First season tournament on the horizon for baseball team

After winning a high scoring home game Tuesday night against the Roadrunners of UT-San Antonio, 17-12, the baseball team’s record moved to 6-1 on the season.

The Frogs now look to build upon this season’s strong start and they have their eyes set on the season’s first tournament of the year.

The team will travel to Houston this weekend to take part in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park, home field of the Houston Astros. The Frogs are currently ranked No. 7 in the latest Baseball America college baseball rankings and are looking ahead to a stacked tournament field that includes the No. 3 Texas Longhorns, No. 9 Rice, Texas Tech, Missouri and the University of Houston.

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the Houston College Classic is the best college baseball tournament in the country outside of the College World Series and playing in it will give the Frogs a big stage to compete on and should provide good experience.

“There will be a good crowd and it’s in a big league ballpark and the team will be excited to play,” Schlossnagle said.

For a few Frogs, the Houston College Classic will be an opportunity to return home and give them a chance to play in front of family and friends.

Redshirt sophomore Aaron Schultz, a native of Spring, said he was very eager to return home and play in front of his friends and family.

“I’m so excited to get a chance to return back home to play in front of my family and I’m really looking forward to it,” Schultz said. “There are some good teams in it this year and we’re looking to see how we shape up against them and just get better each game out.”

The Frogs will kick off the Houston College Classic on Friday against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at noon, followed by two weekend games against Missouri on Saturday at noon and Rice on Sunday night.