NCAA Fort Worth Regional Starts Friday

May 29, 2014

Ole Miss

#9 TCU (42-15) vs. Siena (26-31)

 Date (Time)  Friday: May 30 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 Friday: ESPN3
 Starting Pitchers
 Friday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Matt Gage
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
 Tournament Info  Tournament Central
 Gametracker  Wednesday
 Listen Live  Friday
 Watch Live  Friday
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Baseball Twitter


FORT WORTH - The Road to Omaha begins for 64 teams Friday with the opening game of the NCAA Regionals. TCU, the No. 7 national seed, will meet Siena in its opening game of the postseason Friday night at 7 p.m. All games will be televised on ESPN3.

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs won their first-ever Big 12 Championship with a 4-0 run in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships last weekend.
Jerrick Suiter was named the MOP after hitting .455 with a team-leading six RBIs.
Garrett Crain, Cody Jones, Tyler Alexander, Preston Morrison and Jordan Kipper were named all-tournament for their efforts.
• TCU has won six straight and 27 of 30 since April 1.
• TCU's team ERA of 2.26 ranks fifth nationally, while Preston Morrison's ERA of 1.25 ranks seventh.
• With two saves on the weekend, Riley Ferrell tied the school single-season record for saves with 13.
Cody Jones collected two stolen bases to give him 25 on the season, the highest total under Jim Schlossnagle.
• TCU's team batting average of .287 ranks 53rd nationally, while its .977 fielding percentage ranks 17th.

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
• TCU earned its seventh automatic bid under Schlossnagle, having done so in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
• TCU tallied its first-ever National Seed. The Horned Frogs were tabbed the No. 7 national seed.
• The Horned Frogs are hosting an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in program history. TCU hosted three straight Regionals in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
• The Frogs have been a two-seed three times (2005, 2007, 2012), a three-seed twice (2004, 2008) and a four seed once (2006).
• The Frogs are one of only 13 teams to be in 10 of the last 11 NCAA Regionals.
• The Frogs have played in a Regional in Austin,Texas (2004), Waco, Texas (2005), Norman, Okla. (2006), Houston (Rice), Texas (2007), Stillwater, Okla. (2008) and College Station, Texas (2012).
• The Frogs are 18-17 all-time in the NCAA Regionals.
• In postseason play, TCU is 24-24 (.500) all-time.
• TCU has won three NCAA Regionals in program history. The Frogs were victorious in the 2009 and 2010 Fort Worth Regional and the 2012 College Station Regional.

SERIES HISTORY
• TCU has played both Dallas Baptist and Sam Houston State this season.
• TCU won both meetings against the Patriots this season. The Frogs won 5-4 in 15 innings on March 4 in Fort Worth and 7-1 in Dallas on April 8.
• The Horned Frogs dropped a 9-4 decision to the Bearkats at the Houston College Classic.
• TCU is 41-23 all-time against Dallas Baptist and 0-1 in postseason play against the Patriots. DBU defeated the Frogs 3-2 in the 2011 NCAA Fort Worth Regional.
• TCU is 38-30 all-time against Sam Houston State.
• TCU and Siena have never met on the diamond.

HOME NOTABLES
• TCU is 22-7 at home this season.
• TCU has won 13 of its last 14 home games.
• The Horned Frogs rank 14th nationally and first among private schools in attendance with an average of 3,373 fans.
• TCU is 7-2 (.777) all-time in Regionals played in Fort Worth.

ELITE COMPANY
Despite missing the postseason for the first time in 10 years in 2012, the Horned Frogs are still in elite company. TCU is one of just 13 programs nationally to appear in 10 of the last 11 regionals.

Also holding that distinction is North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Rice, Miami (Fla.), Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

A TALE OF TWO SEASONS
TCU finished the month of March with an average 15-12 record and was last in the Big 12 with a 2-4 conference mark. Since that time, the Horned Frogs have reeled off a blistering stretch of baseball that has seen them win 27-of-30 games to push their record to 42-15 overall.

TCU has succeeded in all facets of the game, hitting .306 as a team, fielding at a .980 clip and posting a miniscule 1.68 ERA. The pitching staff has posted nine of its 14 shutouts on the season during the streak.

START ME UP
TCU has the luxury of four quality starting pitchers. The quartet of Tyler Alexander, Brandon Finnegan, Jordan Kipper and Preston Morrison are a combined 33-11 this season with a 1.97 ERA in games started. In 332 2/3 innings pitched, they have tallied 293 strikeouts, while issuing just 56 walks.

The group has pitched at least five innings in 41 games and have produced 34 quality starts.

FLEET OF FOOT
Cody Jones has reached new territory in the Jim Schlossnagle era. He swiped a pair of stolen bases at the Big 12 Tournament to give him 25 on the season. That's the most since Schlossnagle took over in 2004 and the most since Jeff Yarbrough stole 25 in 1998. In his career, Jones has 38 stolen bases in 47 attempts.

STINGY
The TCU pitching staff has been incredibly stingy this season. The Horned Frogs established a new Big 12 record with 14 shutouts. That mark ranks second nationally behind LSU's season total of 17.

The Frogs have allowed one run or fewer in 30 games this season and have held an opponents to under two runs 38 times.

Since April 1, TCU has allowed more than two runs just seven times.

THE MAGIC NUMBER
TCU is a perfect 20-0 when scoring six or more runs this season. Conversely, the Horned Frogs are just 2-8 in games in which they allow six or more runs.

MATURE BEYOND HIS YEARS
After allowing five runs (two earned) in two innings of work at Oklahoma State on March 30, Tyler Alexander found himself serving a stint in the bullpen. He made four appearances totaling six innings before returning the starting rotation on April 19 at Texas.

Since his return to the rotation, Alexander has been rock steady. In 42 innings pitched, he has allowed just five runs, struck out 25 and issued just two walks. He boasts a 1.07 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .186 batting average against.

FINDING HIS STROKE
Jerrick Suiter has started the last 16 games as the DH. Since becoming a regular in the lineup, Suiter is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with four doubles and 10 RBIs. He boasts a .462 on-base percentage thanks in part to drawing nine walks. He has picked up at least one hit in 14 of the 16 games and reached base safely in 15.

In the Big 12 Tournament, Suiter earned Most Outstanding Player accolades after leading the team with a .455 average. He drove in at least one run in all four games.

ON THE VERGE
Riley Ferrell tied the school record when he picked up his 13th save in TCU's 4-1 victory over Baylor on May 24. The record was previously held by Sam Demel and was set in 2007. He ranks 17th nationally with his 13 saves.

Combined with his three saves as a freshman, Ferrell has 16 total saves. That mark is second all-time in program history and is four shy of Demel's career record of 20.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Horned Frogs have enjoyed the friendly confines of Lupton Stadium this season to the tune of a 22-7 record. The Frogs have won 14 of their last 15 home games.

 

 


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