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Schlossnagle guiding TCU in regionals

June 05, 2004|By BOB PARASILITI

The Texas Christian baseball team has been Schlossnagle-d.That was the intention of the university in Fort Worth, Texas, when it hired Jim Schlossnagle as its coach after last season. But it might be hard to find a Horned Frogs supporter who thought it might happen so quickly.

Schlossnagle took the program to the next level in his first season, as Texas Christian began the 32-team NCAA Super Regional tournament on Friday. The Horned Frogs lost 6-5 to Oral Roberts in the Austin Region opener in the school's third-ever trip to the tournament, first since 1994.

Texas Christian will play Youngstown State today at noon in the double-elimination tournament.

Playing in the the regionals is becoming old hat for Schlossnagle. The 33-year-old Smithsburg native guided the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to a region final last year. The Rebels lost to Arizona State in the finals in their first trip to the tournament since 1996, falling short of a berth in the College World Series.

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Schlossnagle moved to TCU last July, replacing Lance Brown, who retired after 17 years of coaching the Horned Frogs. TCU was 35-22 in 2003 and finished second in the Conference USA tournament.

Schlossnagle helped lead TCU one step further this year. The Horned Frogs are 38-25, tied for most wins in school history. They lost the first game of the Conference USA Tournament last week and battled through the losers' bracket to defeat Southern Miss in the final to win the automatic berth to the regional.

- Bob Parasiliti

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