TCU Opens Homestand Friday; Hosts Baylor
April 20, 2017
FORT WORTH - No. 6TCU opens a four-game homestand Friday night when it hosts Baylor. The Horned Frogs enter the weekend with a one-game lead in the Big 12 standings. First pitch for the series opener against the Bears is set for 6:30 p.m.
• For just the second time this season, TCU dropped a weekend series.
• TCU maintains a one game lead atop the Big 12 standings heading into this weekends series.
• TCU remains ranked in the top 10, checking in as high as No. 3 and as low as No. 7.
• TCU enters the weekend riding an eight-game home winning streak.
• The Horned Frogs sit fourth in the Big 12 in batting average (.274) and third in ERA (3.43).
• TCU is one of just two schools in the Big 12 with over 200 walks (201). That mark ranks 11th nationally.
• With 67 stolen bases on the season, TCU ranks 12th nationally, while its average of 1.91 stolen bases per game ranks ninth.
• Nolan Brown is one of just nine players nationally with 20 stolen bases on the season.
• Luken Baker is riding a 16-game hitting streak, while Austen Wade boasts a career-long 23 game on-base streak.
• Evan Skoug took the team lead with eight home runs after hitting three in the West Virginia series.
• Baylor enters the weekend coming off a 2-1 series victory over Texas last weekend.
• The Bears opened the season 15-2, but are just 7-12 since having dropped four of the last five series.
• Baylor ranks fifth in both batting average (.274) and ERA (3.88).
• The Bears have the fewest stolen bases in the Big 12 (9) and the third fewest nationally.
• Baylor ranks 19th nationally with 31 sacrifice bunts.
• Baylor ranks second in the Big 12 with 35 double plays turned on the season.
• Aaron Dodson paces the Bears offensively with a .295 batting average.
• Kameron Esthay and Tucker Cascadden are the team leaders with 23 RBIs each.
• On the mound, Kyle Hill has made 20 appearances to lead the squad and has been apart of three of Baylor’s five shutouts on the season.
• Troy Montemayor has eight saves in 15 appearances.
• TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 322nd time on Friday night.
• Baylor holds a 163-154-4 lead in the series.
• TCU is 23-15 against Baylor since Jim Schlossnagle took over in 2004, including 11-4 in Fort Worth.
• TCU has won 16 of the last 21 meetings.
• Baylor took a 2-1 series victory in Waco in 2016, but TCU topped the Bears in its opening game of the Big 12 Tournament.
• Since becoming conference foes, TCU holds a 8-4 record in regular season games.
• The Frogs renewed their series with the Bears in 2000 and have played every year since.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 329-104 in games played at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 101-21 at home over the last three-plus seasons, including a school-record 33 wins in 2015.
• TCU was tops among private schools and ranked 11th nationally in average attendance in 2016.
• TCU boasted a program-best average of 4,283 fans in 2016.
• TCU ranks 10th nationally in average attendance this year with an average of 4,761.
HOME SWEET HOME
Lupton Stadium has been a safe haven for the Frogs this season. TCU has won 17 of 19 home games this year and is currently riding an eight-game winning streak. Since the start of the 2014 campaign, the Horned Frogs have won 83% (101-122) of their home games.
The Frogs are averaging over eight runs per game and hitting at a .289 clip. TCU has connected on 23 of its 33 home runs and boasts a .449 slugging percentage. Austen Wade leads all hitters with a .389 average. On the mound, the staff owns a 2.73 ERA and is holding opponents to just a .218 batting average.
FLEET OF FOOT
TCU holds a dominating lead in stolen bases in the Big 12. The 67 total stolen bases this season are 20 more than any other Big 12 member. TCU picked up seven stolen bases over the weekend at West Virginia.
TCU ranks 14th nationally with its 67 stolen bases. There are just 22 programs nationally with over 60 stolen bases this season. On 18 occasions this season, TCU has stolen two or more bases in a game. The Horned Frogs are undefeated in those contests.
In Saturday’s victory over West Virginia, Nolan Brown swipe three bases to bring his season total to 20. It was the second time this season and the third time in his career he’s stolen three bases in one game.
He is one of just nine athletes in Division I baseball with 20 or more stolen bases. Brown has stolen a base in 13 games this season. On five occasions, he’s swiped multiple bases in a game. He is 16-for-his-last-16 stolen bases.
TCU’s loss on Sunday brought to an end a 68-game winning streak when leading after eight innings dating back to a May 30, 2015 5-4 loss to NC State. It’s just the ninth time in the last 14 years the Horned Frogs have surrendered an eighth-inning lead. Since Jim Schlossnagle took over the program, TCU is 516-9 when leading after eight.
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