TCU's Jim Schlossnagle "super embarrassed" by team's performance on Friday
TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle described his team's performance on Friday night as "super disappointing" and "super embarrassing."
With those harsh descriptions, a blowout might be on the mind. But the Frogs lost just 4-3 to West Virginia to open a three-game series at Lupton Stadium.
Schlossnagle's disappointment centered more on the team's sloppy start. They committed errors and didn't have the right kind of energy in digging themselves a 3-0 hole after six innings.
Sure, they battled back from the three-run deficit in the sixth, courtesy of RBI singles by Zach Humphreys and Connor Wanhanen, but that proved to be the only inning in which the Frogs scored.
West Virginia took the lead for good in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Darius Hill.
"I was proud of the way we competed on the back half of the game, but certainly the first half of the game was super disappointing," Schlossnagle said. "For us to not have played [this week], we should have been champing at the bit with everybody knowing what's at stake. I guess that's going to have to go on me, but I'm super disappointed, super embarrassed. They outplayed us. They deserved to win the ballgame."
TCU falls to 27-19 overall and 8-10 in the Big 12. The Frogs now must try and salvage a series win this weekend to keep their fleeting postseason dreams alive and get back to the .500-mark in conference play for the first time in three weeks.
"We just need to play good baseball tomorrow," Schlossnagle said. "We don’t need to be worried about a series. We don’t need to be worried about RPI. We need to win a ballgame. Period."
Right-hander Jake Eissler is scheduled to pitch for the Frogs on Saturday.
South Alabama 16, UTA 2
South Alabama broke open a 2-2 game with two runs in the fourth inning, three more in the sixth and eight runs in the seventh for a decisive win over UT Arlington in Friday's opener of a three-game weekend series in Mobile, Ala.
UTA (21-28, 11-14 Sun Belt) traded single runs with South Alabama (27-20, 15-9) to open the game at 2-2 before the Jaguars' offense exploded.
RJ Williams led the way for UTA with two of their six hits, a run scored and an RBI while three USA players had three hits.