Postseason Play Starts Friday Night at Lupton
June 1, 2017
FORT WORTH - For the fourth straight year, the Road To Omaha begins at Lupton Stadium for four teams. TCU kicks off play in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional Friday night at 8 p.m. against Central Connecticut State. First pitch is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN3. Mitchell Traver will make his third career start in a Regional opener.
• TCU was tabbed the No. 6 National Seed and is hosting a Regional for the fourth straight season.
• TCU went 3-2 in the Big 12 tournament. Brian Howard and Elliot Barzilli were named to the all-tourney team.
• TCU worked 19 walks over the last five games and now ranks seventh nationally with 308 on the season.
• TCU’s 95 stolen bases rank 17th nationally, while Nolan Brown ranks 10th nationally with 26 stolen bases.
• TCU’s 540 strikeouts as a team ranks 10th nationally, while its 2.95 K:BB ratio ranks 15th.
• Jared Janczak has tossed eight scoreless innings since returning from injury. His 4.76 hits allowed per nine ranks second nationally.
• Brian Howard tossed his career first complete-game shutout in Friday’s win over Kansas.
• Durbin Feltman set a single-season record with his 15th save of the season on Thursday against OU.
• Zach Humphreys led TCU with five RBIs in the Big 12 tournament while Elliott Barzilli paced the squad with a .450 batting average.
• Connor Wanhanen has reached base in each of his last 25 games played.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
• TCU earned its fifth at-large bid under Schlossnagle, having done so in 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2015.
• TCU earned its third National Seed (2014, 2015) and its highest-ever in program history (No. 6). The Frogs were a No. 7 National Seed in 2014 and 2015.
• The Horned Frogs are hosting an NCAA Regional for the seventh time in program history.
• TCU hosted three straight Regionals from 2009-11 and have hosted each of the last four seasons.
• 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 nine teams to be in 13 of the last 14 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 28-18 all-time in the NCAA Regionals.
• In postseason play, TCU is 45-34 (.570) all-time.
• TCU has won six NCAA Regionals in program history.
• The Frogs were victorious in the 2009, ‘10, ‘14, ‘15 and ‘16 Fort Worth Regional as well as the 2012 College Station Regional.
• TCU and Central Connecticut State have never met on the diamond.
• TCU and Virginia’s lone meeting came in the 2014 NCAA College World Series with UVA winning 3-2 in 15 innings.
• TCU and Dallas Baptist have met on the diamond 70 ties with TCU holding a 45-25 series lead.
• This is the third time the Patriots have been in a TCU Regional (2011 and 2014). DBU won the 2011 Regional.
• TCU is 2-0 against the Patriots this season.
• Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 336-106 in games played at Lupton Stadium.
• TCU is 108-23 at home over the last three-plus seasons, including a school-record 33 wins in 2015.
• TCU boasted a program-best average of 4,283 fans in 2016.
• TCU ranks 10th nationally in average attendance this year with an average of 4,823.
With their selection to the field of 64, the Horned Frogs are in elite company. TCU is one of just nine programs nationally to appear in 13 of the last 14 regionals.
Also holding that distinction are Arkansas, Cal State Fullerton, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Rice, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
By virtue of hosting, the Frogs also find themselves in select company as one of only five schools to host a regional seven of the last nine years and each of the last four seasons, joining Florida, Florida State, Louisville and LSU.
MAKING HIS MARK
Zach Humphreys has made the most of an opening in the lineup. He has started each of the last six games and has made an impact both offensively and defensively. Over the last six games, the freshman is hitting .304 and is tied for the team lead with five RBIs. He has also drawn three walks for a .393 on-base percentage. Defensively, he has allowed just one stolen base in four attempts against.
FLEET OF FOOT
TCU holds a dominating lead in stolen bases in the Big 12. The 95 total stolen bases this season are 23 more than any other Big 12 member.
TCU ranks 17th nationally with its 95 stolen bases. There are just 18 programs nationally with over 90 stolen bases this season. TCU is chasing just its sixth 100 stolen base campaign in program history. On 27 occasions this season, TCU has stolen two or more bases in a game. The Horned Frogs are 26-1 in those contests.
TCU is averaging 6.8 runs per game this season, a mark that ranks second in the Big 12. TCU has pushed across a run in 178 of 506 offensive innings this season, including multiple runs in 91 of those innings. The Frogs have scored at least three runs in 54 games this season and have surpassed five or more runs 38 times.
Seven of the 15 pitchers used on the mound this season for the Horned Frogs are freshman, while four others are just sophomores. The seven freshmen have contributed 45.8% (238.2) of the innings pitched this season.
WALK THIS WAY
TCU ranks first in the Big 12 and seventh nationally with 308 walks this season. The Frogs have translated free passes into runs at a high rate this season. 106 of the 308 (34.4%) walks have come around to score. It’s just the sixth time in program history that TCU has worked over 300 walks in a single season.
START ME UP
The TCU pitching staff got a boost on Thursday at Cal with the return over Jared Janczak to the starting rotation. Since his return, he has tossed eight shutout innings.
His return has coincided with an overall improvement in the starting staff. Over the last two weeks, Haylen Green, Brian Howard, Janczak, Nick Lodolo and Mitchell Traver have put together a miniscule 2.08 ERA in 47 2/3 innings pitched. They have fanned 48 while issuing just six walks and holding opponents to a .207 batting average.
TOP OF THE ORDER
On March 12, 2016 Austen Wade made his debut in the top spot of the lineup. Over the last two seasons, Wade has started 105 games in the lead-off spot, helping TCU to a 76-29 record. Wade boasts a .324 batting average and a .454 on-base percentage in his role as the lead-off hitter. He has reached base in 96 of the 105 games in which he has been in the lead-off spot.
TOUGH WITH TWO
The Frogs have made their opponents work for the third out in almost every inning of the season. TCU has scored 168 of its 394 (43%) runs with two outs in the inning. Thirteen Horned Frogs have tallied at least one two-out RBI this season. Luken Baker leads the way with 20, followed by 18 from Jost Watson.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
The Horned Frogs have found themselves trailing at some point in 34 of the 58 games this season. TCU has come back to win 18 of those contests.
MOWING THEM DOWN
TCU leads the Big 12 with 540 strikeouts this season. Nationally, its average of 9.3 Ks per nine innings ranks 15th. The 540 Ks are the 10th most in the NCAA this season. The TCU pitching staff has registered double-digit strikeouts in 24 games this season.
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