To the coach, TCU’s triumph over its Ivy League counterpart on Saturday was as appealing to the baseball mind as the Horned Frogs’ St. Patrick’s Day-themed uniform arrangement was to the fashionista.
Of more concern was that the effort in a 5-1 victory over Dartmouth on the Ides of March might be as foreboding as the skies on Saturday, especially on the eve of the start of Big 12 Conference play.
It was all enough to both draw the ire and arouse a hot opinion or two from the boss, coach Jim Schlossnagle, who used several minutes after the game in a closed-door session with his team to let them know exactly what he thought about it.
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“There was nothing impressive about the effort of TCU,” said a tart Schlossnagle, who appeared to have downed two spoonfuls of horseradish as he spoke, despite his team improving to 11-7. “We’re so far from our brand of baseball, at least the way I and our fans have become used to.
“Nonaggressive and little energy. That doesn’t meet the standards of what I think our program should be.”
Boomer White, like his teammates outfitted in a green “TCU” cap and the purple jersey staple, continued to swing a good bat. White was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, including one in the first that salvaged a once potential big inning.
Cody Jones and Dylan Fitzgerald walked to start the frame against Michael Danielak (0-1). But Jones, who leads the nation in stolen bases, was picked off second by Danielak, taking the lead runner and the air out of momentum.
In the top of the first, Schlossnagle made a bee-line march to the mound after starter Preston Morrison (2-2) made two pickoff attempts to first that almost skirted past Garrett Crain.
“I want him to be aggressive on the bases, but that wasn’t the time to do that,” Schlossnagle said of Jones. “If you’re going to lead the nation in stolen bases, you’re going to make some outs on the bases.
“But that wasn’t the time. It was a very poor decision.”
Morrison picked up the victory, pitching eight innings of eight-hit ball.
He gave up a single and double in the eighth to Thomas Roulis and Jeff Keller, who accounted for the only run for the Big Green (1-4).
“He wasn’t too happy,” White said of Schlossnagle’s postgame meeting. “We got away with one today. We really need to bring it [Sunday].
TCU and Dartmouth close out the nonconference series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Then it’s on to Norman, Okla., for a game with Big 12 peer Oklahoma on Tuesday before vastly improved Texas Tech arrives in Fort Worth for a three-game series beginning Friday.
The coach will be taking notes.
“My job is to hold myself, our players and our staff accountable,” Schlossnagle said. “That’s what I’m paid to do. And when it doesn’t happen, it falls on me. I was so disappointed.”