Fitzgerald Stays Hot for Surging Frogs

Dylan Fitzgerald taps helmets with a teammate after belting his second homer of the season Friday night against Oklahoma.

Dylan Fitzgerald taps helmets with a teammate after belting his second homer of the season Friday night against Oklahoma.

May 9, 2014


By Jay Hinton

TCU Athletics Media Relations

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Explaining Dylan Fitzgerald's current six-game hitting streak might be as complicated as describing how electricity works or how airplanes fly.

All Fitzgerald cares about, however, is he's getting base knocks.

"I'm just confident as all get out right now," said the senior Frog right-fielder. "There's no explanation for it."

With two hits in the Frogs' 10-2 victory over Oklahoma Friday night, Fitzgerald is now hitting .339 (some 50 points higher when the streak started) and he's driven in at least one run in five straight games.

"In the past my first at-bat always dictates the rest of the game," he said. "If I get a hit my first at-bat you can count me in for a couple more hits."

Against the Sooners, Fitzgerald fanned his first time up, but homered (his second of the year), walked and singled for his fifth multi-hit game in his last six contests and 18th of the season.

"It's more of me being completely relaxed," he said. "Whatever the count I know what I can do. I'm staying back on the ball and I'm confident. The biggest thing for me is confidence and it has always been."

Coming out of fall, his confidence was a little fragile, however.

"I had a terrible fall," he said. "I was probably the worst hitter on the team during the fall so I knew I had to improve. I want to go out with a bang. This is my last season. I have been playing since I was 5 and I can't go out like this."

Instead of staying in his home state of California, he cut his Christmas break short and came back to Texas where he spent a lot of time in the batting cages.

"He's done a heckuva job in turning himself into a really good hitter," TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "Every time I came over here (during Christmas break) he had the pitching machine cranked up. He's got a short, compact swing and he handles right- and left-handed pitching."

Entering the series finale with Cal State Northridge on April 27, Fitzgerald was hitting .289. In a six-game span he's 15-of-22 (.681) with three doubles, a triple, a homer, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored. He's only stuck out once in the stretch.

"He's a perfect example of a good things happening to good people who work hard. He's earned the success he's had to this point," Schlossnagle said. "He's putting together consistent, good at-bats. He's hitting the ball to all parts of the field and when you do that you're going to get hits."

 

 


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