Injuries give TCU reserves playing time

A silver lining for TCU's baseball team as it fights through injuries the first two weeks of the season has been the experience it has afforded a crop of young players.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle hopes as the season progresses and injured starters such as Jantzen Witte, Brance Rivera and Kevin Cron are back in the lineup, the reserves will have a breadth of experience when called off the bench to pinch hit or replace a starter.

But with center fielder Kyle Von Tungeln's injury Sunday, which will likely prevent him from playing at 6:30 tonight against Baylor (9-4) at Lupton Stadium, the injury situation has become more than just a nuisance.

TCU (4-6), which took two of three from Oklahoma State over the weekend, faces a Bears team that it lost to 7-1 in Waco on Feb. 21.

"We're a young team, we're still molding," catcher Josh Elander said. "So when we're fully healthy, our bench is going to be loaded with talent and experience, which is the key point."

Both the Bears and Frogs have dropped from Baseball America's Top 25 after struggling last week.

Crichton honored

Pitcher Stefan Crichton was selected Mountain West Conference pitcher of the week after throwing eight innings in a 2-0 win against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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