Rebels and Horned Frogs Kick Off Mountain West Action
March 15, 2012
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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV baseball team will play host to TCU this coming weekend at Wilson Stadium, marking the start of Mountain West action.
The Rebels (10-7) and Horned Frogs (8-6) will meet to kick off the conference season in Las Vegas for the second straight season, with TCU taking last year's series 2-1.
UNLV comes in having won four of its last five games, including a 22-12 win over Southern Utah on Tuesday night while TCU is in the midst of a six-game winning streak after starting the year 2-6.
Game 1 - Joe Robinson (2-1, 2.66 ERA) vs. Andrew Mitchell (0-2, 5.27)
Game 2 - Zak Qualls (2-0, 2.22 ERA) vs. Stefan Crichton (2-0, 2.22 ERA)
Game 3 - Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.86 ERA) vs. Brandon Finnegan (0-2, 3.38 ERA)
HOME SWEET HOME
After spending the first two weekends and seven games on the road, the UNLV baseball team embarked on a 13-game home stand that kicked off Feb. 28 against CSU Bakersfield.
The Rebels are 7-3 through the first 10 games, including a series sweep over CSUB. UNLV down Southern Utah for the second straight week, taking Tuesday night’s game by a 22-12 count. The Rebels will open up Mountain West action this weekend, welcoming rival TCU to Wilson stadium for a three-game set to mark the backend of the current home stand.
SCOUTING HORNED FROGS
After starting the year 2-6, the TCU Horned Frogs have won six straight and enter this weekend’s conference opener at 8-6. The Frogs navigated their way through a tough non-conference schedule, with weekend series against Ole Miss, Cal State Fullerton and Texas Tech in addition to a pair of midweek games against Baylor.
Jose Elander leads the way at the plate for TCU, batting .388 (19-for-49) with a pair of extra-base hits and five RBI on the year. Kyle Von Tungeln is hitting .306 (15-for-49) with a team-leading six extra-base hits, including two triples to go along with four RBI.
Righty Andrew Mitchell will take the hill for TCU on Friday night, bring an 0-2 record and a 5.27 ERA to the rubber. Mitchell has struck out 20 and walked just four in 13.2 innings logged this year and kept hitters to a meager .218 average at the plate.
Stefan Crichton, Mountain West Pitcher of the Week back on March 5 will be the Saturday starter. Crichton is 2-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts this year. He has logged 24.1 innings on thie mound and struck out 14 with one shutout to his credit.
Closing out the weekend ont he bump for the Horned Frogs will be Brandon Finnegan. The lefty is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA this year in 16.0 innings of work. Finnegan has struck out 14 batters in six appearances on the year.
UNLV and TCU will kick off the first of two weekend series’ within the next three weeks. The Rebels and Horned Frogs will be meeting for the 46th time in series history Friday night, with TCU holding a 32-13 edge.
UNLV has lost 16 of the last 17 meetings, with the lone win coming in last year’s series opener in Las Vegas. The last home series win over TCU came during the 2008 season, with UNLV posting back-to-back 7-6 wins on Saturday and Sunday.
The six scheduled meetings in the regular season and possible MW Tournament matchup will mark the end of yearly games between the two as TCU is slated to move to the Big 12 in the fall of 2-12.
MOUNTAIN WEST OPENERS
UNLV will open their 13th Mountain West season on Friday night against TCU. The Rebels and Horned Frogs will begin conference play against each other for the second straight year, with TCU taking last year’s series, 2-1.
UNLV is 8-4 overall in MW openers and 9-3 in MW-opening games played at Wilson Stadium.
The Rebels hold an 18-18 record in conference opening series’, leading to a 5-7 series record.