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Schlossnagle told Frogs to leave Saturday night behind, no matter how long it took

Nolan Brown gets a tap on the helmet from Garrett Crain after scoring in the second inning of TCU’s game against Stony Brook on Sunday. Brown had three hits, including two doubles, in the Horned Frogs’ 8-3 victory, setting up a rematch with N.C. State on Sunday night.
Nolan Brown gets a tap on the helmet from Garrett Crain after scoring in the second inning of TCU’s game against Stony Brook on Sunday. Brown had three hits, including two doubles, in the Horned Frogs’ 8-3 victory, setting up a rematch with N.C. State on Sunday night. TNS

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle had a final set of instructions for his team Saturday night after the stunning ending to its loss against N.C. State.

He wanted it out of their minds before they began play Sunday needing two wins to stay alive.

“I just told them, ‘I do not want you taking your jersey off until you’re finished with this game,” he said. “If you have to stay here til 3 in the morning, do it. But when you take your jersey off, it’s got to be over and done with.’ So I felt like the guys did that. Now it’s on to the next challenge.”

TCU responded with an 8-3 victory against Stony Brook in a day game Sunday, earning another chance to face the Wolfpack that night. Saturday, the Horned Frogs lost a 5-4 game on Chance Shepard’s two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning against star closer Riley Ferrell.

Schlossnagle was not surprised to see the Frogs’ resiliency.

“This has been the most resilient team I’ve ever coached – the most low-maintenance team I’ve ever coached,” he said. “Just from an experience standpoint, the way those guys like Keaton Jones, Cody Jones, Crain, Odell, Fagnan – those are some of the very best people we’ve ever had in this program.”

The next game was scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m., available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

N.C. State was expected to go with sophomore left-hander Ryan Williamson. TCU was expected to go with sophomore left-hander Tyler Alexander.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407

Twitter: @calexmendez

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