TCU Horned Frogs baseball

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TCU Horned Frogs
Founded: 1896
2015 TCU Horned Frogs baseball team
TCU Horned Frogs athletic logo

University Texas Christian University
Conference Big 12
Location Fort Worth, TX
Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle (12th year)
Home Stadium Lupton Stadium
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Horned Frogs
Colors

Purple and White

            
College World Series Appearances
2010, 2014
NCAA Regional Champions
2009, 2010, 2012, 2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1956, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
Conference Champions
1933, 1956, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1994, 2004 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

The TCU Horned Frogs baseball team represents Texas Christian University and competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I. Since 2002, they have played their home games at Lupton Stadium, which is located on campus in Fort Worth, and holds 5,000. The current head coach is Jim Schlossnagle, who was named 2010 National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

History[edit]

The Early Years[edit]

TCU has fielded a baseball team since 1896, before the school found its permanent home in Fort Worth. The Horned Frog baseball team began playing baseball in the Southwest Conference (SWC) when it became a member of the conference in 1923. That year they finished the year with a 13-11 overall record and a 2-10 conference record.[1]

The Southwest Conference Years[edit]

In 1933 Dutch Meyer, also the head coach of the football team, led TCU to its first SWC title with a 9-1 record. The Horned Frogs went on to win 4 more SWC titles in 1956, 1966, 1967 and 1994. The SWC Baseball Tournament began in 1977, but the Horned Frogs never earned a conference tournament title before the SWC dissolved following the 1996 season.

The Wandering Years[edit]

The dissolution of the SWC in 1996 led TCU to wander from conference to conference for nearly two decades. Although the Horned Frogs eventually found a new power conference by joining the Big 12 on July 1, 2012, TCU made stops in 6 conferences in less than two decades. Following the dissolution of the SWC, the TCU Horned Frogs first joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). During the 1997 and 1998 seasons, TCU participated in the WAC South Division along with the New Mexico Lobos, UNLV Hustlin' Rebels, and former SWC member Rice Owls. The Horned Frogs made two appearances in the WAC Baseball Tournament, in the team's 5 seasons in as a member of the WAC. Eight WAC member schools joined with schools from several other conferences to form the new Mountain West Conference (MWC) in 2000. Two seasons later, TCU joined the Houston Cougars, another former SWC member, in entering Conference USA (C-USA) for the 2002 season.

Long time TCU Head Coach Lance Brown, a SWC hall-of-famer as both a TCU player and TCU coach, retired. Through his career as TCU's skipper, Brown notched a school-record 517 wins. After Brown's departure, TCU would go on to make several more conference moves in the early 2000s and see an emergence of its baseball program as a perennial national power.

TCU's Emergence Under Jim Schlossnagle[edit]

Jim Schlossnagle was hired as TCU's head coach in 2003 and coached his first season at TCU in Spring 2004. His impact was immediate. Former Head Coach Lance Brown had recruited several exceptional classes, which allowed Schlossnagle to coach his first TCU team to the program's first regular season conference championship in a decade, its first conference tournament championship in history, and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994. Under Schlossnagle, conference championships began piling up year after year, in conference after conference. Schlossnagle's Horned Frogs repeated as C-USA regular season and tournament champions in 2005, and once again earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to the 2006 season, TCU joined eight other C-USA members in leaving C-USA. This move saw the Horned Frogs joining the Mountain West Conference (MWC). The Frogs competed as members of the Mountain West for seven years, 2006 through 2012. Each year, TCU advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won at least a share of the Mountain West regular season title. In those seven years, TCU won four MWC Tournament championships. During this era, TCU won its first-ever NCAA Regional Championship in 2009, and repeated the feat in 2010 and 2012. In 2009, the Horned Frogs advanced to the Austin Super Regional, where the Texas Longhorns eliminated TCU from the Tournament. In 2010, TCU and Texas met again in the Austin Texas Super Regional, but the Horned Frogs emerged from the rematch--advancing to the College World Series for the first time in school history. TCU compiled a 3–2 record in its first CWS appearance, eventually falling in the semifinal to the eventual-champion, the UCLA Bruins.

In 2011, the MWC Champion Horned Frogs were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Fort Worth Regional, but TCU came storming back in 2012 by winning the College Station Regional over host Texas A&M. TCU advanced to the 2012 Los Angeles Super Regional, where they were again eliminated from NCAA Tournament play by the UCLA Bruins.

The Big 12 Conference Era[edit]

After 16 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Mountain West Conference (and after brief plan to join the Big East Conference), the Horned Frogs rejoined three former SWC rivals, the Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns, and Texas Tech Red Raiders, as members of the Big 12 Conference. Pre-season expectations for the Horned Frogs were high after the 2012 Super Regional run, but TCU finished their inaugural season in the Big 12 with a 29–28 record. For the first time under Jim Schlossnagle, the Horned Frogs failed to make the NCAA Tournament and win a conference regular season or tournament title.

The Horned Frogs showed tremendous improvement in their second year in the Big 12. TCU finished the 2014 regular season in second place and swept through the 2014 Big 12 tournament, 4-0, to earn the Big 12 Tournament title. This was the first Big 12 championship won by any TCU team since joining the league on July 1, 2012. The late-season surge earned TCU a coveted National Seed for the first time in their long history. TCU hosted and won the 2014 Fort Worth NCAA Regional. Then, as a National Seed, TCU earned the right to host its first Super Regional after advancing past the Regional. The 2014 Fort Worth NCAA Super Regional matched the TCU Horned Frogs against the Pepperdine Waves, winners of the 2014 San Luis Obispo NCAA Regional. The Horned Frogs took 2 of 3 in the Super Regional series to advance to the 2014 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In this, their second CWS appearance in program history, TCU notched a 1–2 record after winning its opening games versus Texas Tech, then falling to Virginia and Ole Miss.

In 2015, TCU earned its first Big 12 Regular Season Baseball Championship. The Horned Frogs were the fifth different team in as many years to win the conference title, and their victory marked the ninth time in Big 12 history that the prior year's Tournament champion went on to win the following year's regular season crown. During the regular season, head coach Jim Schlossnagle notched his 200th conference win and 500th total win as TCU's head coach. This season marked the 11th season in 12 years that TCU won either a regular season or conference tournament championship.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1896–1922)
1896 Unknown 4–0–1
1897 Alexander Easley 2–4
1898 Unknown 1–0
1899 Unknown 1–1
1900 Unknown 2–0
1901 Unknown 2–0
1902 Unknown 0–2
1903 Unknown 7–3
1904 Unknown 7–5
1905 Unknown 10–3
1906 Unknown 10–3
1907 Ellis Hardy 9–9
1908 Ellis Hardy 20–6–2
1909 Ellis Hardy 18–2–2
1910 Ellis Hardy 10–1
1911 M. A. Baldwin 8–6
1912 Henry Lever 12–14
1913 William Nance 17–5–1
1914 William Nance 17–5–1
1915 Fred Moore 1–11
1916 Ewing Freeland 9–7
1917 Unknown 6–4
1918 Unknown 9–4
1919 Fred Cahoon 12–6
1920 Fred Cahoon 11–6–2
1921 William Nance 20–2
1922 William Nance 13–0
Southwest Conference (1923–1996)
1923 William Nance 13–11 2–10 7th
1924 William Nance 11–7 11–7 2nd
1925 William Nance 9–3–2 9–3 2nd
1926 Dutch Meyer 14–5 8–3 3rd
1927 Dutch Meyer 7–13 7–13 4th
1928 Dutch Meyer 7–13 6–12 4th
1929 Dutch Meyer 8–12 8–12 4th
1930 Dutch Meyer 13–5 13–5 2nd
1931 Dutch Meyer 1–9–1 1–9–1 6th
1932 Dutch Meyer 6–4 6–4 3rd
1933 Dutch Meyer 9–1 9–1 1st
1934 Dutch Meyer 8–6 6–6 3rd
1935 Raymond Wolf 8–11–1 4–8 4th
1936 Raymond Wolf 9–10 8–7 3rd
1937 Howard Grubbs 7–9 6–9 4th
1938 Howard Grubbs 3–11 3–11 5th
1939 Howard Grubbs 5–11 5–11 T–4th
1940 Walter Roach 5–10 4–10 5th
1941 Walter Roach 1–14 1–14 6th
1942 Walter Roach 2–13 2–12 6th
No Team Fielded: World War II (1943–1944)
1945 Dutch Meyer 7–4 7–4 2nd
1946 Walter Roach 3–15 3–12 6th
1947 Walter Roach 4–15 3–12 6th
1948 Walter Roach 8–13 1–13 6th
1949 Walter Roach 6–14 4–9 5th
1950 Walter Roach 14–9 7–8 4th
1951 Walter Roach 10–11 8–7 3rd
1952 Walter Roach 13–12 8–7 3rd
1953 Walter Roach 7–15 2–11 6th
1954 Walter Roach 12–13 8–7 3rd
1955 Walter Roach 8–13–2 2–13–2 6th
1956 Dutch Meyer 18–8 13–2 1st NCAA District 6, L 0–2
1957 Dutch Meyer 8–4 8–4 2nd
1958 Clyde McDowell 6–12 4–9 5th
1959 Clyde McDowell 11–13 4–10 6th
1960 Clyde McDowell 3–13–2 3–11 5th
1961 Clyde McDowell 7–16 6–8 T–4th
1962 Frank Windegger 12–11 6–9 4th
1963 Frank Windegger 21–4 12–3 T–1st
1964 Frank Windegger 11–12 5–8 4th
1965 Frank Windegger 12–13 4–11 6th
1966 Frank Windegger 21–9–1 9–6 T–1st
1967 Frank Windegger 20–9–1 10–5 T–1st
1968 Frank Windegger 20–9 13–5 2nd
1969 Frank Windegger 22–8 9–6 2nd
1970 Frank Windegger 17–15 9–8 4th
1971 Frank Windegger 22–19 9–8 4th
1972 Frank Windegger 29–13 12–6 T–1st
1973 Frank Windegger 31–12 12–7 2nd
1974 Frank Windegger 31–17 14–10 3rd
1975 Frank Windegger 29–17 12–12 3rd
1976 Roger Williams 22–24 8–15 8th
1977 Willie Maxwell 22–22–1 9–13–1 7th
1978 Willie Maxwell 18–29–1 7–17 8th
1979 Willie Maxwell 21–24 7–17 8th
1980 Willie Maxwell 19–28–2 7–14 7th
1981 Willie Maxwell 27–19 9–12 6th
1982 Willie Maxwell 16–25–2 4–15–1 8th
1983 Willie Maxwell 26–25 6–15 7th
1984 Bragg Stockton 25–22 6–15 T–7th
1985 Bragg Stockton 35–17 9–12 6th
1986 Bragg Stockton 31–29 5–16 T–7th
1987 Lance Brown 24–35 4–17 8th
1988 Lance Brown 27–32 8–13 5th
1989 Lance Brown 37–22 7–14 T–6th
1990 Lance Brown 27–32 4–17 8th
1991 Lance Brown 34–25 10–11 T–4th SWC Tournament, L 2–2
1992 Lance Brown 25–30 14–22 6th
1993 Lance Brown 34–22 5–13 6th
1994 Lance Brown 38–22 14–4 1st SWC Tournament, L 0–2
NCAA Midwest I Regional, L 1–2
1995 Lance Brown 27–29 11–13 5th
1996 Lance Brown 34–33 11–13 T–4th SWC Tournament, L 1–2
Western Athletic Conference (1997–2001)
1997 Lance Brown 26–27 15–15 2nd (South)
1998 Lance Brown 33–23 18–11 2nd (South) WAC Tournament, L 0–2
1999 Lance Brown 32–26 19–10 2nd WAC Tournament, L 3–2
2000 Lance Brown 22–34 12–18 5th
2001 Lance Brown 32–28 21–15 3rd
Conference USA (2002–2005)
2002 Lance Brown 30–29 35–22 3rd C-USA Tournament, L 1–2
2003 Lance Brown 35–22 22–8 2nd C-USA Tournament, L 0–2
2004 Jim Schlossnagle 39–26 19–11 4th C-USA Tournament, W 5–1
NCAA Austin Regional, L 1–2
2005 Jim Schlossnagle 41–20 20–10 T–2nd C-USA Tournament, W 3–0
NCAA Waco Regional, L 1–2
Mountain West Conference (2006–2012)
2006 Jim Schlossnagle 39–23 17–5 1st MWC Tournament, W 3–0
NCAA Norman Regional, L 1–2
2007 Jim Schlossnagle 48–14 20–3 1st MWC Tournament, W 3–0
NCAA Houston Regional, L 2–2
2008 Jim Schlossnagle 44–19 19–5 1st MWC Tournament, W 4–1
NCAA Stillwater Regional, L 1–2
2009 Jim Schlossnagle 40–18 15–5 1st MWC Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA Fort Worth Regional, W 3–0
NCAA Austin Super Regional, L 1–2
2010 Jim Schlossnagle 54–14 19–5 1st MWC Tournament, W 3–0
NCAA Fort Worth Regional, W 3–0
NCAA Austin Super Regional, W 2–1
NCAA College World Series, L 3–2
2011 Jim Schlossnagle 43–19 20–3 1st MWC Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA Fort Worth Regional, L 1–2
2012 Jim Schlossnagle 40–22 18–6 T–1st MWC Tournament, L 1–2
NCAA College Station Regional, W 4–1
NCAA Los Angeles Super Regional, L 0–2
Big 12 Conference (2013–present)
2013 Jim Schlossnagle 29–28 12–12 T–6th Big 12 Tournament, L 1–2
2014 Jim Schlossnagle 48–18 17–7 2nd Big 12 Tournament, W 4–0
NCAA Fort Worth Regional, W 3–0
NCAA Fort Worth Super Regional, W 2–1
NCAA College World Series, L 1–2
2015 Jim Schlossnagle 43–11 18–5 1st Big 12 Tournament, L 0–2
NCAA Fort Worth Regional, TBD
Total:

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

People[edit]

TCU Baseball All-Americans[edit]

Year Position Name Team
1921 P Pete Donahue
1927 1B Bear Wolf
1934 P Slim Kinzy
1948 CF Jim Busby
1956 SS Al Paschal
1957 OF Carl Warwick
1963 P Lance Brown
1970 C Jeff Newman
1973 2B Phil Turner
1974 P Frank Johnstone
1985 OF Mike Ramsey
1988 1B Rob Jones
1994 1B Adam Robson 2nd
C Darren Tawwater 3rd
P Tim Grieve 3rd
1998 3B Royce Huffman 2nd
1999 3B Royce Huffman 1st
2002 OF Terry Trofholz 2nd
2003 P Clayton Jerome 3rd
2004 P Robbie Findlay HM
2005 P Lance Broadway 1st
2006 P Jake Arrieta 2nd
1B Chad Huffman 3rd
2008 P Andrew Cashner 3rd
2010 P Steven Maxwell 2nd
P Matt Purke 2nd
C Bryan Holaday 2nd
2011 P Kyle Winkler 2nd
2012 P Preston Morrison 3rd

Source:[2][3]

Other Baseball Awards[edit]

Matt Purke pitched the first game of the 2010 College World Series for the Horned Frogs.
Award Year Position Name
Academic All-Americans 1992 1B Scott Malone
Freshman All-Americans 1996 DH Royce Huffman
2004 OF Chad Huffman
3B Shelby Ford
SS German Duran
2005 DH Matt McGuirk
C Andrew Walker
2008 P Sean Hoelscher
2010 P Matt Purke
SWC Player of the Year 1963 P Lance Brown
1966 2B Jimmy Duffy
SWC Freshman of the Year 1996 DH Royce Huffman
WAC Player of the Year 1999 3B Royce Huffman
C-USA Pitcher of the year 2003 P Clayton Jerome
2005 P Lance Broadway
C-USA Player of the Year 2004 OF Chad Huffman
MWC Pitcher of the Year 2006 P Jake Arrieta
MWC Freshman of the Year 2010 P Matt Purke
MWC Pitcher of the Year 2010 P Steven Maxwell
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Collegiate Baseball Freshman Pitcher of the Year 2010 P Matt Purke
Johnny Bench Award 2010 C Bryan Holaday

Source:[2][4]

Horned Frogs in Major League Baseball[edit]

Name Team Years on Team
Louis Drucke New York Giants 1909-1912
Ona Dodd Pittsburgh Pirates 1912
Jim Haislip Philadelphia Phillies 1913
Claude Cooper New York Giants 1913
Philadelphia Phillies 1916-1917
Pete Donahue Cincinnati Reds 1921-1930
New York Giants 1930-1931
Cleveland Indians 1931
Boston Red Sox 1932
A.S. Douglass Cincinnati Reds 1921-1925
Boob Fowler Cincinnati Reds 1932-1925
Boston Red Sox 1926
Leo Tankersley Chicago White Sox 1925
Bear Wolf Cincinnati Reds 1927
Tex Carleton St. Louis Cardinals 1932-1934
Chicago Cubs 1935-1938
Brooklyn Dodgers 1940
Slim Kinzy Chicago White Sox 1934
L. D. Meyer Chicago Cubs 1937
Detroit Tigers 1940-1942
Cleveland Indians 1945-1946
Randy Jackson Chicago Cubs 1950-1955
1959
Brooklyn Dodgers 1956-1957
Los Angeles Dodgers 1958
Cleveland Indians 1958-1959
Jim Busby Chicago White Sox 1950-1952
1955
Washington Senators 1952-1955
Cleveland Indians 1956-1957
Baltimore Orioles 1957-1958
1960-1961
Boston Red Sox 1959-1960
Houston Colt .45s 1962
Carl Warwick Los Angeles Dodgers 1961
St. Louis Cardinals 1961-1962
1964-1965
Houston Colt .45s 1962-1963
Baltimore Orioles 1965
Chicago Cubs 1966
Tommy Gramly Cleveland Indians 1968
Chuck Machemehl Cleveland Indians 1971
Jeff Newman Oakland Athletics 1976-1982
Boston Red Sox 1983-1984
Freddie Benavides Cincinnati Reds 1991-1992
Colorado Rockies 1993
Montreal Expos 1994
Tim Mauser Philadelphia Phillies 1991,1993
San Diego Padres 1993-1995
John Briscoe Oakland A's 1991-1996
Chris Eddy Oakland A's 1995
Glenn Dishman San Diego Padres 1995-1996
Philadelphia Phillies 1996
Detroit Tigers 1997
Jeff Zimmerman Texas Rangers 1999-2001
Scott Atchison Seattle Mariners 2004-2005
San Francisco Giants 2007
Boston Red Sox 2010
Lance Broadway Chicago White Sox 2007-2009
New York Mets 2009
Geno Espineli San Francisco Giants 2008
Andrew Cashner Chicago Cubs 2010-2011
Jake Arrieta Baltimore Orioles 2010-2011
Chad Huffman New York Yankees 2010
Sam Demel Arizona Diamondbacks 2010-2011
Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals 2011
Brandon Finnegan Kansas City Royals 2014

Source:[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TCU Baseball 2006 Media Guide TCU Baseball, p. 99
  2. ^ a b TCU Baseball 2006 Media Guide p. 94
  3. ^ TCU Press ReleaseHuffman and Arrieta earn All-Star; June 13, 2006
  4. ^ [1] MWC Press Release May 22, 2006
  5. ^ BaseballReference.com Texas Christian University Page