TCU Wraps Up Road Swing At UT Arlington Tuesday

March 31, 2014

Ole Miss

TCU (15-12) @ UT Arlington (12-16)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday: April 1 (6:30 p.m. CT)
 Location  Clay Gould Ballpark | Arlington, Texas
 TV
 Tuesday: None
 Starting Pitchers
 Tuesday: Jordan Kipper vs. TBA
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
 Listen  Tuesday
 Gametracker  Tuesday
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Baseball Twitter


FORT WORTH - The TCU baseball team will wrap up a four-game road trip Tuesday night at crosstown rival, UT Arlington. Game time at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU dropped its second Big 12 series of the season and finished the month of March with a 9-9 record.
Brandon Finnegan picked up his team-leading fifth win of the season on Friday night. His 73 strikeouts lead his nearest competitor (WVU's Harrison Musgrave) by 27.
Jerrick Suiter returned to the lineup, making two starts at first base. It's the seventh different position he has started at in his career.
Dylan Fitzgerald has reached base safely in 23 straight games.
• TCU stole five bases over the weekend, giving it 41 on the season, surpassing the total of 38 stolen in 2013.
Cody Jones continues to lead the Big 12 with stolen bases.
• The pitching staff ranks second in the Big 12 with a 2.91 ERA, while they lead the league with 252 strikeouts.
• The Horned Frogs have tallied 10 or more strikeouts in a game 13 times this season.

UT ARLINGTON NOTABLES<
• The Mavericks are coming off a road sweep of South Alabama and are winners of four straight games.
• UT Arlington limited South Alabama to just six runs over the weekend.
• The Mavericks have won three straight midweek games, including last week's 14-3 win over Baylor.
• UT Arlington boasts a .293 batting average and has hit 17 home runs.
• Matt Shortall paces the squad with a .364 batting average, while Greg McCall has five of the squads five home runs.
• On the mound, the Mavericks have a 3.93 ERA.
• Zach Hobbs is the go-to guy in the bullpen with 13 appearances.
• Defensively, the Mavericks have committed 35 errors for a .969 fielding percentage.

SERIES NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs and the Mavericks will be meeting for the 147th time on Tuesday.
• TCU holds an 90-56 edge in the all-time series.
• Tuesday is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season.
• UTA won the first game of the season, 10-2 at Lupton Stadium.
• Prior to the Mavericks win on Feb. 25, the Horned Frogs had won four straight in the series.
• Since 2004, the Frogs are 19-5 against UTA.
• The Frogs are 7-4 in Arlington under Schlossnagle.
• TCU and UT Arlington have played every season since 1969.

JACK OF ALL TRADES
On Saturday, Jerrick Suiter returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering an injury on March 4 against Dallas Baptist. The junior returned at an unfamiliar position as he started a pair of games at first base.

For Suiter, it's the seventh different position that he has started at in his three-year TCU career. Of his 85 career starts, Suiter has made 36 starts as the designated hitter, 22 in right field, 18 in left field, five as the catcher, two in center field, two at first base and two on the mound.

Derek Odell is the only other Horned Frog to have started at more than three positions. He has earned starts at all four infield positions and as the designated hitter.

DUCKS ON THE POND
Getting base runners has not been an issue for the Horned Frogs this season as they have a respectable .365 on-base percentage. Driving in the runs has proved to be the difficult task as the Frogs have left 241 runners on through 28 games this season. That's an average of 8.6 per game. Of those 241 runners, 141 (58%) have been in scoring position.

Nine times this season, the Frogs have left 10 or more runners on. As a team, the Frogs are hitting just .237 with runners in scoring position.

SIX IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The number six is a significant number for the Horned Frogs this season and is the difference between wins and loss. TCU is a perfect 7-0 this season when it scores six or more runs, meanwhile it is 0-6 when allowing six or more runs.

SPEED DEMONS
With Connor Castellano's stolen base on Saturday, the Horned Frogs surpassed 2013's stolen base total of 38. The Frogs enter the week with 41 stolen bases, an average of 1.5 per game. The Frogs rank fourth in the Big 12 with 41 stolen bases, while Cody Jones leads the league with 14.

 

 

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