The Horned Frogs welcomed back some of TCU’s greatest baseball players for the annual alumni game.The current Frogs dominated the game from beginning to end, winning by a score of 13-1.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle thought his team played well in the exhibition game.
“It is hard to judge a team when they are playing against professional players,” Schlossnagle said. “I was pleased with how we threw strikes and how well our defense played.”
Lance Broadway, 2005 first round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox, started the game for the alumni.
The Frogs put up two runs in the first inning off of Broadway.
Bryan Kervin, junior shortstop, scored off of a double by Andrew Walker, junior catcher. Walker would score off of an error by the rightfielder.
Kervin would start another Frog rally in the top of the third inning with a single to shallow right field.
Walker would then draw a walk to put runners of first and second base. Walker and Kervin then would be successful on a double steal attempt to put runners on second and third base.
That set up a sacrifice fly by Keith Conlon, senior centerfielder, to score Kervin. Walker would score on a base hit by Corey Steglich, sophomore third baseman.
Kervin would be the player of the game for the current Frogs, going 4-4 at the plate, having two RBIs and scoring five runs.
“This game definitely builds confidence,” Kervin said about the way he played. “This is crucial with the season coming up.”
The Frogs had an 11-0 lead after the fifth inning when current Frog starting pitcher Chance Corgan, junior, left the game.
Corgan gave up just one hit and struck out six batters in his five innings of work.
“It was nerve-racking facing some of the greats like Chad Huffman,” Corgan said about having to face some of the best players in TCU history.
The alumni Frogs would finally get on the board in the eighth inning when Huffman, currently in the San Diego Padres system, scored on a ground out by Brad Furnish, currently in the St. Louis Cardinals system.
Even though the current Frogs won the game, this game wasn’t about who won or lost.
“It was fun to see the older guys,” Schlossnagle said. “I have been here for four years so I had the chance to coach most of them.”
Another good purpose for this game is to tune up for the season, Schlossnagle said.
“It was good to get our jitters out and to get into our pre-game routine,” Schlossnagle said.
While Schlossnagle thought this was a good warm-up for the season, Corgan would have liked something else.
“It was not as good as I would have liked,” Corgan said. “I would have rather had a simulated game.”
The Frogs will open their season against players their own age in Orlando against the Central Florida Golden Knights, Feb. 9 at 5:30.