April 15, 2013
TCU Horned Frogs (16-20) @ UT Arlington (20-15)
| Date (Time)
Wednesday: April 16 (6:30 p.m. CT)|
|| Clay Gould Ballpark | Arlington, Texas
| Starting Pitchers
Wednesday: Stefan Crichton vs. John Beck
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FORT WORTH -
The TCU baseball team will look to carry the momentum from Sunday's dramatic victory into their first road game in April Tuesday night. TCU will take on UT Arlington at 6:30.
TCU won its second Big 12 series of the season with a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over No. 22 Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Brett Johnson provided the game-winning three-run double in the ninth inning on Sunday.
The win gave TCU a 5-4 record to end the nine-game homestand.
On Friday night, TCU posted its fourth shutout of the season.
Run scoring is still an issue as the Frogs have scored four or fewer runs in each of the last seven games.
Kevin Cron has reached base safely in nine straight games.
TCU moved up to third in the league, lowering its ERA to 2.83 over the weekend.
Five of the six runs scored by the Cowboys were unearned.
Preston Morrison has the lowest ERA (1.05) of all starters in the Big 12.
UT ARLINGTON NOTABLES
The Mavericks have won four straight after a weekend sweep of San Jose State.
UT Arlington is tied for the WAC lead with Cal State Bakersfield. Both teams boast a 9-3 record.
UTA is 2-4 in midweek games this season.
Matt Shortall leads the team with a .368 batting average, three home runs and 38 RBIs.
Brandon Lawrence has reached base safely in 19 straight games.
Right fielder Justin Copeland and shortstop Ryan Walker are the only two Mavericks to play in and start all 35 games.
As a team, UTA is averaging 5.4 runs per game and are hitting at a .289 clip.
The Maverick pitching staff is holding opponents to a .266 batting average against.
Chad Nack is the go-to guy in the bullpen with 17 starts. He leads the team with three saves.
Defensively, the Mavericks have committed 38 errors and boast a .972 fielding percentage.
The Horned Frogs and the Mavericks will be meeting for the 144th time on Tuesday.
Tuesday is the second of three meetings between the two teams this season.
The Frogs took a 5-4 victory over UT Arlington earlier this season in a game played at The Ballpark in Arlington.
UTA and TCU split both meetings a year ago, with each team winning on its home field.
TCU holds an 88-55 edge in the all-time series.
Since 2004, the Frogs are 17-4 against UTA.
Tuesday night's contest at UT Arlington marks the Frogs first road game in the month of April.
Tuesday night marks just the second midweek contest away from home for the Frogs.
TCU has played just 13 road games this season. The Frogs are 5-8 overall.
TCU owns a record of 139-92 on the road under the direction of Schlossnagle.
The Frogs are 20-22 all-time in midweek road games under Schlossnagle.
INSIDE THE HOMESTAND
TCU has played all nine games of the month of April at home. The streak ends Tuesday night when it hits the road, but the Frogs closed out the homestand in dramatic fashion.
Brett Johnson's bases loaded double with one out in the ninth insured a 5-4 finish to the homestand.
During the nine game stretch, the Frogs relied heavily on their pitching staff and the group responded with a 1.89 ERA over 81 innings pitched. Opponents averaged just 2.8 runs per game.
Offensively, the Frogs did just enough. Cody Jones paced the team with a .313 average, while Paul Hendrix drove in 11 runs.
Defensively, TCU fielded at a .970 clip, but the 11 errors cost the Frogs eight runs.
PLAYING WITH FIRE
The TCU pitching staff put together another solid effort in the series win over Oklahoma State. They group allowed six runs, but only one was earned as they posted a 0.33 ERA.
The success did not come without its share of drama as the Cowboys had a number of base runners in the games won by the Horned Frogs. In those two games, Oklahoma State stranded 26 base runners.
The Cowboys left multiple base runners on in eight of the 27 innings played this weekend. In 13 innings, Oklahoma State had at least two runners on base.
The TCU pitching staff held the Cowboys to a .143 (5-for-35) average with runners in scoring position this weekend. They were 0-for-3 with the bases loaded.
PICKING THEIR SPOTS
In the month of April, the TCU Horned Frogs are a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen bases. The seven swipes are split up amongst six players. Only Dylan Fitzgerald has multiple stolen bases with two.
The Frogs have stolen just 17 bases on the season, but have been solid in picking their spots in the last 10 games. The Frogs are 8-for-their-last-8 dating back to March 29. Additionally, the Frogs have been caught stealing just once in the last 12 stolen base attempts.
Fitzgerald (5-for-5) and Cody Jones (5-for-8) lead the team in stolen bases on the season. Seven other Horned Frogs have one stolen base. Paul Hendrix has had the least luck as he has one stolen base in four attempts this year.