Baseball Looks to Continue Momentum
April 24, 2014
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE NOTABLES
STINGY ON THE MOUND
Twenty-six times this season, the Frogs have allowed two or fewer runs. TCU has recorded 10 shutouts, the most under head coach Jim Schlossnagle. Eleven times, the pitching staff has held an opponent to just one run.
The 10 shutouts rank fifth in the nation and is second all-time at TCU. The record for shutouts in a season is 11 set in 1972.
RETURNING WITH A VENGEANCE
Since returning to the field on April 4 against West Virginia, Crain has been a key cog in the Horned Frog lineup. He is hitting .350 (14-for-40) with six runs scored, two doubles, a triple and six RBIs. He has hit safely in nine of 12 games and reached base safely in 10.
Defensively, he has been a steady force in the field. He has just one error on the season in 119 chances between first and second base.
TURNING THE PAGE
The Horned Frogs are no strangers to heating up at the right time as they boast a 144-46 record in the month of April under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
TCU is hitting .302 as a team and averaging 5.2 runs per game. On the mound, the staff has posted a 1.47 ERA and limited opponents to a .193 batting average. Defensively, the group is fielding at a .984 clip and has surrendered just one unearned run.
SLAMMING THE DOOR
In each of his last six appearances, he has tallied a save. He's allowed just four base runners total in those six appearances and has 14 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings pitched.
The nine saves are tied for the most since Andrew Cashner (2008) and Eric Marshall (2009) tallied nine. The last Horned Frog to record double-digits in saves was Sam Demel in 2007 when he saved a school-record 13 games.
START ME UP
On the season, TCU has used six starting pitchers and collectively they have a 2.36 ERA.
In 31 of 40 games, the starting pitcher has lasted at least five innings. 23 of the 40 starts have been of the quality variety, while eight have gone eight or more innings.
The junior has posted a 0.60 ERA, allowing just two runs in 30 innings pitched. Additionally, he has fanned 24 (seven in each of his last three starts) and walked just four.
For his career, Morrison has started 36 games. TCU is 23-13 in games he starts. He boasts 27 career quality starts (6 or more innings). He has gone at least seven innings 23 times and eight innings 15 times. As a starter, he has a career ERA of 1.92.
MOWING THEM DOWN
Nationally, TCU's 3.9 K:BB ratio ranks second, while their 8.9 K/9 is fourth. The Frogs 2.30 B/9 ranks eighth nationally.
In 19 games this season, the Frogs have issued one or fewer walks. Additionally, the Frogs have fanned 10 or more 18 times.
Brandon Finnegan leads the league and is tied for second nationally with 95 strikeouts. His 12.33 K/9 ranks second nationally.
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