TCU Baseball Weekend Recap

TCU drops 2 of 3 on the weekend to Kansas in what was their first Big 12 series. While the Frogs garnered their first Big 12 win, defense let the Frogs down Saturday, and on Sunday, the Frogs were not able to push across a run in 12 innings.

After four errors cost TCU on Saturday, the Frogs got a nice performance from Brandon Finnegan on the mound Saturday. Finnegan gave up just five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Andrew Mitchell then came in for the Frogs and worked into the 12th inning, but Kansas pushed across two runs, handing Mitchell his first loss of the season.

The Frogs are now 8-11 on the season, and they finished a nine game homestand with a 5-4 record.

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said after Sunday's loss, "The baseball gods are really testing the Frogs right now."

Andrew Mitchell also spoke to the media after the loss. Here is what Jim Schlossnagle and Mitchell said Sunday.

Jim Schlossnagle:

On today's game:

"We're not the most offensive team as you've seen. They made good pitches, and they made plays. It was just a matter of who was going to get the ball to fall in at the right time. When you leave the bases loaded with nobody out, you have to play really well to overcome something like that happening. When you don't cash in that opportunity, the baseball gods aren't going to look very kindly on you."

On the reasons for struggling with the bats:

"I am hoping it is a mental thing. I am hoping it's not a talent thing. With the guys who have proven it, it can be mental or mechanical. Derek O'Dell, Kevin Cron, and Jerrick Suiter, those guys have proven that they can be good division one hitters. With one of them it's a mechanical thing. With a couple of them it is a mental deal. The bottom line is you have to produce. The guys who are supposed to be our role players right now are doing a good job of doing what they need to do. The guys who are supposed to be our marquee players haven't performed up to their capability. I think they will, but they need to do it sooner rather than later."

On Brandon Finnegan:

"I thought he was outstanding. He bounced back well after his last couple of outings. He was in control of the game. Kansas put a lot of pressure on him (they put a lot of pressure on everybody) on the bases and he made pitches. I'm proud of him and Mitchell. That's the most number of pitches [Mitchell] has thrown in a long time."

On playing at Rangers ballpark:

"It's really good of the Rangers to let us do that, and it is a really big game for us. We're going to have to play well to win, but it should be a great experience. I don't know a whole lot about UTA, but they are always well-coached. Coach Thomas does a phenomenal job. They're an NCAA tournament team."

On metroplex rivalries:

"It's awesome for baseball in the Metroplex. Between TCU, Dallas-Baptist, and UTA, that's three NCAA tournament programs. It's great for the fans, and it's really great for our program to get a chance to play such good teams locally."

Andrew Mitchell:

"This was the first time I've gone really over one inning. I felt good the whole time, and I let adrenaline take over."

On adjusting to the bullpen:

"I think I have. It's always a new situation. It's always an ever-changing thing, but I think I am getting used to coming in and being able to go right from the start."

On pitching to Bacak:

"My first two years I threw to Elander and Jimmie Pharr, but Bacak is right there as far as a receiver. He has taken control of the staff, and he does a really good job with us."

On team's mindset:

"Sometimes you can feel like if you make a mistake we lose, but you have to trust your team and know that if you make a mistake they've got to pick you up."


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