The Road to Omaha started in February for TCU. It makes a pit stop in Oklahoma City this week.
The Horned Frogs, 38-14 during the regular season, go into the Big 12 baseball tournament Wednesday as the third seed and will face sixth-seeded Baylor in the first round. TCU was 1-2 against the Bears this season.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle’s squad enters the tournament with a little momentum, closing out the regular season on a five game winning streak, three of which were by one run. Interesting enough, the streak started earlier this month in Waco.
TCU paces the Big 12 in batting average at .301 and ERA at 3.19. Leading the way is Big 12 Freshman of the Year Luken Baker, the first player in league history to earn first-team honors at multiple positions.
Appearing in all 52 games, Baker finished with a .340 batting average with four home runs and 43 RBI at the plate. On the mound, he went 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.
Junior infielder Elliott Barzilli put together a career year for TCU. Barzilli was fourth in the Big 12 in batting average at .372. He led the Frogs with 71 hits, including seven home runs, 14 doubles and three triples. Barzilli joined Baker as a first team All- Big 12 selections.
Freshman Dalton Horton led the Frog pitchers with an 8-0 record in 12 appearances on the mound. His 2.35 ERA was second on the team behind redshirt-freshman Jared Janczak’s 2.28. The Frogs were 10-1 in games Horton started this season.
The path to the Big 12 championship game won’t be easy. TCU must win a pool against Baylor, second seeded Oklahoma State and seventh seeded Texas.
First pitch Wednesday is set for 4 p.m. from Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
Written by C. James