No. 18 TCU ready for the Al Ogletree Classic
Feb. 16, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The No. 18 TCU baseball team will play in a tournament for the second straight weekend as they head to Edinburg, Texas to take part in the Al Ogletree Classic. Friday afternoon the Frogs will face No. 13 Arkansas at 1 p.m. Saturday, TCU plays the host school, UT-Pan Am, at 5 p.m. The final game of the tournament will pit the Frogs against Stephen F. Austin at 10 a.m.
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At the plate, Keith Conlon still leads the Frogs in on-base percentage and is hitting .364. Andrew Walker is the leading hitter with a .455 batting average. Ryan Pack leads the squad with two home runs. As a team, they are hitting .263 with eight extra base hits. They are averaging 4.5 runs a game and 8.75 hits per contest. Matt McGuirk and Pack are the RBI leaders with four each. Newcomer Steven Trout has hit safely in all four contests and is batting .250.
On the mound, the Frogs saw some positives out of the bullpen on Tuesday night. Taylor Cragin made his collegiate debut and retired all four batters he faced. Omar Arif pitched three shut out innings, allowing just three hits and recording two strikeouts.
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UT-Pan American: The Broncs are off to a 3-5 start in the 2006 season. They have a big win over a Gonzaga program that has received votes in a few polls. Since that time they have struggled, dropping their last four games since a 6-5 victory over Texas State on Feb. 5. Most recently they dropped a three-game road series to Lamar. Offensively, the Broncs are hitting .230 as a team with Osiel Flores leading the way at .389. Patrick Brooks has the lone home run on the team and is hitting .192 in eight games. On the mound, Tim Haines has made four appearances out of the bullpen and has one win to go along with one save. Ray Silva is 1-1 in three appearances, which includes one start. Defensively, the Broncs have committed 17 errors, but it has only cost them seven unearned runs.
Stephen F. Austin: Back from a 10-year hiatus from baseball, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are seven games into their season. They are 2-5 but have lost their last four contests heading into this weekend. They won their first series of the season, 2-1 over Arkansas-Little Rock, but were swept by Baylor this past weekend. Most recently they dropped an 8-1 decision to Houston on Tuesday. Offensively, the Jacks are led by Chris Smith who is batting .357 in five games. Steven Hill has two home runs and a team-high four RBI. The Jacks are a threat to steal, having swiped 10 bags in 11 attempts. They have committed nine errors, which have led to six unearned runs. On the mound, the Jacks boast a 5.66 ERA in 62 innings pitched. Jared Schrom is the ace reliever with a 0.00 ERA in six innings pitched. Eric Lehmann has both of the Jacks' wins this season in four appearances.
Facing Demel for Arkansas is the reigning Pro-Line Caps National Pitcher of the Week Nick Schmidt. He combined with three other pitchers to no-hit a solid Oklahoma State team in the Jaguar Invitational. He started the contest and threw six innings. He struck out six, walked three and hit a batter in the win.
GAME 2: A week removed from his Division I debut, Jake Arrieta will make his second start of the season. He earned Mountain West Pitcher of the Week after six strong innings of work against Houston. He surrendered just one run on two hits. He walked five and struck out five and earned the only win by a starter over the weekend.
UT-Pan Am has not named a starter, but the Frogs could face Mark Silva. He is 1-1 on the season with a 5.62 ERA in three appearances. His last appearance was a start against Lamar. Silva lasted only two innings, surrendering five runs on five hits.
GAME 3: Brad Furnish will make his second start of the season on Sunday against SFA. Furnish went five innings against No. 2 Rice in the Houston College Classic. He got a no-decision as he left with a 6-5 lead. He allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked five.
SFA will counter with Kyle Watson. He will be making his second start and fourth appearance of the 2006 campaign. He is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA. In eight innings pitched he has struck out four and walked seven. Watson went six innings against Baylor. He didn't allow a hit, but walked four and gave up a run. He struck out two.
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