Baseball Preview: No. 1 TCU not running from expectations
With the No. 1 preseason ranking for 2017, expectations for the Horned Frogs are clear: return to the College World Series in Omaha and bring home the crown.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team’s position is enviable, but complicated.
“You’ve got two options when those things come along: you can not talk about it and run away from it, or as the Cubs did this past year, you can embrace it,” Schlossnagle said.
The Chicago Cubs, whose starting rotation includes former Horned Frog Jake Arrieta, broke a 108-year championship drought last October. A college World Series win would be a first for the Frogs.
“We kind of stole something from the Cubs. We’re going to embrace the target,” pitcher Brian Howard said.
Much of last year’s team is back, including eight everyday position players and nine pitchers – the entire weekend rotation, their left-handed setup arm and closer.