TCU Hits Road For Midweek Tilt At SFA

April 28, 2014

Ole Miss

#13 TCU (30-13) vs. Stephen F. Austin (17-26)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday: April 29 (6:30 p.m. CT)
 Location  Jaycees Field | Nacogdoches, Texas
 TV
 Tuesday: None
 Starting Pitchers
 Tuesday: Jordan Kipper vs. Halden Maynard
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
 Listen  Tuesday
 Gametracker  Tuesday
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Baseball Twitter


FORT WORTH - The TCU baseball team will look to push its winning streak to nine games Tuesday night at Stephen F. Austin. The Horned Frogs are making their first trek to Nacogdoches since 1992.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU stretched its winning streak to eight games with a three-game sweep of Cal State Northridge this past weekend.
• TCU improved to 15-1 in the month of April and climbed up to 13th in the RPI.
• The TCU pitching staff has pitched six shutouts in the last eight games, allowing just three runs (two earned) in 72 1/3 innings pitched.
• TCU set a new school record with 12 shutouts this season, breaking the old record of 11 in 1972.
Riley Ferrell collected his 10th save of the season, becoming the first Horned Frog since Sam Demel posted 13 in 2007 to reach double figures.
Boomer White ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a .349 batting average.
Preston Morrison paces the league with a 1.42 ERA.
• Morrison tossed his second complete-game shutout of the season on Saturday.
Cody Jones is tied for the league lead with 19 stolen bases.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN NOTABLES
• The Lumberjacks have just two wins in their last 13 games played.
• SFA is coming off a 2-1 series loss against Lamar this past weekend.
• Mackenzie Handel leads the Jacks offensively with a .340 average to go along with nine home runs and 40 RBIs.
• Handel along with Brett Thornell are the only Lumberjacks to have played in and started all 43 games this season.
• Defensively, the Lumberjacks have struggled with a .952 fielding percentage.
• On the mound, Chris Hassold and Tyler Wiedenfeld pace the team with 16 appearances. Wiedenfeld has five saves.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Tuesday's meeting will be the 14th of the series.
• The Horned Frogs hold a 9-4 series lead.
• TCU is 2-2 against the Lumberjacks under coach Schlossnagle.
• TCU is making its first trip to Nacogdoches since the 1992 season.
• TCU won that contest 16-15 on Feb. 19, 1992.
• Stephen F. Austin left Fort Worth last season with a 6-3 win on April 10.
• Stephen F. Austin has won two straight in the series.
• Prior to a 4-3 loss in 2011, the Frogs had won seven straight dating back to the 1990 season.
• The Lumberjacks' head coach Johnny Cardenas is a former Frog (1992-93).

MOUND STINGINESS
In the last eight games, the Horned Frogs have allowed just two earned run in 72 innings pitched. Included in that stretch is six shutouts.

Twenty-nine times this season, the Frogs have allowed two or fewer runs. TCU has recorded a school-record 12 shutouts, breaking the previous record of 11 set in 1972. Eleven times, the pitching staff has held an opponent to just one run.

The 12 shutouts rank third in the nation, two behind the national leader, Florida International.

INSIDE THE STREAK
TCU has put together an impressive eight game winning streak that has featured six shutouts. The Horned Frogs have outscored the opposition 35-3.

Of the Frogs' 61 hits, 16 have gone for extra bases. Garrett Crain is TCU's leading hitter at .417 and leading run producer with six RBIs. The Frogs have worked 28 walks and swiped eight stolen bases.

On the mound, the Frogs boast a miniscule 0.25 ERA and are holding opponents to a .193 batting average. TCU has surrendered just four extra base hits.

FLEET OF FOOT
This past weekend Cody Jones added two stolen bases to his season total, giving him 19 for the season. That mark is tied for first in the Big 12 and ranks 32nd nationally.

The 19 stolen bases are the most for a Horned Frog since Ramon Moses stole 23 in 2004.

Jones is on pace to lead the team in stolen base for the second consecutive season. The last Horned Frog to pace the squad in consecutive seasons was Clint Arnold in 2007-08

IT'S A SACRIFICE
Against Texas Tech, Keaton Jones dropped down two sacrifice bunts to give him 31 total sacrifice (two sac flies and 29 sacrifice bunts) in his career. The bunts propelled Jones up the career charts into fourth all-time behind Jantzen Witte (41), Bryan Kervin (40) and Terry Trofholz (33).

Additionally, Jones is staring at the top five in a defensive category. With 474 career assists, he is seven away from tying Brad Wallace's career total of 481 from 1992-96.

ON THE RISE
Since the calendar flipped to April, the Horned Frogs have been on a tear to the tune of a 15-1 record. Included in that total is an 8-1 record in conference play. The Frogs have climbed all the way up to second in the Big 12 standings.

The Horned Frogs are no strangers to heating up at the right time as they boast a 147-46 record in the month of April under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

On March 28, the Horned Frogs were 15-10 and found themselves with an RPI of 104. Since then, they are 15-3 overall and have climbed to 13th in the RPI.

 

 


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