FORT WORTH -- The 2018 baseball season kicks off Friday night as the third-ranked TCU Horned Frogs hit the road for the season-opening series at Grand Canyon. Friday's night's series-opener is slated to air on ESPN3 at 7 (CT).
Friday: RHP Jared Janczak vs. RHP Jake Wong
Saturday: LHP Nick Lodolo vs. RHP Mike Lundin
Sunday: RHP Sean Wymer vs. LHP Jack Schneider
TCU enters the season ranked in the top 10 of all the major polls. The Frogs are ranked as high as No. 3 (Perfect Game) and as low as No. 9 (Collegiate Baseball).
TCU was picked to finish second in the Big 12 this season. TCU has never been picked lower than second since joining the league in 2012.
Over the last four seasons, TCU ranks second in the nation with 198 victories.
Luken Baker (1st Team) and Jared Janczak (2nd Team) are preseason All-Americans.
TCU welcomed 15 newcomers in the fall, consisting of nine freshmen and six transfers. The class was first in the Big 12 and 14th nationally.
TCU is one of just seven teams nationally with over 400 stolen bases the last four years. The 416 stolen bases rank sixth in the nation.
TCU's 2.93 ERA since the start of the 2014 campaign is fifth nationally.
Luken Baker enters the season carrying a reached base safely streak of 29 games and a nine-game hitting streak.
GRAND CANYON NOTABLES
Grand Canyon will be playing its first game at the newly renovated Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark.
Grand Canyon won the WAC regular season in 2017 and is picked to repeat again this year.
The Lopes return 19 letterwinners, six field starters and four members of their rotation.
Pitcher Jake Wong is projected to be the WAC Pitcher of the Year.
TCU and Grand Canyon have never met on the baseball diamond.
The Lopes are the only team on the schedule that TCU has never faced off against on the field.
TCU will be making just its fourth trip to the state of Arizona, having played at Arizona in 1970 and at Arizona State in 1993 and 2015.
TCU is 3-8 all-time in the state of Arizona.
SEASON OPENER NOTABLES
TCU is opening the season away from home for the first time since the 2013 campaign when it played at Ole Miss.
The series at Grand Canyon will mark the fourth time under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle the Frogs have opened on the road.
In 2006, TCU opened the season against Tulane at the Houston College Classic.
TCU is 1-2 in season-openers on the road under Schlossnagle and 2-2 in openers away from home.
The 2018 season also marks the 15th year in Schlossnagle's tenure.
TCU is 9-5 in season-openers under his guidance.
TCU will play 22 games on the road this season.
TCU went 13-10 on the road last season.
TCU is 56-25 in series played on the road under the guidance of Schlossnagle.
In the Schlossnagle era, TCU is 200-124 in games played on the opposition's home field.
TCU is 56-31 on the road since the start of the 2014 season.