TCU Wraps Up Homestand Tuesday Night

Feb. 17, 2014

Ole Miss

No. 19 TCU (2-1) vs. Northern Colorado (0-3)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday: Feb. 18 (6:30 p.m. CT)
 Location  Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
 Tuesday: FSSW+
 Starting Pitchers
 Tuesday: TBA vs. TBA
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Tuesday
 Radio/TV Talent  Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
 Gametracker  Friday
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Baseball Twitter

FORT WORTH - The No. 19 TCU baseball team will wrap up their season-opening four-game homestand Tuesday night when they host Northern Colorado at 6:30. The game is slated to be televised on FSSW+.

TCU is among the top 30 teams in all of the major polls after going 2-1 in the opening weekend. The opening weekend series attendance was 10,222. Seven Horned Frogs (five hitters, two pitchers) made their TCU debuts this past weekend.

The Horned Frogs were paced offensively by Cody Jones' .417 average. Jones was a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen bases. Kevin Cron had two doubles over the weekend and posted a .500 on-base percentage. He reached base safely in all three games. Six of TCU's 10 runs were scored with two outs. Jerrick Suiter led the way with three RBIs, all coming with two outs.

Brandon Finnegan picked up his first win since June 3, 2012. He fanned a career-high 13 batters in a 5-0 win. Trey Teakell has not allowed an earned run in his last eight outings, spanning 19 2/3 innings. Preston Morrison went eight innings in a start for the 11th time in his career. Defensively, the Frogs had an error in each game.

Northern Colorado is in the midst of playing five games in five days to open the season. The Bears dropped the first three games of the season at Sam Houston State. UNC has been outscored 18-4 in the three contests.

Jake Ekman has gotten off to the hottest start with five hits and a .500 (5-for-10) batting average. Ben Netzel has two of the Bears' four RBIs. Ryan Yamane is a perfect 2-for-2 in stolen bases. On the mound, the Bears have posted a 5.62 ERA and are allowing opponents to hit .302. Josh Wagner has appeared in two of the three games this season. The bullpen has posted an ERA of 4.90, while the starters have 5.94 ERA. Defensively, the Bears have five errors and have surrendered nine stolen bases.

TCU and Northern Colorado are meeting on the diamond for the first time in series history. The Bears are one of four new teams the Horned Frogs will play this season. TCU will also meet Michigan State, Dartmouth and Cal State Northridge for the first time in program history.

The Horned Frogs will play 31 home games this season. TCU holds an all-time record of 252-93 at Lupton Stadium. The Horned Frogs are 48-12 under head coach Jim Schlossnagle in home midweek contests.

Last season, TCU ranked 11th nationally in attendance, averaging almost 3,600 fans per game. TCU averaged 3,407 fans per game this past weekend.

Brandon Finnegan made 21st century history for TCU when he was named the Opening Day starter for the second year in a row.

He didn't disappoint as he tossed seven dominating innings to help the Horned Frogs get the 5-0 victory. Finnegan fanned eight of the first nine batters he faced en route to a career-high 13 strikeouts.

It marked the third time in his career the left-hander notched double-digit strikeouts. Finnegan struck out 11 at Jacksonville last season and 12 against Texas.

His efforts earned him his first career Pitcher of the Week accolade.

No surprise to followers of TCU baseball, but preseason All-American Preston Morrison picked up right where he left off last season, tossing eight shutout innings to help the Frogs to a 5-1 win over Jacksonville on Saturday.

For the 20th time in his career, the junior turned in a quality start (6 or more innings). He tossed eight scoreless frames. Eleven times, Morrison has thrown at least eight innings in a start.

He has started 27 games over the course of his career and boasts a miniscule 1.76 ERA in 183 2/3 innings pitched.

Seven Horned Frogs made their TCU debuts this weekend. Five hitters at the plate and two pitchers on the mound got their first taste of playing baseball at TCU.

On the mound, Tyler Alexander and Brian Trieglaff pitched in their first collegiate games.

Alexander was the tough-luck losing pitcher in his debut allowing a run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Trieglaff allowed a run on a hit in his lone inning of work.

At the plate, the Frogs saw the beginning of five careers. Making their debuts were Garrett Crain, Connor Castellano, Jeremie Fagnan, Dylan Delso and Will Fox.

Crain posted a .333 average with an RBI, while Castellano matched Crain's three total hits and posted a .273 average.

The Horned Frogs did a solid job of keeping innings alive with two outs over the weekend and more often than not, the effort result in runs. Six of the 10 runs scored by the Horned Frogs came with two outs in the inning.

Jerrick Suiter leads the Frogs with three RBIs this season, all of them coming with two outs. TCU is hitting .290 as a team with two outs this season. The Frogs have gone down in order in just five of the 25 innings they've been on offense.

Last season, the Horned Frogs tallied only 88 two-out RBIs on the season and hit just .231 as a team with two outs.



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