Big 12 Tournament Starts Wednesday
May 23, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY - TCU's defense of the Big 12 Tournament title it won in 2016 commences Wednesday afternoon when the second-seeded Horned Frogs take on the seventh-seeded Kansas Jayhawks. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on FSSW+.
TCU and Texas Tech shared the Big 12 regular season title with identical 16-8 records.
TCU has bounced back from a 4-6 stretch with seven wins in its last 10 contests, including a series win at Cal over the weekend.
TCU worked 10 walks over the last four and now ranks seventh nationally with 289 on the season.
TCU added three home runs at Cal and is now tied for first in the Big 12 with 51 on the season.
TCU's 89 stolen bases rank 19th nationally, while Nolan Brown ranks 11th nationally with 25 stolen bases.
TCU has issued just three walks in the last four games and ranks 15th nationally with a 2.95 K:BB ratio.
Evan Skoug has seven home runs in his last 10 games play and now leads the Big 12 and ranks 19th nationally with 16 on the season.
Jared Janczak made his return to the mound after missing a month due to injury. He tossed three perfect innings on Thursday.
Durbin Feltman collected two saves over the weekend and now ranks fifth nationally with 14. His 23 career saves are the second-most in program history.
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
TCU won two conference titles in Conference USA, four in the Mountain West and two in the Big 12. TCU has won eight titles in the last 13 years, including last year's championship.
TCU is 34-13 in conference tournaments under Jim Schlossnagle and 40-27 all-time dating back to its first tournament appearance in 1991 as members of the SWC.
TCU is 9-5 in the Big 12 Tournament, including a 9-3 record in Oklahoma City.
TCU has had 49 players honored on the all-tournament squads over the last 12 years.
TCU is 29-10 in road tournament games since the 2004 season.
Three of TCU's 13 losses in the conference tournament have come at Lupton Stadium, one was in Houston in 2004, four in Las Vegas, three in Oklahoma City and two in Tulsa.
TCU has failed to win a conference tournament game just once (2015) under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
The Frogs have won tournament titles at Houston, at Southern Miss, at UNLV twice, at TCU, at San Diego State and in Oklahoma City.
INSIDE TCU'S BRACKET
TCU's side of the bracket features No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 6 Texas and No. 7 Kansas.
TCU played all two of the three schools at home this season, posting a 6-3 record in those contests.
TCU won two of the three series, dropping a road series at Oklahoma.
The other bracket features No. 1 Texas Tech, No. 4 West Virginia, No. 5 Baylor and No. 8 Oklahoma State.
TCU was a combined 7-5 against the teams that comprise the other bracket.
FINDING HIS GROOVE
Evan Skoug has found his power stroke in the last 10 games, hitting .325. Ten of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases, including seven home runs to raise his season total to 16. That's the most home runs by a Horned Frog since Bryan Holaday hit 17 in 2010. Additionally, he has added 17 RBIs to bring his season total to 53.
On March 17, Skoug's average sat at .175. Since then, he has raised his average .120 thanks to a .338 (48-for-142) average over the last 36 games. The junior has 14 home runs and 46 RBIs over that stretch.
TCU is tied for first in the Big 12 with 51 home runs this season. Ten Horned Frogs have contributed to the 51 long balls. Twenty three of the home runs have come with runners on base, including a quartet of grand slams, the most under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle. Evan Skoug leads the way with 16, followed by Luken Baker's eight.
In the three seasons prior to 2016, the Frogs had hit a combined 54 home runs spanning 189 games. In its last 120 games played, TCU has racked up 106 home runs.
FLEET OF FOOT
TCU holds a dominating lead in stolen bases in the Big 12. The 89 total stolen bases this season are 20 more than any other Big 12 member.
TCU ranks 18th nationally with its 89 stolen bases. There are just 22 programs nationally with over 85 stolen bases this season. On 24 occasions this season, TCU has stolen two or more bases in a game. The Horned Frogs are 23-1 in those contests.
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