TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle is eager to find innings for Nick Lodolo in postseason, whether it’s starting or in relief.
The freshman left-hander did not pitch last week in the Fort Worth Regional. TCU swept in three games started by Mitchell Traver, Jared Janczak and Brian Howard.
Lodolo made 14 starts in the regular season, going 5-1 with a 4.28 earned-run average. He struck out 69 in 73.2 innings.
“For the future of our team and our program, I want Nick to have a chance to pitch in this kind of environment,” Schlossnagle said during a press conference Friday at Lupton Stadium, where TCU and Missouri State will play a Super Regional starting Saturday. “That may be a start, that may be out of the bullpen. We got him a good sim game this week, practiced a few situations.”
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Lodolo pitched the opener of the final four regular-season series for TCU while Janczak was sidelined by a shoulder strain, then pitched the opener of the Big 12 tournament. He was 2-0 with three no-decisions in those starts.
“The Super Regional is the one time of year where pitching depth really doesn’t matter,” Schlossnagle said. “It’s about the first four or five or six guys, unless you get an extra-inning game or you’re getting blown out and you want to save some innings on the high-end guys. He’s certainly one of those five or six guys. We’ll see how the games go day to day.”