TCU Puts Win Streak On The Line At K-State
March 30, 2017
MANHATTAN, Kan. - No. 3 TCU will take its five-game winning streak on the road this weekend when it visits Kansas State for its first road Big 12 series.
• TCU remained ranked in the top 5 of all the national polls this week.
• TCU registered its 12th Big 12 Conference sweep in program history this past weekend against OSU.
• TCU stretched its winning streak to five games with a midweek series sweep of UTRGV.
• The pitching staff lowered its ERA under 4.00 for the first time since March 5 thanks to a 2.30 ERA during the current winning streak.
• TCU is 10-of-11 in stolen base attempts in the last five games. The Frogs lead the league with 43 on the year.
• TCU has tallied multiple runs in an inning 36 times this season.
• Mason Hesse and Zach Humphreys hit their first career home runs, increasing TCU’s season total to 24.
• Austen Wade was named Big 12 Player of the Week after leading the Frogs with a .455 avg. against OSU.
• Nolan Brown swiped three bases to increase his league-leading total to 13.
• Evan Skoug has driven in a run in eight straight games. He has 14 during the streak.
• Austin Boyles, Haylen Green and Trey Morris record their first career wins and Jake Eissler notched his first career save.
KANSAS STATE NOTABLES
• Kansas State is in the midst of a four-game losing streak after getting swept at Texas last weekend and dropping an 11-1 decision at Nebraska Tuesday.
• The Wildcats rank sixth in batting average (.274) and seventh in ERA (3.89) in the Big 12.
• Freshman Cameron Thompson is second in the Big 12 with his team-leading .374 batting average.
• As a team, K-State has hit 24 home runs, ranking second in the Big 12.
• Jake Scudder, Steve Serratore and Quintin Crandall lead the Wildcat attack with five home runs each.
• K-State ranks third in the Big 12 with 30 stolen bases, nine each from Thompson and Jake Wodtke.
• Kansas State has the fewest strikeouts this season in the Big 12.
• On the mound, Nick Jones has appeared in 17 games and leads the team with a 4-0 record.
• Jordan Floyd has six saves in 10 appearances.
• K-State has surrendered the second-most stolen bases (26) in the league.
• The Wildcats have committed 31 errors on the season for a .968 fielding percentage. • The miscues have led to 31 unearned runs.
• TCU and Kansas State will be meeting for just the 22nd time in series history.
• TCU holds a 14-7 lead in the series.
• The Frogs and the Wildcats met on the diamond in 2013 for the first time since 1987.
• TCU is 8-4 against Kansas State as conference foes.
• The teams have split the four conference series.
• TCU is 2-4 all-time against K-State in Manhattan.
• Kansas State has won both series against the Horned Frogs in Manhattan.
• TCU will play 23 road games during the 2017 regular season.
• The Horned Frogs have a 2-3 record on the road this season.
• TCU is 1-2 in weekend road games this year.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 189-117 in games played on the opposition’s home field.
• TCU is 45-24 on the road over the last three seasons.
Austen Wade led the Frogs with a .471 average in helping the Frogs sweep its five-game homestand. He raised his average 37 points to .304 in the five games. Additionally, he added two doubles to tie for the team lead with six. Over the last two seasons, Wade has started 76 games in the lead-off spot, including all 24 this year.
Wade boasts a .417 on-base percentage in the first inning. He has four multi-hit games this year and ranks third on the team with five multi-RBI contests.
Facing one of the stingiest defensive teams in the county, all TCU did was go 9-for-9 in stolen bases against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had allowed just eight stolen bases on 18 attempts entering the game. TCU has been successful in 15 of its last 16 straight stolen bases over the last nine games bringing its season total to 43. The Frogs have swiped multiple bags in a game 11 times this year.
The Frogs pace the Big 12 and rank 16th nationally with 43 total stolen bases. The 52 stolen base attempts are also tops in the Big 12. Nolan Brown leads the league with 13 stolen bases. Nine other Frogs have at least one stolen base.
TOUGH WITH TWO
The Frogs have made their opponents work for the third out in almost every inning of the season. TCU has scored 76 of its 175 runs with two outs in the inning. Thirteen Horned Frogs have tallied at least one two-out RBI this season. Josh Watson leads the way 10. All 13 Frogs with two-out RBIs have at least two.
As a team, the Frogs are hitting .288 with two outs. Cam Warner, Evan Skoug and Nolan Brown lead the way with 12 two out hits.
Evan Skoug enters Tuesday’s game carrying a eight-game RBI streak in addition to a seven-game hitting streak. He has 14 RBIs over that span (one against ACU in an uncompleted game). He’s hitting .385 (10-for-26) during the streak.
Cam Warner has hit safely in eight straight games. Over that span, he is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with seven RBIs.
Austen Wade has reached base in 13 straight contests. He has tallied a hit in 11 of the 13 games and drawn 14 walks. Wade has posted a .364 batting average and a .517 on-base percentage.
WALK THIS WAY
TCU is fourth in the Big 12 and 15th nationally with 137 walks this season. The Frogs have translated free passes into runs at a high rate this season. 55 of the 137 walks have come around to score.
Luken Baker is tied for the lead in the Big 12 and 14th nationally with 28 walks this season. He has worked multiple walks in a game seven times this year.
LOCKING IT DOWN
Over the weekend, Durbin Feltman added a pair of saves to his already impressive career total. He is 15-for-15 in save situations in his short career. That mark is already tied for the third-most in a career, matching Travis Barr’s total set from 1989-91.
In save situations, Feltman has a not allowed a run spanning 16 1/3 innings over the 15 appearances. He has surrendered eight hits, just two walks and struck out 22.
TCU is 56-0 since the start of the 2016 season when leading after eight. The Frogs have won 62 straight games when leading after eight, dating back to a 5-4 loss to NC State on May 30, 2015.
PILING UP THE Ks
The TCU pitching staff ranks third in the Big 12 with 241 strikeouts, an average of 9.95 per nine innings. Of those 241 strikeouts, 70 of them have been of the looking variety. Eleven times this season, TCU has tallied 10 or more strikeouts in a game. In the 15-inning game against Texas A&M, the Frogs fanned a school-record 26 batters.
Jared Janczak leads the Frogs and ranks third in the Big 12 with 43 strikeouts. He has fanned 10 or more in a game twice this season, including a career-high 14 against Kansas.
Seven of the 14 pitchers used on the mound this season for the Horned Frogs are freshman, while three others are just sophomores. The seven freshmen have contributed 44% (96 1/3) of the innings pitched this season. They own a 3.64 ERA with a 8-1 record. The group has a combined 106 strikeouts and 35 walks.
Nick Lodolo is the lone freshman to start, while the six others reside in the bullpen. The bullpen youngsters have a 3.06 ERA with 25 walks and 74 strikeouts. Over the five games, Austin Boyles, Haylen Green and Trey Morris registered their first career victories, while Jake Eissler notched his first career save.
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