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Baseball begins season with 3-0 against Bearkats

Editor’s note: In light of an editorial error, this article was revised for accuracy at 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

The Frogs kicked their season off to a solid start and are now 3-0 after a weekend series against the Sam Houston State Bearkats.

The No. 11 Frogs scored 31 runs on 40 hits in the series.

Friday night showcased first-class pitching from juniors Steven Maxwell and Trent Appleby and senior Eric Marshall, which led to a 4-0 victory for the Frogs.

Saturday’s game debuted freshman pitcher Matt Purke, who threw in the low- to mid-90s throughout his time on the mound. Plenty of runs early on in the game helped him relax and gave the Frogs their second win 12-7.

Sunday rounded the weekend off with the first three home runs of the season from junior Jerome Pena and seniors Bryan Holaday and Matt Curry.

Sophomore pitcher Kyle Winkler said the Frogs’ lineup this year does not have any give in it.

“The big thing was whether or not we were going to hit this year,” Winkler said. “I can definitely tell we’re going to be able to hit with anybody on this team.”

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said this weekend was not representative of the kind of team Sam Houston has, and it remains to be seen if the Frogs will stay this strong all season.

“I like our team, but we’ve got to see how we handle adversity,” he said.

Freshman Josh Elander said this next week of games against Baylor and Cal State Fullerton will be a challenge, but he said he is glad to have started the season well.

“It gives a lot of confidence going into next weekend where we play Cal State Fullerton, who’s always a national powerhouse,” Elander said.

The Frogs will play Baylor tomorrow at 3 p.m. before heading to Cal State Fullerton for a three-day weekend series. The Cal State Titans are ranked in the top five in all four major national polls.

TCU vs. Baylor

When: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Waco, Texas

Follow the game by tuning in to KTCU FM 88.7 “The Choice.”

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