Big Test At No. 6 Texas Tech Awaits No. 4 TCU
April 27, 2017
FORT WORTH - A marquee match-up in Lubbock Texas will pit No. 4 TCU against No. 6 Texas Tech this weekend. The Horned Frogs hold a two-game lead over the Red Raiders in the Big 12 standings. Friday's series opener is slated for a 7 p.m. start on FS1.
Friday • April 28 • 7 p.m. • FS1
Nick Lodolo vs. Erikson Lanning
Saturday • April 29 • 3 p.m. • ESPNU
Mitchell Traver vs. Steven Gingery
Sunday • April 30 • 2 p.m. • ESPN2
Brian Howard vs. Ryan Shetter
• TCU increased its lead in the Big 12 standings to two games with a series win over Baylor.
• In Tuesday’s loss to Stephen F. Austin, TCU used five freshmen pitchers, dropping TCU’s mid-week record to 8-2 on the year.
• The Horned Frogs rank fifth in the Big 12 in offense (.275) and second in ERA (3.82).
• Defensively the Frogs have climbed to fourth in the Big 12 with a .976 fielding percentage thanks to just three errors in its last seven games.
• TCU added a pair of stolen bases to bring its season total to 69, a mark that ranks 15th nationally.
• TCU ranks 28th nationally with its 7.3 runs per game average.
• TCU is tied for the Big 12 lead with 37 home runs this season. The Horned Frogs have homered in 22 games this year.
• Austin Wade stretched his reached base streak to 27, while Luken Baker’s moved to 21 and Skoug’s to 23.
• Evan Skoug matched his career-high with his ninth home run on Sunday.
• Nolan Brown continues to lead the league with his 21 stolen bases, a mark that ranks 10th nationally.
• Dalton Brown recorded his first career save Sunday.
TEXAS TECH NOTABLES
• Texas Tech is coming off a mid-week series split at New Mexico after dropping a home series to Oklahoma State last weekend.
• The Red Raiders are the lone team in the Big 12 with a batting average over .300 at .306.
• Texas Tech leads the Big 12 with 42 home runs, while Orlando Garcia’s 11 are the second-most in the Big 12.
• Hunter Hargrove’s 61 total hits on the year are the most in the league.
• On the mound, the Red Raiders were touched for 31 runs in the two-game series at New Mexico, raising their ERA to 3.98 on the year.
• Texas Tech has issued the most walks in the league (198).
• Steven Gingery is the Big 12 ERA leader with a 1.49 ERA in 66 2/3 innings pitched.
• The Red Raiders rank second defensively with a .980 fielding percentage.
• Texas Tech has surrendered the second-most stolen bases in the league (44) and the most attempts (60).
• TCU and Texas Tech are meeting for the 165th time Friday afternoon.
• TCU leads the all-time series 91-72-1, including a mark of 23-10 under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
• TCU and Texas Tech played four times in 2016, splitting the game.
• Texas Tech took 2-of-3 in Fort Worth in the regular season and TCU rallied for the win in the College World Series.
• Since joining the Big 12, Texas Tech has won three of the five series.
• TCU is 9-3 in Lubbock under Jim Schlossnagle’s guidance.
• TCU will play 23 road games during the 2017 regular season.
• The Horned Frogs have an 8-5 record on the road this season.
• Nine of TCUs final 14 regular season games are on the road.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 195-119 in games played on the opposition’s home field.
• TCU is 51-26 on the road over the last three seasons.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The road has been a mixed bag for the Horned Frogs this season with just eight wins in 13 true road contests.
TCU is averaging just 5.8 runs per game and is hitting just. 253 away from home this year. Nolan Brown is TCU’s leading hitter at .333 and 10 RBIs. On the mound, the staff has a 4.18 ERA. Mitchell Traver leads the team with two road victories.
ON BASE MACHINES
Three Horned Frogs enter the week carrying on-base streaks of 20 or more games. Austen Wade has reached safely in 27, followed by Evan Skoug’s 23 straight and Luken Baker’s 21.
Wade is hitting .390 (39-of-100) during the streak with a .500 on-base percentage. He has tallied a hit in 23 of the 27 games.
Skoug boasts a .333 (30-for-90) average with a .400 on-base percentage during the streak. He has tallied a hit in 20 of the contests.
Baker owns a .320 (24-for-75) average and a .435 on-base percentage. He has notched a hit in 19 of those contests and drawn 16 walks.
FLASHING THE LEATHER
Through the first 18 games of the season, the Horned Frogs had committed 18 errors for a .964 fielding pecentage.
Over the last 27 games, TCU has committed just 19 errors for a .981 fielding percentage. The improvement has seen TCU raise its season fielding percentage to .976. TCU has played errorless baseball in 14 games this season, four of which have come in the last seven games.
TCU is tied for third in the Big 12 with 37 home runs this season. Ten Horned Frogs have contributed to the 37 long balls.
Eighteen of the home runs have come with runners on base, including a trio of grand slams, the most since the 2010 campaign. Evan Skoug leads the team with nine followed closely by Luken Baker’s seven. TCU has scored 65 of its 282 (23%) runs this season via the home run ball. Only 10 of the 37 home runs have come away from home this season.
FLEET OF FOOT
TCU holds a dominating lead in stolen bases in the Big 12. The 69 total stolen bases this season are 15 more than any other Big 12 member. TCU ranks 15th nationally with its 69 stolen bases. There are just 24 programs nationally with over 65 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.
TCU is averaging 7.3 runs per game this season, a mark that ranks second in the Big 12 and 28th nationally. TCU has pushed across a run in 117 of 339 offensive innings this season, including multiple runs in 63 of those innings.
The Frogs have scored at least three runs in 35 games this season and have surpassed five or more runs 28 times.
Seven of the 15 pitchers used on the mound this season for the Horned Frogs are freshman, while four others are just sophomores.
The seven freshmen have contributed 46% (161.0) of the innings pitched this season. They own a 4.14 ERA with a 12-2 record. The group has a combined 166 strikeouts and 39 walks.
TOUGH WITH TWO
The Frogs have made their opponents work for the third out in almost every inning of the season. TCU has scored 124 of its 284 (43.6%) runs with two outs in the inning.
Twelve Horned Frogs have tallied at least one two-out RBI this season. Luken Baker leads the way with 16, followed by 15 from Cam Warner. Four other Horned Frogs have registered 10 or more two-out RBIs. All 12 Frogs with two-out RBIs have at least two.
WALK THIS WAY
TCU is tied for first in the Big 12 and ninth nationally with 221 walks this season. The Frogs have translated free passes into runs at a high rate this season. 83 of the 221 (38%) walks have come around to score.
Luken Baker ranks is tied for first in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally with 34 walks this season. He has worked multiple walks in a game seven times this year. Austen Wade (29), Evan Skoug (25) and Josh Watson (27) have also worked over 20 walks this year.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Horned Frogs have found themselves trailing at some point in 25 of the 39 games this season. TCU has come back to win 16 of those contests.
In three of the nine losses, TCU has battled back to tie a game late in which they were trailing by two or more runs, but ultimately dropped a one-run decision.
TCU has fallen behind early in games, giving up first inning runs in 15 contests. The Frogs are 9-4 when trailing after one and 11-5 when allowing a first inning run.
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