Matt Purke will start the series opener for TCU.
May 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The top two teams in the Mountain West Conference are set to square off in a key three-game series beginning Friday afternoon when the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs face off against New Mexico. TCU has won nine straight league games and holds a two-game lead over New Mexico in the race for the conference title. Game time for Friday's series opener is set for 1 p.m.
#4 TCU vs. NEW MEXICO
FRIDAY, MAY 7 -- 1 p.m.
Matt Purke (8-0, 4.10) vs. Rudy Jaramillo (3-1, 6.97)
SATURDAY, MAY 8-- 1 p.m.
Kyle Winkler (7-0, 3.69) vs. Willy Kesler (4-1, 3.63)
SUNDAY, MAY 9-- 7:30 p.m.
Steven Maxwell (7-0, 2.61) vs. Kevin Toves (4-1, 3.38)
ISOTOPES PARK | ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Internet: www.gofrogs.com | Radio: KTCU
TCU rose as high as No. 4 in the polls after tallying its fourth straight weekend series sweep at Utah.
TCU holds a two-game lead over New Mexico in the race for the conference title.
Bryan Holaday put together a monster week in which he hit .524 and was named National as well as Conference Player of the Week.
The Frogs trio of starters improved to a combined 22-0 on the season.
Jason Coats connected for his second career grand slam in the series finale at Utah.
TCU's team ERA of 3.79 ranks 17th in the nation.
The Frogs rank second in the nation with an average of 2.98 doubles per game.
The Horned Frogs are 16-6 away from home this season, including an 14-5 mark on an opponents field.
TCU holds a 98-64 (.605) road record under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
TCU is 10-2 in its last 12 games away from home.
They have swept the last three road series.
NEW MEXICO NOTABLES
New Mexico is coming off a 2-1 series win at San Diego State this past weekend.
The Lobos enjoy their home cooking as they have 19 wins in 25 games played at home this season.
New Mexico boasts one of the top offensive clubs in the nation, ranking fifth overall with a .356 batting average.
Justin Howard's .449 batting average is ninth nationally.
On the mound, the staff has posted an ERA of 5.37 and opponents are hitting .309 against them.
Defensively, the club has a .968 fielding percentage.
They have flashed the speed this season with 19 triples and 33 stolen bases.
TCU and New Mexico will be meeting for the 41st time on Friday afternoon.
The Frogs hold a 29-11 series lead.
TCU is 6-0 at Isotopes Park under Jim Schlossnagle.
TCU swept the series a year ago and have won five straight.