TCU Wraps Up Regular Season At Cal
May 17, 2017
FORT WORTH - No. 6 TCU will conclude its regular season schedule this weekend at Cal. The three game series is slated to begin Thursday night at 9:05 (CT). Friday and Saturday's tilts will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Thursday • May 18 • 9:05 p.m.
Jared Janczak vs. Joey Matulovich
Friday • May 19 • 9:05 p.m.
Brian Howard vs. Jared Horn
Saturday • May 20 • 3:05 p.m.
Mitchell Traver vs. Matt Ladrech
• This weekend TCU can clinch the outright Big 12 regular season title with a Kansas win at Texas Tech.
• TCU bounced back from two straight losses with a 6-1 win over UT Arlington on Tuesday night.
• TCU worked 19 walks over the last four and now ranks seventh nationally with 279 on the season.
• TCU added four home runs over the last four games and is tied for second in the league with 48.
• TCU has allowed the second-fewest stolen bases in the Big 12.
• TCU’s 82 stolen bases rank 21st nationally.
• Evan Skoug has homered in three straight games and now has 15 on the year, the most since Bryan Holaday had 17 in 2010.
• Josh Watson has five RBIs in his last three games, while Ryan Merrill has tallied eight in his last seven.
• Austen Wade returned to the lineup after missing the last four games. He stretched his reached base streak to 34 games after going 3-for-4 on Tuesday.
• Durbin Feltman’s 12th save of the season on Friday was his 21st career save, moving him into 2nd place all-time at TCU.
• Cal is 3-7 in its last 10 games played entering the weekend.
• The Bears dropped a 2-1 series decision to nationally-ranked Stanford last weekend, winning the finale 5-3.
• Cal is 4-2-1 in home weekend series this season with sweeps of Washington State, Arizona State and USC.
• Andrew Vaughn leads the Bears with a .345 average, 12 home runs and 47 RBIs.
• The Bears have swiped 50 bases this season, with Jeffrey Mitchell leading the way with 10.
• On the mound, the Bears own a 5.26 ERA as a staff and are allowing opponents to hit at a .277 clip.
• Erik Martinez and Andrew Buckley lead the Bears with 22 appearances each out of the bullpen.
• Martinez has six of the Bears’ seven saves on the year, while Joey Matulovich owns the Bears only complete game of the season.
• Defensively, the Bears are fielding at a .969 clip and have surrendered just 44 stolen bases on 65 attempts.
• TCU and Cal are meeting for the first time in program history.
• TCU has faced one other new opponent this season when it hosted Murray State.
• TCU is no stranger to California, having traveled to the West Coast in nine of Schlossnagle’s 14 seasons.
• The Horned Frogs are 31-23 in California since Jim Schlossnagle’s arrival.
• TCU played a three-game series at UC Irvine (March 10-12) and went 1-2 earlier this season, before dropping a Tuesday night (March 14) game at Long Beach State.
• TCU will play 23 road games during the 2017 regular season.
• TCU has an 11-9 record on the road this season.
• TCU has just one road series victory this season (a 3-0 sweep at Kansas State).
• Nine of TCUs final 13 regular season games are on the road.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 198-123 in games played on the opposition’s home field.
• TCU is 54-30 on the road since the start of the 2014 season.
FILLING THE TROPHY CASE
Friday’s win over Oklahoma guaranteed TCU will at least share the regular season championship. The regular season title is the ninth under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle. Combined with his eight conference tournament titles, Schlossnagle and company have added 17 tropies to the case.
The title is the fourth for the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 and its second regular season Big 12 title (2015). TCU also took home the conference tournament championship in 2014 and 2016.
Austen Wade returned to the lineup on Tuesday night with a bang, tallying three hits in four plate appearances. He had missed four games with an injury.
He has stretched his streak of reaching base to 34 straight during which time he is hitting .400 (52-for-130) with a .503 on-base percentage. Wade has not registered a hit in only four of the games and has drawn 28 walks.
On March 17, Evan Skoug saw his average drop to .175. In the 33 games that have followed, Skoug is hitting .354 (46-for-130) and raised his average 120 points to .295. He has reached base safely in 30 straight, boasting a .439 on-base percentage during the streak and a .364 batting average.
The power stroke has come out to play in the last seven games. Nine of his last 11 hits have gone for extra bases. Skoug has collected three doubles and six home runs while tallying 16 RBIs. The six home runs have pushed his season total to 15, the most for a Horned Frog since Bryan Holaday’s 17 in 2010.
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