Major milestone nice, but TCU coach wants more runs

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TCU at Kleberg

Bank Classic

(at Corpus Christi)

Game 1: BYU, 2 p.m. Friday (LHP Brandon Finnegan vs. RHP Kolton Mahoney)

Game 2: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m. Saturday (RHP Preston Morrison vs. LHP Trevor Belicek)

Game 3: UT-San Antonio, noon Sunday (LHP Tyler Alexander vs. RHP Justin Anderson)

Radio: KTCU/88.7 FM

Records: TCU 3-1, BYU 0-4; A&M-CC 2-3; UTSA 3-1

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Forget the big milestone. TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle will settle for more big offense.

Schlossnagle is three wins away from his 500th career win, all but 77 of them coming in his 11 seasons at TCU.

The Horned Frogs (3-1) begin a three-game series at Kleberg Bank Classic at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi against BYU at 2 p.m. Friday.

They play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6 p.m. Saturday and close out the tournament against UT-San Antonio at noon Sunday.

Eventually, Schlossnagle said, he’ll look back and “admire those things.”

But not now. Schlossnagle is more concerned with seeing the Frogs’ improved offense continue to show punch up and down the lineup and avoid the 13-inning scoreless stretch that included a 2-0 shutout loss Sunday.

“That’s inexcusable, in my mind, for us to be like that,” he said. “I think we’re going to face more talented pitching this weekend than last weekend.”

TCU responded with 10 runs in Tuesday’s victory against Northern Colorado, which was ignited by Boomer White’s third-inning homer that snapped the 13-inning dry spell.

“I still want to see our offense be as good as our starting pitching and our defense to remain consistent,” he said of his starting pitchers, who have combined to allow only two earned runs in four games.

The competition, especially the pitching continues to ramp up in the coming weeks, including games against Rice, Houston and Michigan State.

TCU has scored 20 runs in four games, a mark the Frogs didn’t pass until their ninth game a year ago.

“Our offense is going to need to continue to improve, and I think it is much improved from this point last year,” he said. “But I want to see it handle a good pitcher. I think we’ll get that this weekend.”

And maybe a major milestone for the coach.

“I just sure wish I reached it, and long surpassed it, last year,” he said. “It just means I’ve been at a place that is very supportive and has great players and great coaches. It’s an honor to accomplish it at TCU.”

Stefan Stevenson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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