TCU’s Janczak Surprises Potent AggiesColumns
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — As TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle marveled about his redshirt freshman righthander, Jared Janczak, following a dominant 8-2 road win over Texas A&M to kick off the College Station Super Regional, Janczak, a Central Texas native, remained stoic. No cracking smiles or soaking in his coach hailing him as a potential hero that could help the Horned Frogs get back to the College World Series.
Janczak sat back, answered all the questions from the media, and approached everything in a business-like manner. That was his demeanor on the field as well, as he introduced himself to the college baseball world in sparkling fashion, taming one of the nation’s most potent offenses and getting his Frogs off to a terrific start in the best-of-three series.
“I thought Jared was outstanding in the middle innings,” Schlossnagle said. “He elevated the ball early in the game, but he got the ball sinking and going down in the strike zone after that. He pitched really, really well.”
On paper, the series opener between the Aggies and Frogs looked to tilt the Maroon and White’s way. Sophomore Brigham Hill had been terrific the second half of the season and blossomed into the one of the elite starting pitchers in the Southeastern Conference. He was also at home in this one. On the flip side, you had Janczak, who was making just his fifth start of the season, while also being a redshirt freshman in such a stressful environment.
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