TCU Opens Play In CWS Sunday vs. Texas Tech

June 14, 2014

Ole Miss

#2 TCU (47-16) vs. #7 Texas Tech (45-19)

 Date (Time)  Sunday: June 15 (2 p.m. CT)
 Location  TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.
 Sunday: ESPN2
 Starting Pitchers
 Sunday: Preston Morrison vs. Chris Sadbury
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM
 Radio Talent  Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
 Tournament Info  Tournament Central
 Gametracker  Sunday
 Listen Live  Sunday
 Watch Live  Sunday
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Baseball Twitter

OMAHA, Neb. - The TCU Horned Frogs are set to open play in the 2014 College World Series Sunday afternoon against fellow Big 12 foe, Texas Tech. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

• TCU used a two-run, ninth inning rally to defeat Pepperdine 6-5 Monday to advance to the College World Series.
• The Horned Frogs are one of only two national seeds (Virginia) to make it to the College World Series.
Kyle Bacak set a school record with his 20th sacrifice of the season. The record-breaking sacrifice bunt drove in what proved to be the game-winning run Sunday.
Keaton Jones led all hitters in the Super Regional with a .545 (6-for-11) batting average.
Riley Ferrell picked up his record 15th save on Friday before earning the win in game three on Monday.
• The pitching staff continues to lead the nation in ERA at 2.19.
• The bullpen has allowed just two runs in 28 1/3 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament.
Trey Teakell has not allowed a run in his last nine appearances, spanning 21 2/3 innings.
Preston Morrison ranks ninth nationally with his 1.32 ERA, while Brandon Finnegan ranks fifth nationally with 129 strikeouts.
• TCU ranks 11th nationally with its .982 fielding percentage.

• Texas Tech is making its first-ever appearance in the College World Series.
• The Red Raiders captured the Coral Gables (Miami) Regional title before sweeping the College of Charleston with a pair of 1-0 victories to advance to Omaha.
• Texas Tech boasts a national-best 0.65 ERA in six NCAA Tournament games.
• Offensively, the Red Raiders are averaging just 2.1 runs per game and are hitting .208.
• Tim Proudfoot is the leading hitter in the postseason at .353, while Adam Kirsch has a team-best three RBIs.
• Defensively, Texas Tech is fielding at a .984 clip with four errors. It has surrendered three stolen bases.

• TCU and Texas Tech are meeting on the diamond for the fifth time this season. The series is tied at two.
• Texas Tech took 2-of-3 from TCU in Fort Worth March 21-23, while TCU defeated Texas Tech 4-0 in Abilene on April 22.
• TCU leads the all-time series 86-68-1, including a mark of 18-6 under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

• TCU is making its second trip to the College World Series having advance for the first time ever in 2010.
• The Frogs are 3-2 all-time at the College World Series.
• TCU's has two wins over Florida State and one win against UCLA in Omaha.
• The Frogs' lone losses came at the hands of UCLA.

• TCU is no stranger to neutral site games. The Frogs have played 10 games at a neutral site this season.
• The Horned Frogs are 8-2 in neutral site games.
• TCU has won six straight neutral site contests entering the College World Series.

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 and just one of seven programs to appear in four of the last six super regionals.

TCU is one of just 10 programs to have multiple appearances in the College World Series in the last five years. It joins Florida (3), South Carolina (3), UCLA (3), Florida State (2), Louisville (2), North Carolina (2), Texas (2), Vanderbilt (2) and Virginia (2).

From May 2-16, Kyle Bacak saw his average drop from .260 to .238 after suffering through a 3-for-22 (.136) slump. Since, Bacak has hit safely in 10 of the last 11 games and has raised his average to .269 after hitting .382 (13-for-34).

Bacak is carrying an 18-game on-base streak into the College World Series. He boasts a .457 on-base percentage during the streak. Bacak has worked 12 walks, been hit by a pitch four times and tallied 16 base hits.

TCU finished the month of March with a 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 32-of-36 games to push their record to 47-16 overall.

TCU has succeeded in all facets of the game, hitting .296 as a team, fielding at a .982 clip and posting a miniscule 1.66 ERA. The pitching staff has posted nine of its 14 shutouts over the last two-plus months.

TCU has the luxury of four quality starting pitchers. The quartet of Tyler Alexander, Brandon Finnegan, Jordan Kipper and Preston Morrison are a combined 35-13 this season with a 2.13 ERA in games started. In 384 1/3 innings pitched, they have tallied 332 strikeouts, while issuing just 68 walks.

The quartet has pitched at least five innings in 46 games and have produced 39 quality starts.

As good as the starting pitching has been, the bullpen has been equally as effective. The group is 12-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 196.1 innings pitched. They are limiting the opposition to a .211 batting average and have 209 strikeouts. They have not surrendered a run in 35 of their 55 appearances this season.

In NCAA Tournament play, they have been even better. The group has allowed just two runs in 28.1 innings pitched.

Cody Jones has reached new territory in the Jim Schlossnagle era. He has added a trio of stolen bases in the NCAA tournament to give him 28 on the season. That's the most since Schlossnagle took over in 2004 and the most since Sam Lunsford stole 32 in 1996. In his career, Jones has 41 stolen bases in 50 attempts.

The Horned Frogs established a Big 12 record with 14 shutouts. That mark ranks third nationally behind LSU's 17 and Oregon State's 15.

The Frogs have allowed one run or fewer in 32 games this season and have held an opponents to two runs or less 42 times. Since April 1, TCU has allowed more than two runs just nine times.

TCU is a perfect 22-0 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.

On April 17 at Texas, head coach Jim Schlossnagle put together a lineup that featured Jerrick Suiter as the starting designated hitter. That same lineup has started 26 of the last 27 games and 22 straight. TCU is 23-3 in those 26 games.

Trey Teakell has proved to be an invaluable member of the TCU bullpen this season. He has been used in long relief, short relief and has a set-up man to Riley Ferrell.

Teakell has made 23 appearances out of the bullpen and has a 6-0 record with a 1.81 ERA in 54 2/3 innings pitched. He has held opponents scoreless in 16 of the 23 appearances. Teakell has not allowed a run in his last 21.2 innings pitched over his last nine appearances. Only six of his 18 inherited runners have scored and none of his last 11.



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