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Baseball team prepared to face first series

It’s time for baseball season again, and the Frogs are ready to go for their first series of the season.

Sophomore pitcher Kyle Winkler said the pitchers have been pitching every day in preparation for their 2010 season.

“We expect to go to the College World Series every year and win it,” Winkler said. “My expectation is to be the best I can be and do my best for the team.”

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team wants to be prepared for every game situation they can think of.

“We’re just trying to get better every day and be a little bit better team tomorrow than we will be today,” Schlossnagle said.

He said the start of the season will be a challenging one for the Frogs.

“Nine of our first 11 games are against teams that were in the NCAA post-season, so we have a really tough schedule to open the year,” he said.

The Frogs face the Sam Houston State Bearkats, who played in the NCAA tournament last year, tonight in their season opener.

The Frogs head into the season as the favorite to win the Mountain West Conference regular season championship, with four priors already on their record.

Senior first baseman Matt Curry said he has been shaping up and slimming down to prepare for his final season.

“I’ve lost 40 pounds over the off-season,” Curry said. “I’ve been doing a lot for my body to get in shape and be more agile for first base and get to balls that I used to not get to.”

Even the snow still on the field from last week’s storm isn’t a damper for this team.

“(As) soon as it warms up and we get the snow off our field I’ll be real excited,” Schlossnagle said. “We’re fired up.”

TCU vs. Sam Houston State

When: 6:30 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lupton Stadium

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