TCU prepares for baseball battle this weekend

TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle (center), junior catcher Evan Skoug (left) and junior out fielder Austin Wade (right) spoke with the news media during a press conference on Friday at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs face Missouri State this weekend in NCAA Super Regional. TCU is attempting to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., for the fourth consecutive year.

Though TCU is favored to win this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional against Missouri State at home, Horned Frogs head coach Jim Schlossnagle is not underestimating the opponent.

“I love our fans and I think we have a good atmosphere here, but it’s not going to play a role with their team,” Schlossnagle said. “They’ve had a great program for a very long time. We have great respect for them.”

TCU (45-16) faces Missouri State (43-18) this weekend at Fort Worth’s Lupton Stadium in a best-of-three Super Regional Series.

The first two games scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. A third game will be played on Monday if necessary. Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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TCU (45-16) is in the Super Regional round for the fourth consecutive season in an attempt to earn a fourth consecutive College World Series berth. TCU has advanced to the College World Series in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Schlossnagle said post season experience has paid off for the Horned Frogs.

“Our guys are veterans in this situation,” he said. “They’ve been in Regionals and Super Regionals, at home and on the road.”

During the past weekend, the Horned Frogs swept the Fort Worth Regional. TCU defeated Central Connecticut State (9-6), Virginia (5-1) and Dallas Baptist (15-3).

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Missouri State was 3-1 in last weekend’s Fayetteville Regional in Fayetteville, Ark. They defeated Oklahoma State, which won the recent Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City. They also won games one and three against host team Arkansas.

The Missouri Bears are making their second Super Regional appearances in the last three seasons.