June 6, 2014
#3 TCU (45-15) vs. #11 Pepperdine (42-16)
| Date (Time)
Saturday:June 7 (3 p.m. CT)|
Sunday:June 8 (5 p.m. CT)
Monday: June 9 (6 p.m. CT)
|| Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
| Starting Pitchers
Saturday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Corey Miller
Sunday: TBA vs. Aaron Brown
| Radio Listing
|| KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
|| Saturday | Sunday
|| Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
|| Saturday | Sunday
| Game Notes
|| Game Notes
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FORT WORTH -
History will be made Saturday afternoon when the TCU Horned Frogs open play in their first-ever home NCAA Super Regional. A berth in the College World Series is on line as the Frogs host Pepperdine. Game one is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. The entire Super Regional will air live on ESPNU.
TCU swept its way through the NCAA Fort Worth Regional with a win over Siena and two victories over Sam Houston State.
The Horned Frogs are one of only three national seeds to make it to the Super Regional round.
Boomer White was named tournament MOP after hitting .350 with four RBI.
TCU and Sam Houston State played a marathon 22-inning game on Saturday, the third-longest postseason game in NCAA history.
Keaton Jones set a school-record with 11 assists in the game, while Kevin Cron established a record of his own with 27 putouts.
Riley Ferrell picked up his single-season record 14th save on Saturday.
The pitching staff lowered its team ERA to a nation-leading 2.14 after allowing just three earned runs in 42 innings pitched.
Tyler Alexander pitched his second consecutive complete game to clinch the championship on Sunday.
Brandon Finnegan fanned 12 batters on Friday night. He ranks eighth nationally with 122 strikeouts.
Preston Morrison ranks 7th nationally in ERA (1.24).
The TCU bullpen has not allowed a run in 23 innings.
Pepperdine entered the regionals as a three-seed at Cal Poly.
The Wave swept through the Regional, defeating Cal Poly twice and Arizona State once.
Pepperdine is riding a six game winning streak.
Pepperdine has one of the top two-way players in collegiate baseball in Aaron Brown. He ranks 18th nationally with 12 home runs and fourth nationally with his 12 victories.
The Wave pitching staff ranks 10th nationally with a 2.52 ERA.
Aaron Barnett is the Wave's leading hitter with a .373 average.
SUPER REGIONAL NOTABLES
TCU is making its fourth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals and hosting for the first time in program history.
The Frogs are 3-5 all-time in NCAA Super Regionals.
The Frogs only other appearances in the Super Regional came in 2009 and 2010 in Austin at the University of Texas and 2012 at UCLA.
TCU is 1-2 in Super Regional series.
TCU and Pepperdine are meeting for just the second time on the baseball field.
The Frogs and the Wave played each other in the Dairy Queen Classic at the Metrodome in Minneapolis in 2008.
Pepperdine took a 10-4 victory over TCU on March 1, 2008.
TCU is 10-2 in NCAA postseason games at Lupton Stadium.
The Horned Frogs have won 17 of their last 18 home games.
TCU ranks 13th nationally in attendance with an average of 3,444 fans per game.
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 13 programs to appear in 11 of the last 12 regionals.
Additionally, TCU is one of just seven programs nationally to appear in four of the last six super regionals, joining Florida State, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Vanderbilt.
Entering the regional, Boomer White was mired in a 2-for-27 slump. He saw his average plummet from .360 all the way down to .326 over a seven game stretch.
He found his groove again, helping lead the team to the Fort Worth Regional Championship game. En route to earning MOP honors, White led the team with a .350 (7-for-20) average and four RBIs. Two of the four RBIs were game-winners in extra innings.
INSIDE THE MARATHON
TCU and Sam Houston State played a 22-inning, 6 hour and 54 minute contest that started Saturday, May 31 and ended Sunday, June 1 at 2:25 a.m.
Both pitching staffs faced 85 batters. The TCU bullpen allowed just six hits, walked six and struck out 10 in 14 2/3 innings. Brian Howard, who had thrown 9 1/3 innings all season, tossed four scoreless innings with a career-high six strikeouts.
Sam Houston State had a runner on in all but nine innings, while TCU had a runner on in all but eight innings.
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 30-of-33 games to push their record to 45-15 overall.
TCU has succeeded in all facets of the game, hitting .295 as a team, fielding at a .982 clip and posting a miniscule 1.54 ERA. The pitching staff has posted nine of its 14 shutouts over the last two-plus months.
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 34-11 this season with a 1.92 ERA in games started. In 356 1/3 innings pitched, they have tallied 313 strikeouts, while issuing just 61 walks.
The quartet has pitched at least five innings in 44 games and have produced 37 quality starts.
The Horned Frogs established a 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 32 games this season and have held an opponents to under two runs 41 times.
Since April 1, TCU has allowed more than two runs just seven times.
MATURE BEYOND HIS YEARS
Since his return to the rotation on April 19 against Texas, Tyler Alexander has been rock steady. In 51 innings pitched, he has allowed just six runs, struck out 30 and issued just three walks. He boasts a 1.06 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .189 batting average against.
Riley Ferrell capped a record-breaking night with a record of his own as he notched his 14th save of the season, breaking the record set by Sam Demel in 2007. He ranks 16th nationally with his 14 saves.
Combined with his three saves as a freshman, Ferrell has 17 total saves. That mark is second all-time in program history and is three shy of Demel's career record of 20.
TCU has played 41 extra inning games under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle. The Frogs hold a 27-14 mark in those games.
The Frogs set a school-record with a 22-inning victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday, May 31. The previous record had been 17 innings against Creighton on April 4, 1972.