TCU And Cal State Fullerton Set For Weekend Duel

Brance Rivera leads the team with a .438 average.

Brance Rivera leads the team with a .438 average.

Feb. 24, 2011

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In what has become highly-contested series, #3 TCU and #12 Cal State Fullerton will renew rivalries this weekend at Lupton Stadium.  The three-game series is slated to begin Friday night at Lupton Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 • 6:30 p.m.

Kyle Winkler (1-0, 0.00) vs. Noe Ramirez (1-0, 1.29)
Steven Maxwell (0-0, 3.00) vs. Tyler Pill (0-0, 4.50)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27 • 1 p.m.
Matt Purke (1-0, 0.00) vs. Colin O'Connell (1-0, 1.29)
TV: The Mtn. | Radio: KTCU 88.7 FM

• TCU got back on track with a dominating 2-0 win over Baylor Tuesday night.
Taylor Featherston drove in both runs, while Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton dominated on the mound.
• With the 2-1 series win over Kansas, TCU has now won 20 straight regular season series dating back to the 2009 season.
Kyle Winkler and Erik Miller combined to throw TCU's 16th one-hitter in school history on Saturday.
• TCU's motto for the season is "We Fight Back" in honor of the Frogs For The Cure campaign that benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation in its quest to find a cure for breast cancer.

• The Horned Frogs will play 33 home games in 2011.
• The Frogs averaged 4,964 fans per game, which ranked ninth nationally.
• TCU established a school-record with 6,099 fans at the season-opener.
• Under Coach Schlossnagle, the Horned Frogs have a record of 166-48 at Lupton Stadium.

• The Titans went 2-2 on opening weekend, taking two-of-three from Long Beach State and losing a 10-inning affair to North Carolina.
• Carlos Lopez was the hottest hitter on the weekend with a .471 average that included eight hits.
• On the mound, Colin O'Connell and Noe Ramirez each showed electric stuff, allowing a run each in seven innings with a combined 11 strikeouts.
• Defensively, the Titans committed just two errors.
• Opponents are hitting .301 against the staff.

• TCU and Cal State Fullerton are meeting for the fourth straight season and TCU leads this on-going series 5-4.
• Overall, Cal State Fullerton leads the series 8-5.
• TCU has won both series at Goodwin Field, while Fullerton has won the lone series at Lupton.
• Head coach Jim Schlossnagle is 6-9 all-time against the Titans.

A record-breaking weeknd at Lupton Stadium saw over 14,000 fans pass through the turnstiles. Friday night, the Frogs set a school record with 6,099 fans. That broke the previous record of 4,375 set against Texas A&M last year. In fact, all three attendance figures this season have topped the A&M game. Saturday's contest had 4,401 fans, while the series finale had 4,393 fans in attendance. The total in 14,893 fans passed through the turnstiles. That total ranked 9th nationally this weekend. The average 4,964 fans also ranked ninth nationally.

Kyle Winkler had an outstanding start on Saturday en route to earning MWC Pitcher of the Week honors. He teamed with Erik Miller to toss the program's 16th one-hitter. The lone hit in the contest was a seeing-eye single that bounced through the drawn-in infield in the fourth inning. Winkler retired the side in order in six of the seven innings he pitched and Miller retired all six batters he faced. In total, the Frogs faced just one batter over the minimum in the contest. The last one-hitter for the Frogs came two years ago at UT Pan American. On April 11, 2009, Greg Holle, Sean Hoelscher, Kaleb Merck and Derek Ver Hagen combined to hold the Broncs to a single hit in the ninth inning.

TCU's 14-inning affair against Kansas on Sunday was the longest game in Coach Schlossnagle's tenure as the Frogs' head coach. The longest game under Schlossnagle has been 12 innings. The Frogs have gone 12 innings on four occasions under Schlossnagle, the latest being the resumed game against Air Force on May 14. The last time the Frogs played a 14-inning game was in 2000. TCU lost a 9-6 decision to then-Southwest Texas State on Feb. 5.

TCU used two freshmen to hand Baylor a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday night. The combination of Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton held a Bear offense in check. Mitchell faced the minimum number of batters through 6 2/3 innings. He gave way to Cricton after issuing a walk. Crichton should have faced the minimum seven batters if not for a two-out error. . All told, the Bears only sent two men over the minimum to the plate in the contest.

TCU showed some team speed this past weekend as it racked up three triples, including two in Saturday's 7-1 victory. Brance Rivera, Aaron Schultz and Jimmie Pharr tallied the triples and interestingly enough, all three scored after tripling. The Frogs record for triples in a season is 33 set twice in 1998 and 2001.

The Horned Frogs played solid defensively in their first four games of the season. They committed just three errors on the weekend and boast a .982 fielding percentage on the young season.

Horned Frog hitters took the phrase "take one for the team" to heart in the first four games of the season as they have walked away with 10 bruises. Taylor Featherston was the targer of four inside pitches, while Aaron Schultz was the recipient of three. Brance Rivera, Jantzen Witte and Joe Weik have also been plunked. Three of those hit-by-pitch runners have come around to score a run.



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