Preview: Long Beach State


Feb. 22, 2018


 

#3 TCU
(2-1)
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Long Beach State
(1-3)

February 23-25, 2018 | Fort Worth, Texas | Lupton Stadium | Game Notes | Twitter


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FORT WORTH – No. 3 TCU is set to open its 16th season at Lupton Stadium Friday night when it hosts 2017 NCAA Super Regional participant Long Beach State. The Horned Frogs enter the weekend with a 2-1 record, while the Dirtbags are 1-3 on the season.

WEEKEND ROTATION
Friday: RHP Jared Janczak vs. LHP Zak Baayoun
Saturday: LHP Nick Lodolo vs. RHP Eli Villalobos
Sunday: RHP Sean Wymer vs. LHP Clayton Andrews


TCU NOTABLES
• TCU held on to its top-10 ranking across all poll after opening the season with a series victory at Grand Canyon.
• TCU has been in the top 10 of the rankings since June 6, 2016.
• TCU twice rallied back from multiple-run deficit over the weekend, posting a 1-1 record in those games.
• Ten Horned Frogs made their debut over the weekend, including five in the starting lineup.
• TCU scored multiple runs in an inning six times over the weekend.
• The TCU pitching staff registered double-digit strikeouts in two of the three games.
• TCU registered 10 extra base hits over the weekend, including three from Josh Watson.
Luken Baker stretched his streak of reaching base safely to 31 games dating back to last season.
• Baker hit his 20th career home run on Sunday.
Adam Oviedo, Zach Humphreys and Josh Watson all hit safely in all three games this season.
Connor Wanhanen has reached base safely in nine straight games dating back to last year.


HOME NOTABLES
• TCU will play 31 games at home this season.
• TCU went 28-4 at home last season.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 338-106 in games played at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 113-23 at home over the last three-plus seasons.
• TCU ranked 10th nationally in average attendance this year with an average of 4,785.


LONG BEACH STATE NOTABLES
• Long Beach State has dropped three of its first four contests this season, losing a series to Saint Mary’s and falling in a midweek contest against USC.
• A 2017 Super Regional participant, LBSU was picked to finish second in the Big West Conference this season.
• The Dirtbags have struggled out of the gate offensively, averaging just 2.0 runs per game.
• Friday starter Zak Baayoun was one of 11 pitchers nationally to register 12 or more strikeouts last weekend.
• Laine Huffman has been the bright spot offensively with a .429 batting average. He is the owner of the lone home run for the Dirtbags this season.
• Long Beach State has stolen four bases this season, while surrendering only one.
• On the mound, the pitching staff is limiting their opponents to an average of 4.0 runs per game and a .194 batting average.
• The Dirtbags have committed just three errors on the season, but they have led to three unearned runs.


SERIES NOTABLES
• TCU and Long Beach State will be meeting on the diamond for the fifth time in program history.
• Long Beach State owns a 4-0 record in the series.
• All four meetings have been played in California.
• Long Beach State swept a three-game series from the Frogs March 15-17, 1991.
• The Dirtbags won by scores of 12-0, 17-8 and 12-0.
• In the latest meeting, LBSU handed TCU a 7-0 loss at Blair Field on March 14, 2017.


HOME NOTABLES
• TCU will play 31 games at home this season.
• TCU went 28-4 at home last season.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 338-106 in games played at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 113-23 at home over the last three-plus seasons.
• TCU ranked 10th nationally in average attendance this year with an average of 4,785.


 

 

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