Road Swing Continues At Texas State Tuesday Night

March 19, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

#19 TCU vs. #23 Texas State
 Dates (Time)  Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 p.m.)
 Location  Bobcat Baseball Ballpark | San Marcos, Texas
 Starting Pitchers

 Trey Teakell vs. TBA

 Watch Live  None
 Radio  KTCU 88.7 FM
 Gametracker  Tuesday
 Game Notes  TCU Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media  Facebook | Twitter

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs will put their nine-game winning streak on the line Tuesday night as they continue a nine-game road swing at Texas State. TCU returned to the national polls this week as high as No. 19, while Texas State is ranked as high as No. 23.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU has won nine straight games after sweeping UNLV this past weekend.
• The Horned Frogs scored a season-high 15 runs in the series finale.
Jason Coats tallied his second career multi-home run game on Saturday with his first two home runs of the season.
• The senior moved into third all-time in RBIs and fifth all-time in hits.
Josh Elander has a seven game hitting streak.
• TCU improved to 42-5 all-time in Mountain West conference series.
• The Frogs have tallied 24 sweeps in those 42 series wins.
Kyle Von Tungeln had a career-high three hits in Friday’s victory.
Kevin Allen continues to dominate as he hasn’t allowed a run in 12 2/3 innings pitched over his first nine appearances.
• TCU has played errorless defense in five of the last six games.

ROAD NOTABLES
• TCU continues a season-long nine game road swing Tuesday night in San Marcos.
• Under Schlossnagle, the Frogs are 125-74 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.

TEXAS STATE NOTABLES
• Texas State is coming off a 2-1 series victory over Stephen F. Austin this past weekend.
• The Bobcats are ranked in the top 25 of a couple polls.
• With a 4-2 league record, the Bobcats are tied for first atop the Southland Conference standings.
• Pitching is the Bobcats strong suit as they boast a 2.07 ERA and are limiting opponents to a .230 batting average against.
• They have tallied five shutouts this season, all five of which came in consecutive games.
• At the plate, Casey Kalenkosky leads the way with a .325 average to go along with four home runs.
• Jeff McVaney has been a solid two-way player with a .303 average and a team-high 16 RBIs to go along with three saves.
• Tyler Sibley paces the team on the base paths with seven steals in eight attempts.
• Defense is the week spot with 26 errors in 19 games for a .965 fielding percentage.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Tuesday’s meeting with the Bobcats will be the 39th in the series.
• TCU holds a 25-13 advantage over Texas State.
• The Frogs are 8-4 against Texas State since Jim Schlossnagle took over the program.
• TCU had won eight straight dating back to the 2006 season before a 1-0 loss to the Bobcats earlier this season.

TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
   TCU has been a dominating force in the Mountain West since joining the league in the 2005-06 academic year. They have won six straight regular season titles and four conference tournament titles, representing 10 of the 12 trophies dished out since the Frogs joined the league.
   The Frogs 113 league victories are 32 more than San Diego State’s 81 wins over the last six-plus seasons.
   TCU owns a 42-5 series record and have tallied 24 series sweeps since joining the league.

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
   After committing 18 errors in in the first 11 games, the Frogs have played five errorless game in their last six outings. Five of the 18 came in game three against the Titans and cost the Frogs six unearned runs in a game that TCU eventually lost 11-10.
   This six game streak of solid defense has seen the Frogs field at a .996 clip. The recent streak of good defense has seen the Frogs fielding percentage rise to .971.
   The play on the infield has been spectacular, led by shortstop Keaton Jones, who boasts a .986 fielding percentage with just one error on the season. The freshman has a streak of 43 chances without an error over the last 10 games. Collectively, they are fielding .965.

THE UNTOUCHABLES
   Preston Morrison, Kevin Allen, Justin Scharf and Kaleb Merck have been a formidable group at the back of the bullpen. Prior to Sunday’s four-run ninth, the group had a streak of 24 2/3 innings going without allowing a run.
   Despite Sunday’s ninth inning, the quartet boasts a combined ERA of 1.27 as they have allowed just eight runs in 56 2/3 innings pitched. Leading the way is junior Kevin Allen who has twirled 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his first nine outings. Justin Scharf has given up runs in only one of his 10 appearances and has held opponents without an earned run in his last eight appearances spanning 9 2/3 innings.
   Preston Morrison has filled the job of long reliever and has been touched for just two runs in 21 2/3 innings pitched this season.

STREAKING FROGS
   Since opening the season 2-6, the Frogs have rattled off nine straight wins, five of which have come against three schools from the Big 12. The victories have pushed the Frogs season record to 11-6, including a 3-0 start to league play.
   Additionally, four of the nine victories have come on the road. One of the keys to the wins have come courtesy of a heated up offense. Josh Elander’s bat has been on fire as he is hitting .438 with eight RBIs. Kyle Von Tungeln has also been tearing it up with a .407 average to go along with 13 runs scored.
   On the mound, the pitching staff has limited opponents to a .224 batting average and boasts an ERA of 2.54. Stefan Crichton has been spectacular with a 3-0 record to go along with a 1.23 ERA. Kaleb Merck has two saves and has pitched in seven of the wins.

FREE PASSES
   In Sunday’s victory over UNLV, the Frogs earned 17 free passes (10 walks, six errors and one hit by pitch). Eight of those free passes came around to score. TCU has made it a habit to make free passes count as they have turned 36 of the 95 free passes into runs.
   The 22 errors committed by TCU’s opponents have led to 30 unearned runs scored by the Horned Frogs. That was evident Sunday as six UNLV errors turned into 12 unearned runs for the Frogs.