Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hawthorne now a Saint

Former Frog linebacker David Hawthorne may soon be playing for Bill Parcells, as he's agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. We don't know yet how many dollars are involved in the deal, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that he'll be making more than you do. The Saints signing both Hawthorne as well as the Faclons' Curtis Lofton may signal that they are expecting Jonathan Vilma to be hit hard when Roger Goodell gets around to handing out punishment to players for the bounty scandal.

Frogs looking for revenge tonight

The picture you see above is the Patriots of Dallas Baptist dog-piling on the field at Lupton Stadium after they won last year's Fort Worth Regional. If that alone weren't motivation enough for TCU heading into tonight's home game against DBU, the fact that the Patriots swept the Frogs 3-0 last year and have won four straight in the series dating back to 2009 should.

Weather permitting (and it's not looking so swell right now), tonight's pitching match up will be a battle of true freshmen, pitting TCU's Jerrick Suiter against Jay Calhoun of Dallas Baptist. Suiter looked good in his first career start a week ago at UT-Arlington after he got through a rough first inning, and will be looking to further establish himself as a reliable starting option for Schlossnagle. No word on if he'll bat for himself tonight. Calhoun has an ERA of 3.97 in 11 appearances so far this year, and will be making his second start.

Offensively, the Patriots are batting .278 as a team and have four regulars hitting over .300. They can hit for power, too, having already hit 18 home runs this year- led by junior outfielder Boomer Collins, who has 5 himself. By comparison, the Frogs have hit 7 all year.

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TCU Baseball Alumni Report

In addition to the news that Jake Arrieta has been named the Orioles' opening day starter, here are a few more updates on former Horned Frog baseball players:

-Scott Atchison has had a good spring, but the decision on whether or not he'll make the big league roster for the Red Sox appears to be coming down to the last minute.

-Bryan Holaday was not on the roster for the Eerie Tigers (the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) when it was announced. This is leading to speculation by Tigers writers that Holaday may be starting the year at Triple-A Toledo.

-Matt Curry is looking forward to his second year at Double-A Altoona in the Pirates' organization after having taken the rare step of skipping Advance A-Ball all together.

-Kyle Winkler will start the season at Visalia, the Diamondbacks' Advance A-ball affiliate.

-Matt Purke, instead of Advanced A as was speculated recently, will be heading to extended spring training by the Nationals.

-Erik Miller will be starting the season at Class A Dayton in the Reds' organization.

Morning Dump




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