April 2, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATION
TCU vs. Dallas Baptist
| Dates (Time)
|| Tuesday, April 2 (6:30 p.m.)
|| Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
| Starting Pitchers
Jerrick Suiter vs. Jay Calhoun
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|| KTCU 88.7 FM
| Game Notes
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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU's 12-game homestand continues Tuesday night when it plays host to Dallas Baptist. The contest marks the only meeting between the two Metroplex universities this season. Game time at Lupton Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.
• The Horned Frogs picked up a 2-1 series victory over UNLV this past weekend and are a half game out of first place in the conference with a 6-3 record.
• Sunday’s series finale saw the Frogs shutout for the second time this season, the first time since 2007 TCU has been shut out twice in a season.
• Jantzen Witte continues to dominate at the plate with five hits over the weekend.
• Witte is batting .500 in six games this season and has double-digit hits in four of the last five games.
• Stefan Crichton pitched six shutout innings on Friday night to improve to 4-0 on the season.
• Sunday saw the Horned Frogs commit four errors, the ninth time this season TCU has committed two or more errors in a game.
• Crichton and Nick Frey posted the first pick offs of the season.
DALLAS BAPTIST NOTABLES
• The Patriots took a 2-1 series victory over Missouri State this past weekend at Patriot Field.
• Austin Elkins had a solid weekend with seven hits and four RBIs in the series.
• Elkins paces the team this season with a .375 average and is one of three Patriots with 20 or more RBIs.
• Boomer Collins leads the team with five home runs. Dallas Baptist has hit 18 as a team this season.
• On the mound, the staff has posted a 3.76 ERA and three shutouts.
• Stuart Pudenz has been the spark out of the bullpen with a 1.10 ERA in nine appearances.
• Defensively, DBU is pretty solid with a .975 fielding percentage.
• The Patriots are speedy with 40 stolen bases on the season, including 11 from Collins.
• Tuesday’s game will mark the 60th all-time meeting between Dallas Baptist and TCU.
• TCU holds a 38-21 series lead.
• The Frogs have lost four straight to DBU dating back to 2009.
• Dallas Baptist won all three meetings in 2011, including two at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU’s last win against Dallas Baptist came in 2009 when the Frogs won 5-3 on May 11.
• TCU is 10-8 against DBU since 2004.
HOME SWEET HOME
TCU is in the midst of a 12-game homestand after a season-long nine game road trip. The Horned Frogs will play 20 of the next 23 games at Lupton Stadium where they boast a 8-4 record so far this season. The Frogs rank ninth nationally in attendance with an average of 4,439 fans per game.
Jerrick Suiter has benefitted the most from the home cooking with a .353 and is one of three Frogs with 12 hits at home. Jantzen Witte enjoyed his return to Lupton this weekend with five hits in seven at-bats.
On the mound, Stefan Crichton has tallied three wins, while Kaleb Merck has three of his four saves on the season. Cricnton and Preston Morrison are battling for the lowest ERA at home with a 1.40 and a 1.45, respectively.
BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
Offseason hip surgery sidelined Jantzen Witte for the first 19 games of the season. After an 0-for-3 day at the plate in his first game back, Witte seems to have found his swing. In the last five contests, he has tallied multiple hits in four and is batting .500 (9-for-18) with a double and three RBIs.
AS THE DEFENSE GOES...
On the season, the Horned Frogs have committed 39 errors for a .960 fielding percentage. 25 of those 39 errors have come in six games, while 34 have come in seven total games.
The Horned Frogs have played 11 errorless games this season and boast a 9-2 record in those contests. They are just 5-9 in games they commit an error, including 2-7 in games in which they commit two-or-more errors. TCU pitchers have given up 117 runs on the season, 24 of them of the unearned variety.
THE HOT TICKET
Opening night saw a crowd of 5,912 fans pack Lupton Stadium for the season-opener. It marked the second-largest crowd in stadium history. With 12 games and over 53,000 fans in attendance the Frogs rank ninth nationally and first among all private schools in attendance per game.
To put it in perspective, just 12 games into the season, the total attendance of 53,272 has already surpassed the total number of fans in each of the first five seasons Lupton Stadium was in existence. TCU is on pace to have almost 143,000 fans at the ballpark this season.