Despite Thursday’s storm, the TCU baseball team still got its work in — hitting and pitching inside a new indoor facility.
“We had a good setup already, but nothing like this,” shortstop Keaton Jones said, looking at the nearly 9,000-square-foot building dedicated in a ceremony Friday. “This is pretty unreal. It shows a lot of respect to the program and the community. It shows that we’re committed to our success and that we’ve had success.”
The Horned Frogs, coming off a second College World Series appearance in five years, start fall practice Tuesday with perhaps their most experienced team under 12th-year coach Jim Schlossnagle.
On their side this year will be the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center. Its four hitting cages, pitching mounds and pitching machines ought to give TCU flexibility for practice and a carrot in recruiting.
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“This is the best facility project I’ve ever been involved in,” Schlossnagle said. “Obviously, it’s going to help us in recruiting, but primarily in development, so we can keep developing players and sending them on to professional baseball.”
Three former TCU players are in this year’s major league playoffs: Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals, Brandon Finnegan of the Kansas City Royals and Bryan Holaday of the Detroit Tigers.
The TCU men’s basketball program had its first practice of the 2014-15 season Friday.
The Frogs return six of their top seven scorers, responsible for 84.2 percent of their scoring. They also welcome the return of forward Devonta Abron, who missed last season with an injury, and the additions of guard Trey Zeigler and forward Chris Washburn, who sat out last season to fulfill transfer requirements.
The season opens Nov. 14.