Preparation for college baseball success in the spring begins in the fall.

And the TCU Horned Frogs will begin that preparation with a fall schedule that runs from late September through early November, including 28 practices over a month and a half.

The first practice will be Sept. 20, and the last will be Nov. 3.

The Horned Frogs will play two games against outside competition, along to several intrasquad contests.

The first game will match the 2020 Horned Frogs against the Texas Rangers Instructional Team at Globe Life Park on Oct. 1. Game time is 6 p.m.

“The fall games that were implemented last year by the NCAA are so critical in evaluating our players vs. outside competition, especially our new players,” Frogs head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “Certainly the game against the Rangers' top prospects will be very challenging, and it’s always a great life experience to play in a major league ballpark."

Schlossnagle expressed his appreciation to the team and Director of Player Development Matt Blood.

The second fall game will match the Frogs against visiting Texas State on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The game will be free for the public, and will include a former Horned Frog who garnered a lot of attention in a TCU uniform.

“The Texas State game will be a part of what should be a great weekend of college football (TCU vs. Texas) and college baseball,” said Schlossnagle. “I’m super excited to welcome one of our former players, Steven Trout, back to campus as the head coach of the Texas State program. This will be a great weekend for all TCU sports fans.”

Trout played at TCU in 2006-07 after helping lead Texarkana College to the NJCAA World Series. As a Horned Frog, he helped them win Mountain West Conference championships and advance to a NCAA Regional Tournament both seasons.

During his senior season, he posted a .326 batting average with 55 runs scored and 44 RBIs while being one of two players to start all 62 games. Trout would be named to the All-Mountain West Conference Team, along with earning All-Houston Regional honors.

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