter was a fixture on the diamond from 2005-2009. A three-time all-conference performer, he was drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. The organization's 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Carpenter earned an invite to spring training where he impressed management enough to get a call up to the World Champion Cardinals on June 4, 2011.

Cashner dominated in his lone season at TCU, earning All-American honors as TCU's closer in 2008. He became the baseball program's second-ever first-round draft pick when the Chicago Cubs selected him 19th overall in 2008. The power-throwing right hander made his professional debut on May 31, 2010 and appeared in 60 games with the Cubs over the past two seasons. He was recently traded to the San Diego Padres.

TCU's all-time career save leader (20) Demel was a star on the mound from 2005-07 before moving on to professional baseball. A two-time first-team all-conference performer, Demel was tabbed in the third round of the 2007 MLB draft by the Oakland A's. A trade sent him to Arizona where he made his Major League debut on June 16, 2010. In 71 big league appearances, Demel has a 4-3 record with two saves.

A 2006 All-American, Huffman was a three-time all-conference performer at TCU from 2004-06. Selected in the third round of the 2006 draft by the San Diego Padres, Huffman has also played in the New York Yankees organization as well as the Cleveland Indians organization. He appeared in nine games with the Yankees, making his Major League debut on June 13, 2010 at Yankee Stadium.

The banquet will be held at the Omni Hotel, with a silent auction and reception beginning at 6:15 p.m. and dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Cost for the event is $100 per seat or a table of 10 for $1000. Dress for the event calls for business attire. Proceeds will go to supporting the TCU baseball team with scholarships, equipment and travel aide. To reserve your space, please call Director of Baseball Operations, Meredith Montgomery, at 817-257-5155 or email her at Interested parties can also register online by clicking here.



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