Baseball Pre-Game Notes vs. Rice

TCU Horned Frogs vs...
at Rice * Friday, March 31 * 7 p.m. * Reckling Park * Houston
at Rice * Saturday, April 1 * 2 p.m. * Reckling Park * Houston
at Rice * Sunday, April 2 * 1 p.m. * Reckling Park * Houston
KTCU 88.7 FM (Chuck LaMendola)

The TCU Horned Frogs (12-20, 3-6 WAC) travel to Houston this weekend to face longtime rival Rice (16-16, 5-7 WAC) in a three-game series at Reckling Park. The series will consist of single-games on Friday (7 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) The Frogs have won four of their last five, including a 7-5 win at Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Owls have won two straight, including a 14-4 win over Lamar on Tuesday. Last weekend, Rice lost two of three at Fresno State, but they did win the finale. Following the Rice series, TCU will play 12 of the final 18 conference games at the TCU Diamond.

This is the 103rd edition of TCU baseball. The Frogs have an all-time mark of 1492-1294-25 for a winning percentage of .538. The Frogs are closing in on the 2800th game in school history and 1500 wins. The March 10th contest at Hawai`i was the 2800th baseball game in TCU history. The Frogs are eight victories away from 1500 wins.

The 2000 Horned Frogs are under the guidance of head coach Lance Brown (TCU, 1967). Brown, TCU's all-time winningest coach, surpassed the 400 win mark in TCU's 13-9 win over UTA. In his 14th season as the head coach at TCU, Brown has a record of 410-388. He is assisted by Donnie Watson, Barry Takahashi and Chris Connally.

The Frogs are in their fourth season in the WAC. TCU has compiled a conference record of 55-42-0, finishing second in all three seasons in the WAC. Last season, TCU ended conference play with a record of 19-10, advancing to the Championship game of the WAC Tournament. Always tough at the TCU Diamond, the Frogs have a record of 33-14 in home conference games. On the road, the Frogs have compiled a record of 22-28. This season, TCU is 2-1 at home in WAC play and 1-5 on the road.

All three games this weekend can be heard on KTCU (88.7 FM) with Chuck LaMendola calling the play-by-play. TCU fans can access the radio broadcast of any TCU game from anywhere in the world via the internet at The TCU pregame show will begin 15 minutes before the first pitch of every TCU game.

When TCU and Rice get things started on Friday night, it will be the 219th time the two teams have met between the lines TCU leads in the overall series, 112-105-1 since the two teams joined the WAC in 1997, Rice has won 12 of 17 games, including three of four in 1999... last year, Rice won the first two games, 6-1 and 8-7 in 12 innings... the Frogs took game three by a score of 4-2... Rice also defeated TCU in the WAC Championship game in Fresno... in the last three seasons, the Frogs are 2-7 against the Owls in Houston ... TCU has won one game in each of the last two seasons at Rice... Lance Brown has a record of 22-31 against the Owls.

TCU's 7-5 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday allowed the Frogs to sweep the season series, two games to none... the win was only the fourth road victory of the season for TCU... TCU had 12 hits, including five for extra-bases... TCU scored runs in six of the nine innings, including two in the fifth on Shaun Wooley's sixth home run of the season... Mark Hamilton added a solo home run in the ninth... Levi Groomer had two hits and was hit by a pitch... Hamilton and Macha each had three hits... Marshall Wilson had two hits, including a two-out single in the eighth that gave the Frogs a 6-5 lead... Brad Rogers had two RBIs... Macha scored three of the seven runs... Josh Gardner earned the win in relief, his first as a Horned Frog... Gardner pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Shawn Thompson... Stan Newton did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of relief, earning his second save of the season.

Twenty three of the 32 games this season have been decided by three runs or less... the Frogs have a record of 8-15 in the 23 games... TCU has a record of 3-4 in one-run contests, 2-2 in two-run games and 3-9 in games decided by three runs... the Frogs are now 16-16 in one-run games over the last three seasons... thus far, the Frogs have a record of 7-8 in the month of March with two games remaining... TCU has a record of 8-7 at home and 4-13 on the road (includes neutral sites)... TCU has scored 185 runs this season, an average of 5.78 runs per game... in the last 11 games, the Frogs have scored 52 runs, an average of 4.7 runs... after 32 games, TCU has a record of 12-10 against righthanded pitchers and 0-10 against lefties... the Frogs are 8-6 when they scores first... TCU is 1-3 in night games... all four night games were played on the trip to Hawaii... TCU has eight night games left on the schedule.

TCU has a team batting average of .331 in the last five games and .270 in the last 11 games... the Frogs have at least 10 hits in the last two games and three of the last five... during the six-game trip to Hawaii, the Frogs did not reach double figures in base hits... the Frogs have been outscored 61-52 in the last 11 games... in the who's hot department... Erick Macha is hitting .560 (14-25) in his seven-game hitting streak... Brad Rogers is hitting .429 (6-14) with three home runs and eight runs batted in in the last five games... all three home runs came against Texas Wesleyan... Rogers hit two in game two of Friday's doubleheader and then hit a two-run HR in Saturday's 4-3 win... Levi Groomer is hitting .294 (5-17) with four runs scored in the last five games... Groomer has been hit by a pitch in three straight games... overall, he has been hit 15 times this season and five times in the last five games.... in his career, Groomer has been hit 24 times... freshman second base Ramon Moses has missed the last eight games due to an eye injury suffered on the Hawaii trip... he is expected back for the Rice series... Moses was hitting .363 (4-11) in his last three games played... who's not hot... Tom Bates is hitting .084 (2-24) with two RBI in his last seven games... Rudy Rivera is hitless in his last eight at-bats.

Mark Hamilton continues to lead the team in virtually every offensive category... Hamilton is hitting .419 (18-43) in the last 11 games with eight RBIs... five of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases... overall, Hamilton leads the team in average, at-bats, runs, hits, home runs, runs batted in... he also has a team-leading 18 multi-hit games... Hamilton has hit safely in 16 of the last 17 games, and 28 of the 31 games played... he has already tied his 1999 season total for base hits... in WAC action, Hamilton is hitting .486 (18-37) with 12 runs scored, three home runs and 11 runs batted in... Hamilton was named the WAC Player of the week after the San Jose State series he is the only Frog to receive the honor this season against San Jose State, Hamilton hit .625 (10-16) with seven runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and six runs batted in... Hamilton has a career batting average of .369.

Shawn Thompson has 44 strikeouts in 60.0 innings, raising his career total to 304 three behind Scott Atchison's record setting total of 307 Thompson ranks second in K's and second in innings pitched with 320.2 innings on Sunday afternoon, Thompson will make his 46th career start, tying him with Frank Johnstone for first in career starts... Thompson has a career record of 19-18... he is tied for fifth in career wins... Chris Bradshaw is 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA in his last three starts... he has allowed six runs, four earned on 16 hits in 19.2 innings... in his last five appearances, Stan Newton is 0-1 with two saves and a 4.26 earned run average... Newton pitched 1.2 scoreless innings against Texas Tech to record a save... Shaun Wooley is 1-1 with one save... Mark Hamilton has pitched twice in the last five games... he has allowed six earned runs in 10.2 innings, an ERA of 5.06... Chris Frazier has allowed 14 earned runs in 12.2 innings in his last three outings, an ERA of 9.95.... the Frogs have dropped six straight games with Frazier as the starter... Josh Gardner earned his first career win on Tuesday against Tech... TCU relief pitchers have walked only three batters in the last five games -- a span of 14 innings... all three walks were issued by Gardner.

TCU's next five games are on the road, including the TCU-Oklahoma suspended game... before next Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. contest at Oklahoma, the Frogs and Sooners will conclude the February 22nd rain-shortened game.... Oklahoma leads the game 10-8 after five innings... following the trip to Oklahoma, the Frogs will play seven straight and 15 of the next 21 overall at home... TCU is 3-5 against teams from the Big 12 with four games remaining, including the suspended contest against Oklahoma the Frogs are also playing a total of 14 games against former SWC opponents thus far, the Frogs are 2-4 after the first six games the Frogs have seven games remaining... six of the seven are against the Rice Owls... the other contest is against Texas at The Ballpark... TCU has six non-conference games remaining on the schedule.

The Frogs lead the WAC in hitting and home runs... but, the Frogs are last in the league in earned run average... Mark Hamilton leads the league in batting average, runs scored, hits... Hamilton ranks among the top-five in average, hits, home runs, triples, runs, RBIs, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage... Groomer leads the league in hit batsmen... Wilson is tied for first in sacrifice flies... Chad Durham is tied for first in appearances... in WAC games only, the Frogs are fifth in batting average, fifth in earned run average and second in fielding... Hamilton is third in league play with a .486 batting average... he leads the WAC with a .865 slugging pct... WAC opponents' are hitting only .195 against Shawn Thompson.



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