TCU Opens Road Swing At Baylor

Jason Coats is the leading hitter in the young season.

Jason Coats is the leading hitter in the young season.

Feb. 20, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

No. 14 TCU vs. No. 25 Baylor
 Dates (Time)  Tuesday, Feb. 21 (4:05 p.m.)
 Location  Baylor Ballpark | Waco, Texas
 Starting Pitchers

 Brandon Finnegan vs. Trent Blank

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 14 TCU Horned Frogs will begin a four-game road swing at No. 25 Baylor Tuesday afternoon. First pitch against the Bears is set for 4:05 p.m. Freshman Brandon Finnegan will make his first career start.

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs saw six members make their collegiate debuts (Kevin Cron, Brandon Finnegan, Keaton Jones, Preston Morrison, Michael Resnick and Trey Teakell).
Jason Coats got off to a hot start, tallying three hits on the weekend to go along with two RBIs.
• Resnick’s first career hit was a two-run double that broke a 3-3 tie.
• Friday’s crowd of 5,912 was the second-largest crowd in stadium history.
• TCU averaged over 5,000 fans this weekend, ranking seventh nationally.
Preston Morrison retired all 10 batters he faced in his collegiate debut to earn the win over Ole Miss on Sunday.
Kaleb Merck returned to the mound for the first time since June 26, 2010.
• TCU has not lost a series since a 2-1 series loss to Cal State Fullerton Feb. 25-27, 2011, a stretch that spans 13 series.

ROAD NOTABLES
• The trip to Baylor marks the start of a four-game road trip that will conclude at Cal State Fullerton this weekend.
• Under Schlossnagle, the Frogs are 121-71 in road games.
• TCU will play just 20 games away from Lupton Stadium in 2012.
• TCU will play just three road games in the month of April.

BAYLOR NOTABLES
• Baylor is hovering around the top 25 after an opening-weekend series sweep of Oral Roberts.
• The three victories are highlighted by a doubleheader sweep on Sunday after Saturday’s contest was rained out.
• Pitching dominated for the Bears as they allowed just five runs (three earned) on the weekend.
• The Bears issued just five walks over the weekend.
• Oral Roberts managed just 16 base hits in the three games and struck out 24 times.
• Max Muncy is off to the hottest start on the team with six hits in his first nine at-bats. He co-leads the team with four RBIs.
• Josh Ludy has been equally as hot at the plate with a .545 batting average to go along with three doubles and four RBIs.
• Defensively, the Bears committed three errors of over the weekend.

SERIES NOTABLES
• TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 304th time on Tuesday afternoon.
• Baylor holds a 157-142-4 lead in the series.
• TCU is 11-9 against Baylor since Jim Schlossnagle took over the reigns in 2004.
• The Horned Frogs swept the season series against the Bears in 2011. TCU won 2-0 in Waco and 7-6 in Fort Worth.
• TCU has won four of the last five meetings.
• TCU is 4-9 all-time at Baylor Ballpark.

GREAT DEBUTS
    Six Horned Frogs made their collegiate debuts over the weekend and gave fans something to be excited about. Three of the debuts came on the mound and three on the infield.
    On the mound, the trio of Preston Morrison, Trey Teakell and Brandon Finnegan retired 13 of 15 batters faced. Morrison impressed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He retired all 10 batters he face, while Teakell sat down the three hitters faced.
    At the plate, Keaton Jones, Kevin Cron and Michael Resnick produced four hits and tallied three RBIs. Resnick had a big two-out, two-run double to break a 3-3 tie on Sunday. Jones tallied two hits in his collegiate debut Friday.

PASSING THROUGH THE GATES
    Friday night saw a crowd of 5,912 fans pack Lupton Stadium for the season-opener. It marked the second-largest crowd in stadium history. On Sunday, 4,502 fans passed through the gates, a crowd that ranks ninth all-time.
    With over 10,000 fans on opening week, the Horned Frogs ranked 7th nationally in attendance after the first weekend of the season.

CLOSING OUT INNINGS
    The TCU pitching staff held a talented Ole Miss offense to just 10 runs on the weekend (seven on Friday and three on Sunday). However, seven of the 10 runs came with two outs in the inning. Four of the seven runs on Friday came with two outs, while all three of Sunday’s runs were scored with two outs.
    Conversely, the Horned Frogs scored five of their nine runs with two outs. Four of Sunday’s runs came with two outs in the inning.

SOLID DEFENSIVE EFFORT
    With an entirely new starting lineup on the infield, the group showed enormous poise on defense. The group committed just one error on the weekend and the Frogs put up a .987 fielding percentage in the two games.
    Keaton Jones was a vacuum at short, playing flawless defense in eight chances, while Davy Wright also played flawlessly at third base in three chances. Brett Johnson made the lone error, but it came on a throw to first trying to complete a double play.
    In the outfield, the trio of Jason Coats, Brance Rivera and Kyle Von Tungeln played great, with Von Tungeln notching an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home in Friday’s contest.





 

 


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