TCU Hosts Baylor Tuesday Night
March 5, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATIONTCU vs. Baylor
|Dates (Time)|| Tuesday, March 6 (6:30 p.m.)
|Location||Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas|
| Starting Pitchers
Brandon Finnegan vs. TBA
|Radio||KTCU 88.7 FM|
|Social Media||Facebook | Twitter|
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU baseball team will look to ride the wave of momentum gained by a series victory over Oklahoma State this past weekend when it hosts Baylor Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. The Horned Frogs are in the midst of an eight-game home stand.
TCU rebounded from its third straight one-run loss on Friday to win the series against Oklahoma State.
The Frogs tallied their first extra-inning victory of the season with a walk-off win over the Pokes on Sunday.
TCU has two wins when trailing after seven. Davy Wright provided the game-winning hit in the 10th inning.
Stefan Crichton, Kaleb Merck and Justin Scharf combined to pitch the Frogs' first shut out of the season.
Kyle Von Tungeln continues to swing a hot bat, leading the team with a .342 batting average.
Jason Coats tied Royce Huffman with his 59th career double on Saturday.
Justin Scharf notched his first save in a TCU uniform on Saturday.
Josh Elander connected for his first home run of the season on Friday night.
Baylor went 2-2 in a tournament it hosted this weekend.
Both losses came at the hands of Lamar, while both victories came over UC Irvine.
Baylor opened the season 6-0 and since have gone just 3-4.
Lawton Langford paces the team offensively with a .429 batting average, while Max Muncy has totaled 11 RBIs.
The Bears have flashed speed on the bases with 14 stolen bases.
Defense has been one of the Bears' strengths with just seven errors in 13 games for a .986 fielding percentage.
Trent Blank is the staff ace with a 4-0 record to go along with a 0.81 ERA.
The pitching staff is holding opponents to a .233 batting average this season.
TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 305th time on Tuesday afternoon.
Baylor holds a 158-142-4 lead in the series.
TCU is 11-10 against Baylor since Jim Schlossnagle took over the reigns in 2004.
TCU has won four of the last six meetings.
Baylor is just 3-6 all-time at Lupton Stadium.
TCU has won three straight in Fort Worth.
Jason Coats hit his 59th career double on Saturday afternoon, tying him with Royce Huffman for top spot on the career charts. He also moved into fifth all-time in total bases, tying Matt Carpenter's career total of 412.
The senior is 11 at-bats away from moving into the top 5 all-time, as well as eight runs scored, seven hits and two triples. With six more RBIs, he will move into a tie for third all-time with Chad Huffman.
On the season, Coats has three doubles as part of 11 hits and is second on the team with five RBIs. He leads the team with two stolen bases.
TCU has played 29 extra-inning games in the Jim Schlossnagle era. Sunday's victory in 10 innings over Oklahoma State marked the 20th extra-inning victory under Schlossnagle. The Frogs are 9-7 under Schlossnagle at home in extra innings.
TCU played in only four extra-inning games in 2011 and finished with a 2-2 record. Davy Wright was the latest Horned Frog to provide extra inning heroics with a two-out RBI double to give the Frogs an incredible 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
In taking a tough 1-0 loss last Tuesday night, freshman Brandon Finnegan showed tons of promise with a solid five innings of work against the Bobcats. He allowed back-to-back hits with one out in the first that provided the winning run for Texas State. After that, he settled in and finished the night with a career-high eight strikeouts.
On the season, Finnegan has a 2.16 ERA in four appearances.
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. Each Friday home contest has surpassed 5,000 to rank in the top five all time.
With six games and over 28,000 fans in attendance the Frogs rank eighth nationally and first among all private schools in attendance per game.