No. 18 TCU ready for the Al Ogletree Classic

Keith Conlon is hitting .364 this season.

Keith Conlon is hitting .364 this season.

Feb. 16, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas -

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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.

Frogs on the Internet
Baseball fans unable to make the trip to Edinburg can follow the game on Gametracker or listen to the game on KTCU 88.7 FM on the radio or the Internet.

About the Tournament
The No. 18 Horned Frogs will appear in their second tournament in as many weeks when they head to Edinburg, Texas to take part in the Al Ogletree Classic hosted by UT-Pan American. The field features two ranked teams, the host school and a team that returned to baseball this season for the first time in 10 years. Each team will play each other once in the round robin tournament. The two ranked opponents will face each other on Friday afternoon when No. 18 TCU meets No. 13 Arkansas. The rest of the weekend will see the Frogs face the host, UT-Pan Am, on Saturday and round out the tournament on Sunday against Stephen F. Austin. All games will take place a the Edinburg Baseball Stadium, home of the Central League's Edinburg Roadrunners.

About The Frogs
The Frogs are coming off a disappointing home-opening loss to the Texas State Bobcats Tuesday night at Lupton Stadium. The offense mustered only three hits and none after the third inning. The Bobcat pitchers sent down the final 19 batters they faced. The defense showed signs of improvement as they made only one error in the contest.

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.

About The Tournament Field
No. 13 Arkansas: The Razorbacks enter the tournament ranked as high as 13th in the country. They had a strong showing in their opening tournament in Mobile, Ala. They swept through the tournament, topping George Mason, no-hitting Oklahoma State and eking by South Alabama. Arkansas relies heavily on an experienced pitching staff that didn't lose anybody from a year ago. They are the favorites to win the SEC-West division. Jake Dugger is the offensive leader with a .538 batting average and two of Arkansas' four home runs. On the mound they are lead by preseason All-American Nick Schmidt who earned a win in his first appearance of the season. Out of the bullpen, Devin Collis has two saves in two appearances. Defensively, they have committed has committed five errors.

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.

The Starters
GAME 1: For TCU, Sam Demel will make his second start of the season. The sophomore right-hander had a good outing in his first start a week ago. Arkansas will be his second ranked opponent in 2006. He threw seven innings against then-No. 12 Tulane, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out eight and walked four without allowing an extra base hit. His 1.29 ERA ranks second on the squad, while his seven innings pitched and eight strikeouts are tops.

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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