TCU baseball will give fans a sneak peek at this year’s team when it hosts the annual alumni game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lupton Stadium. Admission is free.
The alumni roster will feature 15 players currently playing professional baseball, including Kevin Allen, Matt Carpenter, Jason Coats, Matt Curry, Josh Elander, Taylor Featherston, Greg Holle, Jerome Pena, Kyle Von Tungeln and Kyle Winkler. Others set to play in the game are Lance Broadway, Ben Carruthers, Keith Conlon, Dillon Farish, Tyler Lockwood, Jimmie Pharr, Andrew Walker and Joe Weik.
Left-hander Tyler Alexander is expected to be the starting pitcher for the varsity squad. TCU, which is No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason rankings, opens the season at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at home at against Jacksonville.
The Frogs open the spring season Thursday at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Hawaii. The tournament, featuring 20 of the nation’s top programs, runs through Saturday.
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The Frogs closed the regular season with a 154-131 victory in a dual meet with North Texas. TCU’s 200-yard medley team of Lyndsie Gibson, Gabi Korac, Ali Polhill and Julie Grace Sanders got the evening off to a fast start, winning in 1 minute, 46.68 seconds.
Sanders won four events, including the 50-yard freestyle (24.25), 100 free (53.23) and was the first leg of the winning 400 free relay (3:34.87). Mikayla Winkler won the 200 free (1:51.59), 500 free (4:58.79), and was the anchor leg of the 400 free relay. The Frogs (6-2, 3-0) now prepare for the Big 12 Championships, Feb. 26-March 1 in Austin.