Jim Schlossnagle, for the first time since taking the head coaching position at TCU, will not be coaching a Horned Frog team to a regional, as TCU ended its season with a 4-0 loss to Kansas.
The Frogs needed to win the tournament in order to advance to regionals, as they entered the tournament with a 28-26 record and a RPI in the high 90s.
After Friday’s sloppy loss to West Virginia – where the Frogs committed a Big 12 Conference tournament record nine errors – and Saturday’s Mountaineer victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, TCU was already eliminated from a possible appearance in the championship game.
The outlook was already deathly for the Frogs, and it showed on the field as TCU was shut out for the seventh time on the season and left 11 runners on base.
While TCU couldn’t find a wait to get runners across the plate, Kansas found its first run in the fourth inning. Ka'iana Eldredge led off with a single, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kevin Kuntz knocked him in with a RBI single, giving the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead.
A lead-off double from Alex DeLeon in the sixth gave Kansas another setup for scoring. After an error by Alex Young, DeLeon scored on a wild pitch and gave Kansas a 2-0 lead.
Kansas brought in their final runs in the eighth inning, as Michael Suitar smashed a 2-run home run, which gave the Jayhawks a 4-0 score.
Andrew Mitchell, in possibly his final appearance as a Horned Frog, started for TCU, going five innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out two. Mitchell is considered a top draft pick and is eligible for the next MLB draft.
Jantzen Witte, a senior who played his final game as a Horned Frog in the loss, had a single and a walk in four plate appearances. Sophomore Cody Jones led TCU with three hits in five at-bats.
TCU’s season ends with a 29-28 record and an RPI of 106. Kansas (3-0 in pool play) moves on to play Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference tournament final.