baseball stadium encourages team
The TCU Baseball team will finish its second season in
its new, state-of-the-art stadium this summer.
Charlie and Marie Lupton Stadium is located off Bellaire
Drive, next to the Friedman Tennis Center.
The new stadium cost $7 million to build and seats about
The stadium officially opened Feb. 2, 2003 to an overflow
crowd of 3,105, according to www.gofrogs.com.
Both the players and coach said they like the new stadium.
Senior second baseman Ramon Moses said the stadium is
much better than the previous one.
He said the new stadium is one of the best in college
baseball and creates a good environment to
practice and play baseball.
Junior pitcher Chad Underwood said, Its a
whole new world.
Underwood said it is a joy to come and practice at the
new stadium, but also said the new coaching staff is another
They bring new life to the team, he said.
Coach Jim Schlossnagle, who is beginning his first year
at TCU, said the field represents commitment by the school,
and it is good to play and work for a school that is committed
to its program.
Also, the stadium has been a great experience for
players and is helpful in recruiting, Schlossnagle
Freshman pitcher Omar Arif said he chose to play baseball
for TCU because he likes the facilities and it is close
I wanted to go somewhere with a good school as well
as a good program, Arif said. The stadium
is a wonderful place to watch college baseball.
The recruiting class is currently ranked No. 9 in the
country and has signed 13 players so far, but Schlossnagle
said he is always looking for more talent.
This year, TCU has had some standout freshmen join the
Schlossnagle said that freshmen German Duran, Shelby Ford
and Chad Huffman lead the team in hitting and are at the
top of the batting lineup.
The young players on the roster are one of the reasons
Ramon Moses encourages people to come to games. He said
TCU has one of the best coaching staffs in the country
and one of the best facilities. He thinks these will all
impact the team next year.
Schlossnagle said the fan base has tremendous potential,
with a lot of alumni within a hundred-mile radius of TCU,
but he feels that the program still needs to improve and
win more games in order to increase attendance.
The team has heart, and goes out to compete and
win games, Moses said.
third baseman Shelby Ford takes a break from practice
to cheer on his teammates at Lupton Stadium.