No. 14 TCU Set For Top-25 Tussle At No. 19 Cal State Fullerton
Feb. 23, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATIONNo. 14 TCU vs. No. 19 Cal State Fullerton
|Dates (Time)||Friday, Feb. 24 (9 p.m.) | Saturday, Feb. 25 (8 p.m.) | Sunday, Feb. 26 (1 p.m.)|
|Location|| Goodwin Field | Fullerton, Calif.
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|Gametracker||FRIDAY | SATURDAY | SUNDAY|
|Game Notes|| TCU
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The 14th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs are set to head to California for a top-25 showdown with 19th-ranked Cal State Fullerton. The three-game series is slated to open Friday night at Goodwin Field. First pitch is set for 9 p.m. (CST).
The Horned Frogs saw 13 members make their collegiate debuts in the first three games (Kevin Allen, Kevin Cron, Brandon Finnegan, Josh Gonzales, Axel Johnson, Keaton Jones, Braden Mattson, Chris Murphy, Preston Morrison, Michael Resnick, Justin Scharf, Jerrick Suiter and Trey Teakell).
Braden Mattson and Josh Gonzales tallied their first career hits in Tuesday's loss to Baylor.
The Frogs were limited to just two hits in the Baylor game, but avoided being shut out and have now scored a run in 162 straight games.
TCU averaged over 5,000 fans this weekend, ranking seventh nationally.
Preston Morrison earned MW Pitcher of the Week honors after retiring all 10 batters he faced in his collegiate debut.
Kaleb Merck returned to the mound for the first time since June 26, 2010.
TCU has not lost a series since a 2-1 series loss to Cal State Fullerton Feb. 25-27, 2011, a stretch that spans 13 series.
The current four-game road trip concludes at Cal State Fullerton this weekend.
Under Schlossnagle, the Frogs are 121-72 in road games.
TCU will play just 20 games away from Lupton Stadium in 2012.
TCU will play just three road games in the month of April.
CAL STATE FULLERTON NOTABLES
Fullerton is under the guidance of a new head coach in 2012 as Rick Vanderhook took over the reigns this summer.
The Titans opened the 2012 campaign with a cross-country trip to Florida. Fullerton went 1-2 in the series against the country's No. 1 team.
Fullerton dropped the first two games of the weekend, but rebounded to win the finale, 8-5.
Austin Kingsolver had a solid weekend, hitting .556 (5-for-9), while Carlos Lopez tallied five RBIs to pace the squad.
J.D. Davis hit the only home run of the weekend for the Titans.
On the mound, the Titans issued seven walks and hit four batters while striking out 15.
They got a solid performance from Michael Lorenzen who earned the save after giving up just one hit on Sunday.
Fullerton played flawless defense over the weekend.
TCU and Cal State Fullerton are meeting for the fifth straight season and the series is tied a 6-6 through the first four seasons.
Overall, Cal State Fullerton leads the series 10-6.
TCU has won both series at Goodwin Field, while Fullerton has won the both series at Lupton.
Head coach Jim Schlossnagle is 7-11 all-time against the Titans.
TCU owns a 4-2 record all-time at Goodwin Field.
The TCU offense has gotten off to a slow start this season, hitting just .205 through the first three games. Of the 18 total hits, five have gone for extra bases (four doubles and one triple). Brance Rivera and Josh Elander are the only two Frogs hitting .300 or better with more than one at-bat.
ENDING OF STREAKS
An impressive pair of streaks have come to an end in the first three games of the season.
Jantzen Witte had played in 102 straight games through the last two seasons. He will miss approximately five to six weeks of the season as he recovers from an offseason injury.
Brance Rivera sat out Tuesday's game at Baylor, ending his streak of appearing in 81 straight games.
CLOSING OUT INNINGS
TCU is allowing 5.7 runs per game this season, but the bigger issue is the number of two-out runs surrendered by the pitching staff. Of the 17 runs, nine of them have come with two outs, that's an average of three per game.
Conversely, the Frogs have score 10 runs on the season and just four of them have come with two outs.
SOLID DEFENSIVE EFFORT
With an entirely new starting lineup on the infield, the group showed enormous poise on defense. The group has committed just one error in the first three games and the Frogs boast a .991 fielding percentage on the season.
Keaton Jones has been a vacuum at short, playing flawless defense in 14 chances, while Davy Wright also played flawlessly at third base in five chances. Brett Johnson made the lone error, but it came on a throw to first trying to complete a double play.
In the outfield, the quartet of Jason Coats, Zac Jordan, Brance Rivera and Kyle Von Tungeln played great, with Von Tungeln notching an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home in Friday's contest.
SEARCHING FOR A MILESTONE
The next TCU win will be the 350th of Jim Schlossnagle's tenure as the head coach at TCU.