ARLINGTON -- The Texas Christian University baseball team was honored before Sunday's game against the Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In their first appearance at the College World Series, the Horned Frogs came within a game of the championship series but fell to UCLA, 10-3, in the elimination game. Coach Jim Schlossnagle, who was named the National College Baseball Writers Association of America Coach of the Year, threw out the first pitch of the final game between the Rangers and Astros this season.
He made sure he atoned for his performance from a season ago. "I threw out the first pitch last year and sank a fastball low and in," Schlossnagle said. Headlining the list of attendees was the Rangers' 2009 first-round Draft pick Matt Purke. Purke turned down the Rangers' offer and headed to TCU, where he went 16-0 with a 3.02 ERA. He struck out 142 batters in 116 1/3 innings. "I've never seen anything like it from a junior or senior, let alone a freshman," Schnlossnagle said. "He literally willed us to winning those games. He's special." But Purke wasn't worried about the financial issues of a year ago and was just pleased to be honored by the club. "It's great to be honored," Purke said. "This place is a good place. Great ballpark, great team. It's huge." Schlossnagle guided TCU to a school-record 54 wins and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the seventh consecutive season. The Horned Frogs advanced to Omaha after stunning No. 2 national seed Texas in Austin, as TCU took two of three from the Longhorns.