March 10, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The TCU baseball team will wrap up a four-game homestand beginning Friday night when they host Houston Baptist in a three-game series. First pitch for the series opener is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11 6:30 p.m.
Kyle Winkler (3-0, 0.00) vs. Dylan Schafer (0-4, 6.08)
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 2 p.m.
Matt Purke (2-0, 0.00) vs. Jamie Storey (0-2, 5.68)
SUNDAY, MARCH 13 1 p.m.
Steven Maxwell (0-0, 4.76) vs. Tyler McCarty (0-3, 9.98)
LUPTON STADIUM | FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Radio: KTCU 88.7 FM
The Frogs picked up a 7-3 win over UT Arlington on Tuesday.
Taylor Featherston hit his second home run of the season.
Tuesday's victory was the first win for the Frogs when they had trailed at some point in the game (1-0 going to the bottom of the first).
With three stolen bases Tuesday, the Horned Frogs are 10-for-10 in the last four games.
TCU tallied its first sweep of the season and moved to 4-0 on the road over the weekend.
The TCU pitching staff limited Texas Tech to 12 hits in 27 innings pitched and allowed it to score in just two innings (the fifth on Saturday and the ninth on Sunday).
Through the first eight games TCU had just 70 hits. The Horned Frogs tallied 55 hits in the last four games.
Kyle Winkler dominated for the third straight week, moving to 3-0 with a solid performance on Friday. He has yet to allow an unearned run in 22 1/3 innings pitched.
Jason Coats broke out of a slump with 10 hits, including two home runs and eight RBIs in the last four games.
HOUSTON BAPTIST NOTABLES
Robbie Buller is the Husky to watch in the series as he enters the weekend with six of the team's seve home runs.
Eight of the Huskies first 13 games have come on the road.
The Husky offense has struggled out of the gate, hitting just .215 on the season, but they have connected for 18 doubles.
Dalton Schafer is the inning-eater for the Huskies with a team-high 26 2/3 innings pitched.
Friday's series opener will mark the first time the team's have met on the baseball diamond.
TCU has played eight of 33 home games already this season.
The Frogs average 4,666 fans per game, which ranks ninth nationally.
TCU established a school-record with 6,099 fans at the season-opener against Kansas.
Under Coach Schlossnagle, the Horned Frogs have a record of 168-51 at Lupton Stadium.
Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton have splashed onto the scene, turning in impressive performance after impressive performance.
After giving up a run in his first 2/3 of inning pitched, Mitchell has slammed the door. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 15 innings pitched spanning four appearances, incuding two starts.
Crichton has been even more impressive. He has made four appearances, including two starts, and has surrendered just one earned run. He is 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA in 12 2/3 innings pitched this season.
NEARING A MILESTONE
All Jim Schlossnagle has done since arriving in Fort Worth in 2003 is rack up victories. A veteran coach of nine seasons, Schlossnagle is nearing a significant coaching milestone. With 390 career victories between his time at TCU and at UNLV, Schlossnagle needs just 10 victories to reach 400 career wins.
313 victories have come during his tenure at TCU, a mark that ranks second all-time in school history. During the Frogs playoff run in 2010, Schlossnagle passed the legendary Frank Windegger who had 298 wins during his career.
BACK ON TRACK
A minor adjustment made a world of difference to junior Jason Coats and it paid dividends this weekend as the outfielder exploded offensively.
In four games, Coats raised his average from .125 to .286 after going 10-for-17 in the three game series at Texas Tech and against UT Arlington. He was held without an RBI in the first seven games of the season, but he has eight RBIs the last four games.
Additionally, the power stroke came back as he blasted two home runs and collected a double and two triples in the last four games.
A number of Horned Frogs have put together some impressive hitting streaks. Brance Rivera is the lone Horned Frog to have hit safely in all 12 games this season. Jerome Pena is close behind with an 11 game hitting streak. Taylor Featherston is close behind with a nine game hitting streak.