TCU Wraps Up Homestand; Hosts Texas Tech

March 9, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

TCU (5-6) vs. Texas Tech (10-3)
 Dates (Time)  Saturday, March 10 (2 p.m.) | Sunday, March 11 (1 p.m.)
 Location  Lupton Stadium (4,500) | Fort Worth, Texas
 Starting Pitchers

 Saturday: Stefan Crichton vs. Duke von Schamann
 Sunday: TBA vs. Shane Broyles

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs will close out a seven-game homestand this weekend when they host Texas Tech in a weather-shortened two-game series. The Frogs will ride a three-game winning streak into Saturday's 2 p.m. showdown with the Red Raiders.

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs stretched their winning streak to three straight games with a 9-4 come-from-behind victory over Baylor.
• The game with the Bears featured an NCAA record 13 hit batters (10 by TCU, 3 by Baylor).
• Jason Coats broke Royce Huffman's career record with his 60th career double on Tuesday.
• Jerrick Suiter stretched his hitting streak to four games and tallied his first career three-hit game.
• The Frogs tallied their first extra-inning victory of the season with a walk-off win over Oklahoma State on Sunday.
• TCU has three wins when trailing after seven.
• Davy Wright provided the game-winning hit in the 10th inning on Sunday.
• 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.

TEXAS TECH NOTABLES
• The Red Raiders scored an 8-4 come-from-behind victory over nationally-ranked Arizona State on Tuesday night.
• After a blistering 8-1 start to the season, Texas Tech is just 2-2 in its last four games.
• Speed is the biggest weapon for the Red Raiders as they rank in the top 10 nationally with 29 stolen bases. • Jamodrick McGruder (12) and Barrett Barnes (8) have accounted for 20 of the stolen bases.
• Barnes is the power guy in the lineup with three home runs.
• On the mound, the staff has posted a 2.66 ERA with one shutout.
• The staff is holding opponents to a .204 batting average and has tallied 108 strikeouts.
• Defensively, the Red Raiders are fielding at a .975 clip with 13 errors.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Saturday's game will be the 147th meeting all-time.
• TCU leads the series 77-68-1.
• The Frogs are 12-3 against Texas Tech under Schlossnagle.
• TCU swept the Red Raiders in Lubbock in 2011 and have won eight straight dating back to 2007.
• The Frogs swept the Red Raiders in their last visit to Lupton in 2010.
• TCU has a 7-3 all-time record against Texas Tech at Lupton Stadium.

ATOP THE MOUNTAIN
   Jason Coats wasted no time collecting his first career record on Tuesday night as he tallied his 60th career double to move ahead of Royce Huffman.
   The senior is six at-bats away from moving into the top 5 all-time, as well as six runs scored, four hits and two triples. With four more RBIs, he will move into a tie for third all-time with Chad Huffman.
   His four total bases on Tuesday night tied him with Bryan Holaday for fourth all-time. A base hit will move him into a tie for third all-time with Austin Adams.

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
   Tuesday's victory over Baylor turned into an NCAA record breaking night at Lupton Stadium. The pitching staffs for both teams combined to out-hit the offenses as they plunked a combined 13 batters and surrendered just 12 hits. The 13 combined hit batters breaks the NCAA mark of 12 set on three different occasions.
   Additionally, the TCU pitching staff tied an NCAA record by being responsible for 10 of the hit batters. Two other teams also lay claim to that record.

BULLPEN STRENGTH
   Despite giving up a run in his last outing, freshman Preston Morrison has been a gem out of the bullpen. His streak of 11 straight innings without allowing a run came to an end when he surrendered a sixth-inning home run to the Cowboys. Still, that is the lone run given up by Morrison as he boasts a 0.69 ERA.
   Equally impressive have been the debuts of Kevin Allen (0 runs in 7 innings) and Justin Scharf (2 runs in 6 innings).
   All told, the bullpen boasts a 4-1 record and has a 2.42 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .221 against the group. They have tallied 43 strikeouts and issued just 20 walks.

NEW FACES GALORE
   Caleb St. Laurent became the latest Horned Frog to make his collegiate debut on Tuesday when he was used as a pinch runner in the Frogs' six run eighth inning. He marks the 15th Horned Frog to make his debut this season.
   All told, the Frogs have utilitzed three junior college transfers, three redshirt freshmen and nine true freshmen.