March 4, 2013
TCU Horned Frogs (3-7) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (3-9)
| Date (Time)
Tuesday: March 5 (6:30 p.m. CT)|
|| Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
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Tuesday: RH Stefan Crichton vs. Stanten Jones
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FORT WORTH -
The TCU baseball team will open up a nine game homestand Tuesday night when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff. First pitch at Lupton Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.
TCU went 3-1 last week and picked up its first series win of the season at Jacksonville.
The Horned Frogs outscored the Dolphins 23-0 in the final two games of the series. It's the first time since 2010 the Frogs posted back-to-back shutouts.
Cody Jones and Boomer White hit their first career home runs.
Alex Young tallied his first career win.
Jantzen Witte drove in eight runs over the weekend and hit two home runs.
Brandon Finnegan struck out a career-high 11 batters in Friday's loss.
The bullpen tossed 11 scoreless innings over the four games this past week.
TCU has not allowed a run in the last 23 1/3 innings pitched.
Keaton Jones holds the longest hitting streak on the team at four games.
With four doubles on the season, Janzten Witte has 52 in his career, ranking fourth all-time. He is five behind Matt Carpenter (57).
TCU played 22 players in Sunday's win and 27 total in the three-game series.
Tejay Antone made his collegiate debut Sunday.
UAPB opened league play this last weekend, dropping two of three to Southern.
The Golden Lions avoided the sweep with a 5-4 win on Sunday.
Isias Alcantar and Mike Wieland homered in the Lions win over Southern.
Prior to Sunday's win, the Golden Lions had dropped eight straight contests.
Alcantar is the offensive leader, hitting over .300 through the first 12 games of the season.
Three of the Golden Lions' losses have come to ranked opponents (No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 8 Ole Miss).
Runs are at a premium for the Golden Lions as they are averaging just 2.6 per game this season.
Defensively, UAPB has committed 20 errors on the season.
TCU and UAPB have never met on the baseball diamond.
UAPB is just the second team from the SWAC that the Horned Frogs have faced.
TCU is 9-0 against SWAC member Prairie View A&M.
LUPTON STADIUM NOTABLES
TCU opens up a nine-game homestand this week when it hosts UAPB and Pacific.
TCU is still searching for its first win at home this season.
The Frogs were swept for just the first time in Lupton Stadium history in their last home series.
The Horned Frogs have an all-time record of 234-81 at home.
After just one weekend at home, TCU ranked 10th nationally in attendance, averaging almost 4,000 fans per game.
TCU ranks No. 1 in attendance among private schools.
After a dismal 0-6 start to the campaign, the Horned Frogs won three out of four contests last week.
A big part of the turnaround was a dominating performance on the mound that saw the pitching staff give up runs in just four of the 35 innings pitched. Eleven pitchers combined to strike out 38, issue just eight walks and post an ERA of 1.29.
Five pitchers have combined to make the 10 starts this season. Six of the 10 starts have been of the quality variety. Preston Morrison leads the way with three quality starts and paces the team with 22 innings pitched.
The TCU pitching staff has not allowed a run in its last 23 1/3 innings pitched dating back to the third inning of Friday night's game against Jacksonville.
OUT OF THE BULLPEN
This past week, the bullpen combined to toss 11 scoreless innings. Justin Scharf, Andrew Mitchell, Trey Teakell and Travis Evans each appeared in two of the four games. Also seeing time on the mound was Nick Frey, Riley Ferrell and Tejay Antone.
Nick Frey leads the way out of the bullpen this season, holding opponents scoreless in all three outings spanning 7 1/3 innings. Trey Teakell has been touched for an unearned run over four innings of work.
On the season, the bullpen has posted a 2.76 ERA and limited opponents to a .192 batting average against. They have 34 punchouts and just seven walks.
Boomer White had an outstanding weekend, hitting .625 in three games played. The freshman collected five hits, including three doubles and a home run on just 17 total pitches. White reached base six of the nine times he came to the plate.
His efforts were rewarded by the Big 12 as he was named Newcomer of the Week. He is the first Horned Frog to garner accolades from the new conference.
On the season, four of his six hits have gone for extra bases and he is hitting .500 (6-for-12) in six appearances. Even more impressive are his numbers as a pinch hitter. He has two hits in three pinch hit appearances.
After a less than stellar start to the campaign offensively, the Horned Frog bats have come to life in the last week. In four games last week, the Frogs hit .277 as a team, led by Boomer White's .625 average. Three other Frogs hit .400 or better over the course of the week. Dylan Fitzgerald hit .500 followed by Keaton Jones (.462) and Jantzen Witte (.400).
The offense has been key in the Frogs' three wins this season. In those games, they are hitting .308 with a .487 slugging percentage and a .399 on-base percentage.
In the losses, TCU is hitting just .183 with a .231 slugging percentage and a .252 on-base percentage.