TCU Opens Championships Wednesday


May 24, 2016

 No. 11 TCU (38-14; 15-9 Big 12) @ Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships

 Date | Time | TV  Wednesday, May 25; 4 p.m.
 Location  Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 TV  FCS (Wednesday-Saturday); FS1 (Sunday)
 Live Audio  Wednesday
 Live Video  Tournament
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola
 Tournament Central  Tournament All-Access
 Game Notes  TCU Game Notes


OKLAHOMA CITY – The TCU baseball team opens play in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships Wednesday afternoon against Baylor. Game time is set for 4 p.m. and will be televised on FCS. 

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU notched its fifth sweep of the season this past weekend against Kansas State.
• The Horned Frogs closed out the regular season with a five game winning streak, three of which were by one run.
• TCU sits at No. 17 in the latest RPI rankings.
Dane Steinhagen has 15 RBIs in his last 16 games and has surged to third in the Big 12 with 46 this year.
• TCU added five stolen bases this past weekend and leads the Big 12 with 80 on the year.
• TCU paces the Big 12 in batting average at .301 and ERA at 3.19.
• The TCU pitching staff has issued the fewest walks in the league (153), while the offense has drawn the second-most walks (258).
Jared Janczak ranks third in the league with a 2.28 ERA. TCU is 2-0 in games he starts this season.
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 24 straight.
Durbin Feltman recorded two saves in the K-State series and ranks fourth in the league with six.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
• TCU won two conference titles in Conference USA, four in the Mountain West and one in the Big 12.
• TCU has won seven titles in the last 12 years.
• TCU is 30-12 in conference tournaments under Jim Schlossnagle and 36-26 all-time dating back to its first tournament appearance in 1991 as members of the SWC.
• TCU is 5-4 in the Big 12 Tournament, including a 5-2 record in Oklahoma City.
• TCU has had 43 players honored on the all-tournament squads over the last 12 years.
• TCU is 25-9 in road tournament games since the 2004 season.
• Three of TCU’s 12 losses in the conference tournament have come at Lupton Stadium, one was in Houston in 2004, four in Las Vegas, two in Oklahoma City and two in Tulsa.
• For the first time under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle, TCU failed to win a tournament game in 2015.
• 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. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Baylor and No. 7 Texas.
• TCU played all three schools on the road this season, posting a 3-6 record in those contests.
• TCU lost all three series against its division foes.
• The other bracket features No. 1 Texas Tech, No. 4 West Virginia, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 8 Kansas State.
• TCU was a combined 10-2 against the teams that comprise the other bracket.

INSIDE THE STREAK
TCU put together a five game winning streak to close out the season. Three of the five wins were one-run victories.

The Frogs utilized strong pitching and defense during the streak. The pitching staff posted a 2.00 ERA and limited opponents to a .188 batting average. Defensively, the group committed just two errors for a .990 fielding percentage.

At the plate, TCU produced 24 runs. Of its 33 hits, 12 went for extra bases. Dane Steinhagen is on a tear with a .438 average and six RBIs.

COMING INTO HIS OWN
In game three against Baylor, Jared Janczak made his first career start. He’s made two starts during the Horned Frogs’ five-game winning streak. He has allowed just three runs on five hits in 10 2/3 innings pitched while striking out eight.

Prior to his move to the starting rotation, Janczak was used as a long reliever. In eight of his 19 appearances out of the bullpen, he went three or more innings. He tossed two or more 11 times. As a reliever, he didn’t allow an earned run in 13 of the 19 appearances.

FRESHMEN SENSATIONS
TCU has relied heavily on the contributions from five freshmen this season.

At the plate, Josh Watson and Luken Baker have been key factors with a combined 14 home runs and 82 RBIs. Watson is the first TCU freshmen to reach double-digit home run totals since Andrew Walker in 2006. Baker has also contributed a 3-1 record in 10 starts on the mound.

On the mound, Jared Janczak, Dalton Horton and Durbin Feltman have risen to the occasion with a combined 16-3 record to go along with six saves. Horton is bidding to be the first freshman since Tyler Alexander in 2014 to lead the team in victories, while Feltman is the first Frog since Stefan Crichton in 2011 to lead the team in saves.

ON-BASE MACHINE
Luken Baker has reached base safely in 24 straight games. On the season, he’s been on base in 49 of 52 games.

The freshman ranks second on the team with 37 walks and 64 hits while boasting a team-best .459 on-base percentage.

During his current streak, Baker has hit safely in 18 of the 24 games. He’s drawn 17 walks along the way while reaching base at a .472 clip.

TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD
Dane Steinhagen has bullied his way into the team-lead with 46 RBIs on the season, all while hitting primarily in the eight-hole. He has been a steady run producer all season long, collecting an RBI in 30 of 52 games. He is tied for the team lead with 13 multiple RBI games this season.

Over his last 16 games played, Steinhagen has driven in 15 runs to take the team lead. He is bidding to be the first Horned Frog since Jason Coats had 56 in 2011 to have a 50-RBI campaign.

 

 

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