Scholssnagle looks to flip the narrative
TCU baseball is heading to Omaha Thursday for its historic fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series, searching for their first national championship.
Head coach Jim Scholssnagle doesn’t want to go down in history like another team who made four straight trips to the championship round of the playoffs, the Buffalo Bills of the 1990’s.
The Bills reached the Super Bowl every season from 1990 to 1993, but they never came home with the Lombardi Trophy. Today, there’s a documentary on their missing rings.
“I don’t want to become the Buffalo Bills,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “It’s something I’ve thought about. But it’s a lot different. We’re not going to play one game, like the Super Bowl. We’re going to play a tournament. Tournament baseball is so volatile.”
The Horned Frogs have tasted victory in Omaha: they’re 8-8 in four CWS appearances and have reached the national semifinals three times, including last season, which was the closest they’ve been to the final round.
Reaching the semifinals after winning their first two games, they had two opportunities to eliminate Coastal Carolina and advance to the national championship series. TCU proceeded to lose two in a row and the Chanticleers won the national championship in three games against Arizona.
“At this point, after doing it two times, it would not be satisfying to come home empty-handed,” said right fielder Austen Wade, a junior who will play in his third College World Series.
Catcher Evan Skoug, who is also playing in his third world series, is ready for a win.
“Coach says there’s never a bad day in Omaha,” Skoug said. “But the last two years, when we finished our season, it was a pretty bad day.” Read More