April 7, 2011
NEW MEXICO GAME NOTES
New Mexico Lobos
9-20 (4-2 Mountain West)
TCU Horned Frogs
20-9 (5-1 Mountain West)
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 6:30 PM
TV: The Mtn.
TCU - RHP Kyle Winkler
5-1, 1.05 ERA, 51.1 IP, 7 BB, 61 K
New Mexico - RHP Jake McCasland
1-3, 5.36 ERA, 40.1 IP, 16 BB, 22 K
SATURDAY, APRIL 9 4 PM
TV: The Mtn.
TCU - LHP Matt Purke
3-1, 1.16 ERA, 31.0 IP, 10 BB, 35 K
New Mexico - RHP Alexis Garza
0-1, 3.27 ERA, 22.0 IP, 6 BB, 12 K
SUNDAY, APRIL 10 1 PM
TV: The Mtn.
TCU - RHP Steven Maxwell
4-0, 3.21 ERA, 42.0 IP, 14 BB, 35 K
New Mexico - LHP Rudy Jaramillo
2-3, 4.50 ERA, 42.0 IP, 8 BB, 22 K
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU baseball team will wrap up their season-long 13 game homestand this weekend when they host conference foe New Mexico for a three-game series. Friday's series-opener is set for 6:30 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. TCU has won five straight league games and are currently in first place in the Mountain West.
TCU has matched its season-long five game winning streak after sweeping Air Force and UT Pan American.
Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle tallied his 400th career win on Sunday afternoon.
Brance Rivera saw his 27 game hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday night.
Nick Frey became the fifth freshman pitcher this season to make his debut on the mound Wednesday.
Jason Coats is working on an eight game hitting streak.
Kyle Winkler earned his 24th career victory Friday night and moved into fourth all-time in school history.
Andrew Mitchell lowered his ERA to 0.53, a mark that is tops in the league as well.
The Frogs are 8-2 on the current homestand.
TCU has improved to 14-7 at home this season with five straight home wins.
TCU is 180-55 at Lupton under Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle.
The Frogs rank ninth nationally in attendance with an average of 4,234 fans per game.
NEW MEXICO NOTABLES
The Lobos have lost five straight heading into this weekend and have won just one game away from Albuquerque.
Prior to the losing streak, the Lobos had strung together six victories, including a sweep of UNLV.
Usually an offensive-minded club, the Lobos are hitting just .269 as a team with eight home runs.
Mitch Garver is the leading hitter at .364, while DJ Peterson has three home runs.
The pitching staff has posted a league-high 6.05 ERA and are allowing opponents to hit .304 against them.
Friday's meeting with the Lobos will be the 45th in the series.
TCU holds a 32-12 advantage in the series.
Since joining the MWC in 2006, the Frogs are 18-5 against the Lobos.
The Frogs 11-4 all-time against New Mexico at Lupton Stadium.
TCU went 3-1 against New Mexico in 2010.
New Mexico won a series at Lupton in 2008 (March 20-22).
A LOOK BACK AT THE STREAK
Brance Rivera saw his career-long 27 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 day at the plate Tuesday against UT Pan American.
Chad Huffman previously held the longest streak under Jim Schlossnagle with a 22-game streak in 2006.
The streak saw Rivera hit in every game of the season to that point and produced a .412 batting average.
He had a team-high 14 multiple-hit contests. Breaking it down, he had nine two-hit contests, four three-hit contests and one four-hit game.
13 times, Rivera extended his streak in his first at-bat of the game. Only three times did he need his final at-bat to keep the streak alive.
TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
TCU has been a dominating force in the Mountain West since joining the league in the 2005-06 academic year. They have won five straight regular season titles and four conference tournament titles, representing nine of the 10 trophies dished out since the Frogs joined the league.
The Frogs 95 league victories are 22 more than San Diego State's 73 wins over the last five plus seasons in the league.
Kyle Winkler set a personal best with 15 strikeouts against Air Force on Friday night. That is the highest strikeout total by one pitcher since Coach Schlossnagle's arrival on campus.
His previous high had been 12, a feat that he accomplished last season against UNLV in the conference tournament.
On the season, Winkler has fanned 61 in 51 innings pitched over seven starts. He has a 8.7 K:BB ratio, having issued only seven walks on the season. His 61 strikeouts rank tied for seventh nationally.
The TCU offense has found life over the last 12 games. In eight of the 12 contests, the Frogs have produced 11 or more hits.
Additionally, hits of the extra base variety have really taken off to as they have 50 during that 12 game span.
TCU has a .468 slugging percentage, a mark that ranks eighth nationally and leads the Mountain West. Brance Rivera's .680 slugging percentage is second in the league.
On the season, TCU has 66 doubles, 12 triples and 24 home runs.