Baseball set to open fall workouts Friday
Sept. 13, 2007
Fort Worth, Texas - The two-time Mountain West Conference champion TCU Horned Frog baseball team is slated to open fall practice Friday,?Sept. 14. All practices will be held at Lupton Stadium and are set to run through October 28. The fall season culminates with the Purple-White World Series slated to start October 20.
The Frogs will conduct 33 practices this fall due to the new NCAA rules that pushed back the regular season start date. TCU will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. Weekday practices will begin at 2:30 p.m. with weekend times to be determined. The Purple-White World Series will span two weekends beginning the weekend of Oct. 20 and ending the following weekend.
"The new rules for college baseball regarding fall practice have come at a great time for our program," remarked Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle. "Last year, we had 18 fall practices. This year, we have planned for 33 over a seven week period. With all of the transition in our program since last year and 16 new players, we really need this time to evaluate where guys are going to fit in and give them a chance to improve. Without question, this is the most important fall practice that I have been a part of in 18 years of college coaching."
TCU returns 21 members from a team that claimed the regular season and tournament titles for the second straight season in the Mountain West. The Frogs also made their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Frogs return three starters on the infield and one starter in the outfield. All-conference performers Bryan Kervin, Matt Vern and Clint Arnold will anchor the Frogs lineup. 2006 second-team all-conference honoree Matt Carpenter will make his return to the field after missing the majority of the 2007 season with an elbow injury.
"We return three fourths of our infield which played very well last year and get back a healthy Matt Carpenter, so I think our infield will be a strong suit for us," said Schlossnagle. "Other than Clint Arnold, our outfield is wide open. We will look at all of our new players out there as well as possibly moving Matt Vern to the outfield. Getting Matt McGuirk back at full speed should also be a bonus...he has tremendous ability as was shown in his freshman year."
The Frogs pitching staff will get a boost with the return of a healthy Dillon Farish, who missed the entire 2007 season with an injury, as well as Seth Garrison, who will return from Tommy John surgery in the spring. Steven Maxwel had a tremendous summer campaign in the Texas Collegiate League.
"Our pitching staff, obviously, is going to have to be completely overhauled," said Schlossnagle. "I like what I've seen in the individual workouts to this point...we are just drastically less experienced than last year, which is why the length of fall practice can be a bonus for our new guys and the pitchers from last year that didn't throw significant innings but are talented."