Friday, June 18, 2010
TCU: Not a 'camcorder club' at CWS
By Josh Davis ESPNDallas.com
FORT WORTH, Texas -- As gloves flew through the air, hugs and high-fives were exchanged and players celebrated with a center-field dog pile, it seemed as though TCU's work was done.
But after the Horned Frogs upset Texas to reach their first College World Series, senior catcher Bryan Holaday said that isn't so.
TCU isn't happy with simply reaching its first College World Series. "We're going up there to take care of business," catcher Bryan Holaday said.
"We're not going up there as a camcorder club," Holaday said. "We're going up there to take care of business, as usual."
Business as usual has been good for Holaday, who went 4-for-9 with a homer and two runs scored in the Austin Super Regional. But this trip is anything but usual for TCU (51-12), which will be playing in the final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
Matt Purke (14-0, 3.23 ERA) will start Saturday's game against Florida State (47-18).
"I've done about three or four radio shows in the state of Nebraska, and they've all talked about how the Omaha crowd tends to adopt the new team," TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "And certainly in that state, the team that beats Texas. They were pretty fired up about it."
Schlossnagle said the goal is to stay focused while letting the team enjoy the experience on the days off.
"We're going to play Saturday, then you have nothing to do on Sunday," said Schlossnagle, who, along with TCU assistant Randy Mazey, has been to the CWS as a coach for Tulane in 2001. "You can go to the park and be the biggest fan you want to be -- buy every T-shirt, go to every tailgate party, videotape anything you want to videotape.
"If you win, you're there for a long time. We will try to use our experience to help them along and limit that stuff."
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Holaday has held off a trip to Omaha in the hopes TCU would get there.
"I made a promise to myself I would never go unless I was on a team that was going," Holaday said. "Luckily, it's my last year here and my last chance, so I'm going now."
The first weekend of the College World Series is set up much like the regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament. The eight teams are split into two groups of four and will play in a double-elimination format this weekend.
Schlossnagle said he would look at tape of the Frogs' opponents, but most of his preparation will come from talking to coaches who have played the Bruins, Gators and Seminoles this season.
Holaday, known for calling team meetings, called another one Monday to make sure the team was on the same page. His message was clear.
"We were telling everybody what our expectations were and setting the goals for the weekend," Holaday said. "Just letting everybody know we're going up there to take care of business. We're not going there on vacation. We're not going there to have fun. We're going there to play baseball."
Josh Davis is an ESPNDallas.com intern and a writer for TCU's student newspaper, the Daily Skiff.