TCU Opens CWS Play Sunday Against Florida
June 17, 2017
FORT WORTH - TCU is set to open play in its opening game of the 2017 College World Series Sunday night against the No. 3 National Seed Florida Gators. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The Horned Frogs are making their fifth overall appearance and fourth straight in the CWS.
TCU was one of five National Seeds to advance to the College World Series.
For the first time in school history, TCU swept its way through the Super Regional round, topping Missouri State 3-2 in Game 1 and 8-1 in Game 2.
TCU's 57 home runs on the season are the most since the 2010 campaign.
TCU racked up 26 strikeouts over the weekend, setting a school-record with 593 strikeouts this season.
TCU's 593 strikeouts as a team ranks fourth nationally, while its 2.94 K:BB ratio ranks 10th.
TCU's 102 stolen bases rank 10th nationally, while Nolan Brown ranks 11th nationally with 26 stolen bases.
TCU has four players with 10 or more stolen bases.
Evan Skoug hit two home runs over the weekend, becoming the first 20-home run hitter under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle and the first since 1997 (Chris Connally).
Durbin Feltman collected his nation-leading 17th save of the season on Saturday.
Jared Janczak's 5.14 hits allowed per nine ranks third nationally.
Brian Howard is the first Horned Frog since Alex Young in 2015 to record 100+ strikeouts in a season.
Florida was tabbed the No. 3 National Seed entering the NCAA Tournament.
The Gators are making their third consecutive appearance in the College World Series and their sixth in the last eight years.
Florida went 3-1 in the Gainesville Regional and 2-1 in the Super Regional against Wake Forest.
First-round draft pick Alex Faedo has started six of Florida's eight shutouts on the season.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES NOTABLES
TCU is making its fifth trip to the College World Series having advance previously in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
TCU is one of two teams appearing in the CWS for the fifth time in the last six years.
The Frogs are 8-8 all-time in the College World Series.
TCU has two wins over Florida State, two over LSU, two against Texas Tech and one each against UCLA and Coastal Carolina in Omaha.
The Frogs' losses came twice to Coastal Carolina, UCLA and Vanderbilt and once each to Virginia and Ole Miss.
TCU is 5-6 all-time at TD Ameritrade Park.
TCU and Florida have never met on the diamond.
TCU and Florida are facing for the first time in Omaha.
Florida has appeared in the field of 8 in four of TCU's five appearances. Twice (2010 and 2016), the two teams have been on the same side of the bracket.
Evan Skoug, Mike Rivera, Dalton Guthrie and Alex Faedo were all teammates on the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
NEUTRAL SITE NOTABLES
TCU played three regular season neutral site contests at the Shriners Hospital for Children's College Classic in addition to the Big 12 Tournament.
TCU is 6-2 in neutral site contests this season.
The Frogs went 3-0 in the College Classic and 3-2 in the Big 12 Tournament.
TCU owns a record of 71-40 in neutral site games under the guidance of Jim Schlossnagle.
With their fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA College World Series, the Frogs joined an exclusive group of programs to have advanced to at least four straight CWS'. TCU is the first since North Carolina (2006-09) to accomplish the feat. It's only the 12th time in CWS history a team has made at least four straight appearances.
TCU is the 10th program in NCAA history to appear in at least four straight: Oklahoma State 7, (1981-87); Miami 6 (1994-99), Northern Colorado 6 (1957-62), Oklahoma 5 (1972-76), USC 5 (1970-74), Stanford 5 (1999-03), Texas 5 (1981-85), Texas 4 (1972-75; 2002-05) and Maine 4 (1981-84).
Evan Skoug has put together a dominating two months at the plate. Since April 4, Skoug is hitting .304 with seven doubles and 16 home runs to go along with 44 RBIs.
His power surge has vaulted him up the TCU career charts. In just three seasons in the Purple and White, Skoug's 36 career home runs and 164 RBIs the fifth-most in program history. He became the first Horned Frog since Chris Connally (23, 1997) to hit 20 home runs.
TCU added three home runs to its season total in the Super Regionals and now has 57 on the year. That's the most home runs since the 2010 campaign when they hit 101.
From 2013-2015, TCU totaled 54 home runs combined. The last two seasons have seen the Frogs hit a combined 102 long balls.
FLEET OF FOOT
For just the sixth time in program history, TCU racked up 100 stolen bases in a season. It's the second time in the last three seasons.
TCU ranks 10th nationally with its 102 stolen bases. There are just 15 programs nationally with over 100 stolen bases this season. On 29 occasions this season, TCU has stolen two or more bases in a game. The Horned Frogs are 28-1 in those contests.
TCU has held opponents to three runs or less 29 times this season. The Horned Frogs are 29-0 in those contests.
Since assistant coach Kirk Saarloos arrived on campus, the TCU pitching staff has been one of the stingiest in the nation. Over the last 4+ seasons, TCU boasts an ERA of 2.92. Since 2013, TCU has held opponets to three or fewer runs 181 times and has racked up 44 shutouts.
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