TCU Begins Eight-Game Homestand; Hosts Texas State

Feb. 27, 2012

Feb. 20, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

No. 18 TCU vs. Texas State
 Dates (Time)  Tuesday, Feb. 28 (6:30 p.m.)
 Location  Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
 Starting Pitchers

 Brandon Finnegan vs. Mitchell Pitts

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will look to get back in the win column Tuesday night as they begin an eight-game homestand. The Horned Frogs will host Texas State at 6:30 p.m.

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs have seen 14 players make their collegiate debuts in the first six games of the season. Seven have debuted on the mound and seven in the field.
Derek Odell became the latest Frog to debut on Friday at Cal State Fullerton.
• Odell and Kyle Von Tungeln each connected for their first career home runs over the weekend.
Jerrick Suiter tripled and drove in two runs on the first pitch he saw of his collegiate career to help the Frogs to their lone win on Friday.
Preston Morrison has both of the Frogs’ wins this season.
Kaleb Merck is 2-for-2 in save opportunities in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Jason Coats had a solid weekend, recording seven hits in the three games at Cal State Fullerton.
Davy Wright totaled a career-high three hits in game three against the Titans.
• TCU committed seven errors over the weekend, costing it seven unearned runs.

TEXAS STATE NOTABLES
• Texas State is coming off a 2-1 road series victory against Houston.
• Texas State is 4-3 on the season, including a 2-2 record away from home.
• The Bobcats outscored the Cougars 12-1 in the final two games, including a 6-0 shut out on Sunday.
• Nick Smelser and Jeff McVaney pace the team offensively with .360 and .355 batting averages, respectively.
• Casey Kalenkoskey has provided the power with three home runs and seven RBIs in seven games played.
• On the mound, the Bobcat pitching staff has posted a miniscule 2.03 ERA and has tallied 66 strikeouts.
• Texas State has flashed speed on the bases with seven stolen bases in nine attempts.
• Defense has been an issue for the Bobcats as they have committed 11 errors that have led to seven unearned runs.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Tuesday’s meeting with the Bobcats will be the 38th in the series.
• TCU holds a 25-12 advantage over Texas State.
• The Frogs are 8-3 against Texas State since Jim Schlossnagle took over the program.
• TCU has won eight straight dating back to the 2006 season.
• Texas State is 3-5 at Lupton Stadium all-time.

PASSING THROUGH THE GATES
   Opening night saw a crowd of 5,912 fans pack Lupton Stadium for the season-opener. It marked the second-largest crowd in stadium history. On Sunday, 4,502 fans passed through the gates, a crowd that ranks ninth all-time. With over 10,000 fans on opening week, the Horned Frogs ranked 7th nationally in attendance after the first two weekends of the season.

HEATING UP
   Jason Coats had a tremendous weekend at Cal State Fullerton, hitting .500 (7-for-14) with three RBIs. The solid weekend raised Coats’ season average to .400. He leads the team with 10 hits and two doubles, while ranking second with five RBIs.
    The senior needs to play in 51 more games to leave as the all-time leader in games played. He is two doubles away from the top spot and 49 hits away from becoming only the second player in school history with 300 career hits. Barring injury, Coats will also rank in the top of five of at-bats, RBIs, triples, home runs and total bases.

REACHING A MILESTONE
   Friday night’s come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton marked the 350th win for Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle as the skipper of the TCU Horned Frogs. He ranks second all-time in school history behind longtime head coach Lance Brown. During the Frogs playoff run in 2010, he passed the legendary Frank Windegger who had 298 wins during his career.

OH WHAT A NIGHT
   Friday’s come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton was impressive on multiple fronts.
   First on the mound, sophomore Andrew Mitchell was on firing, tallying a career-high 12 strikeouts. He struck out multiple batters in all five innings he pitched, including three each in the first and third innings. He left trailing 1-0 after allowing a run on two hits.
   At the plate, a pair of freshmen keyed the victory as Braden Mattson scored the go-ahead run on a pinch-hit triple from Jerrick Suiter. For Suiter, he tripled on the first pitch he saw in his collegiate career.

ENDING OF STREAKS
   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 the last four games, ending his streak of appearing in 81 straight games.