June 13, 2015
College World Series Notes | CWS Opening Press Conference Quotes
FORT WORTH -
The TCU baseball team is set to make their second-straight appearance in the College World Series beginning Sunday against the No. 2 National Seed, LSU. Game time is set for 2 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.
RHP Preston Morrison vs. LHP Jared Poche'
For the second straight season, the Horned Frogs needed a game three to advance to the College World Series.
TCU defeated Texas A&M 5-4 in 16 innings, making it the second-longest NCAA Super Game in NCAA history.
TCU is one of just three schools (Virginia and Vanderbilt) to make a repeat appearance in the CWS.
TCU had seven players drafted in the first 15 rounds of the 2015 MLB Draft.
TCU's pitching staff boasts a 2.38 ERA, a mark that ranks second in the nation.
TCU's .289 batting average ranks 63rd nationally, while its .978 fielding percentage is ninth.
The Horned Frogs are 23-5 in their last 28 games dating back to April 14.
Cody Jones has reached base safely in 34 straight games heading into the weekend. His .371 batting average ranks 33rd nationally.
Preston Morrison's 36 career wins are the most among active pitchers as are his 462 1/3 career innings pitched.
Keaton Jones has started 224 consecutive games. His 247 career games played are a school record and the in the NCAA among active players.
LSU is riding a five-game winning streak, having swept through the Baton Rouge Regional and Super Regional.
Pitcher Alex Lange was tabbed the National Freshman of the Year. He's 11-0 on the year with a 1.89 ERA.
The Tigers lead the nation with 53 wins and are the highest-seeded team (No. 2) in Omaha.
Junior shortstop Alex Bregman played on the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team along with Riley Ferrell and Preston Morrison. That team was coached by Jim Schlossnagle.
LSU ranks fourth nationally in batting average (.316), 10th in ERA (2.84) and 19th in fielding (.977).
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES NOTABLES
TCU is making its third trip to the College World Series having advance previously in 2010 and 2014.
The Frogs are 4-4 all-time in the College World Series.
TCU has two wins over Florida State, one win against UCLA and one against Texas Tech in Omaha.
The Frogs' losses came twice to UCLA and once each to Viriginia and Ole Miss.
TCU and LSU are meeting for just the eight time. LSU leads 6-1.
The last time the two teams meet on the field was in 1994 when the Tigers swept a three-game series in Baton Rouge March 18-20.
TCU's lone win was in March of 1967 in Baton Rouge.
NEUTRAL SITE NOTABLES
TCU has played just three neutral site games this season and is 1-2 in those contests.
Under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle, TCU is 54-33 in neutral site games.
With their selection to the field of 64, the Horned Frogs are in elite company. TCU is one of just 13 programs nationally to appear in 11 of the last 12 regionals.
By winning the NCAA Fort Worth Regional, the Horned Frogs find themselvs in ever more elite company as one of just five schools to have appeared in five of the last seven Super Regionals joining Florida, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
By virtue of hosting, the Frogs were also in select company as one of only three schools to repeat as host of a super regional, joining Louisville and Virginia.
TCU is one of just seven schools (Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia) to appear in three of the last six College World Series.
Cody Jones has reached base safely in 34 straight games. The streak started April 4 at Texas Tech. Over that stretch, he's posted a .491 on base percentage with 52 hits, 24 walks and five hit by pitches.
Since the start of the postseason, senior Derek Odell has raised his game to another level. He's raised his average 27 points (.276-.303) over the last 10 games.
Currently in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, Odell has posted at least two hits five times. He is hitting .520 (13-for-25) during the hitting streak.
Against Texas A&M, Odell was 7-for-13 with three RBIs. In the postseason, he is 17-for-40 (.425) with 10 RBIs.
TCU's biggest two-out run of the year came in the 16th inning against the Aggies, locking up the program's second consecutive trip to the College World Series.
On the year, the Frogs have scored 149 runs with two outs. Seven different Frogs have tallied at least 10 two-out RBIs. Derek Odell paces the team with 21.
On the year, the opponents have scored 91 two-out runs.
FLEET OF FOOT
After not even attempting to steal a base in the Big 12 Tournament, the Frogs returned to form in the NCAA postseason, swiping 16 bases in 24 attempts. On the year, the Frogs rank fifth nationally in stolen bases with 117. They are one of just 14 schools in the NCAA to have over 100 stolen bases on the year.
Cody Jones, who ranks 14th nationally, picked up his 31st stolen base over the weekend. He's the first Frog since Sam Lunsford stole 32 in 1996 to swipe 30 bases in a season.
Over the last two seasons, the TCU pitching staff has been a dominate force. The Horned Frogs have played 123 games over the last two seasons and in 78 they have held the Frogs to two or fewer runs. Twenty-four times, they have shutout an opponent. An opponent has scored more than five runs just 24 times over the last two seasons.
MOWING THEM DOWN
Monday's 16-inning walk-off victory over Texas A&M featured a school-record 25 strikeouts. Nineteen of the 25 strikeouts were of the swinging variety. A TCU pitcher picked up a strikeout in all but three innings. Twice the Frogs struck out the side.
On the season, the Frogs have tallied 532 strikeouts while issuing just 138 walks. The Frogs are second nationally with a 3.86 K:BB ratio.
TCU's roster features eight seniors, five of which have spent their whole careers in the Purple and White. Trey Teakell, Keaton Jones, Derek Odell, Preston Morrison and Travis Evans have played in three NCAA Super Regionals in their careers and two College World Series'. TCU has posted a four-year record of 166-81 and has a trio of 40-win campaigns.
Both Preston Morrison and Keaton Jones came to TCU as walk-ons with no guaranteed roster spot. Morrison is the NCAA's active leader in innings pitched (462.1) and wins (36), while Jones is the NCAA's active leader in games played (447).
TCU has played 48 extra inning games since 2004. The Frogs hold a 31-17 mark in those games.
TCU's most recent extra-inning game was a 16-inning win against Texas A&M on June 8. The Frogs are 4-3 in extra innings this year, including a 2-1 record in postseason play.