Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Thursday, May 31 at 11:39 PM
Before the TCU baseball players take the field, they have to pass by coolers filled with gatorade.
But sometimes it's not just any gatorade -- it's purple gatorade. Just like the school colors.
Drinking the gatorade and having everyone on board, is what helps build a winning program. Maybe that's why TCU is headed back to its ninth straight regional tournament.
Catcher Josh Elander is a big believer in the power of trust.
"Ever since you step on on campus here, you trust in coach Schloss and that begins in the recruiting process. And that's why people come here -- because we believe in the plan that he and the coaches set forth," said Elander. "It's really a blue print for success and it has been for the last several years. We all buy in and believe if we follow the blue print, and do what he says, we'll be successful when it comes post season time."
TCU is just two years removed from their first ever trip to the college world series.
Since Jim Schlossnagle took over as the head coach nine years ago, the Horned Frogs have never missed the regional tournament. Getting used to success is an easy trap, but Schlossnag preaches caution.
"Getting into the ncaa tournament is really hard, but people around here are taking it as a matter of fact. I don't -- but as the level of expectations is raised, when you just get to the regional, everybody thinks thats a piece of cake and it's not."
Maybe it's the purple gatorade.