D1Baseball Ranks TCU Fourth-Best Program
Sept. 26, 2017
FORT WORTH – In its bi-annual ranking of the top 100 programs in Division I Baseball, D1Baseball.com has tabbed the TCU baseball program the fourth-best in the nation. In 2015 when the first rankings came out, the Horned Frogs were ranked seventh.
Since taking over the program in the summer of 2003, Jim Schlossnagle has raised the profile of the program to that of a national power. TCU has made 13 regionals after having just two in program history prior to his arrival. The Frogs are one of just nine teams to have appeared in 13 of the last 14 NCAA Regionals.
TCU broke through to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in 2009 and since have become regulars in baseball’s final 16. The Frogs are one of just three programs to have appeared in seven of the last nine NCAA Super Regionals and one of only two programs to have five appearances in the College World Series in five of the last eight years.
The Horned Frogs latest run of success started in 2014 when they returned to Omaha for the second time in program history setting the course for four straight appearances in the CWS. Since the start of the 2014 season, TCU has produced the second-most wins (198) in Division I Baseball and claimed four conference titles (two regular-season crowns and two tournament championships).
In addition to the successes on the field, TCU has produced 75 draft picks, including three first round picks since Schlossnagle’s arrival on campus. Thirteen former Frogs have gone on to play in the Big Leagues.
“ Jim Schlossnagle has clearly established himself as one of college baseball’s premier coaches, and assistants Kirk Saarloos and Bill Mosiello are regarded as two of the very best assistants in the country. The Frogs have managed to convince blue-chip prospects to choose school over pro ball as well as any program in the country, and they have developed one blue-chip prospect after another, particularly on the mound. Lupton Stadium is a terrific venue with a lively atmosphere and a charming family-friendly terrace area down the right-field line, and the administration doubled down on its commitment to baseball by investing in the 9,000-square foot Louden Player Development Center in 2014. TCU is one of the hottest programs in the nation right now, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.” – Aaron Fitt, D1Baseball.com
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