TCU Heads To New Mexico For Key Conference Series

March 22, 2012


TCU (11-7) @ New Mexico (8-10)
 Dates (Time)  Friday, March 23 (8 p.m.) | Saturday, March 24 (3 p.m.) | Sunday, March 25 (2 p.m.)
 Location  Earl E. Wilson Stadium| Las Vegas, Nev.
 Starting Pitchers

 Friday: Stefan Crichton vs. Sam Wolff
 Saturday: Andrew Mitchell vs. Austin House
 Sunday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Rudy Jaramillo

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs continue their nine-game road trip with a key three-game series at New Mexico beginning Friday night at Isotopes Park. Both teams posted sweeps last weekend and sit atop the conference standings with identical 3-0 records.

• TCU saw its season-long nine game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night at Texas State.
• TCU tied its season-high with five errors in Tuesday’s loss.
• 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 fourth all-time in hits.
Josh Elander has a eight game hitting streak.
• TCU improved to 42-4 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 continues a season-long nine game road swing Friday night at New Mexico.
• The Horned Frogs are currently 4-1 on the current road trip and 5-4 on the season.
• Under Schlossnagle, the Frogs are 125-75 in road games.
• TCU will play just three road games in the month of April.

• After getting off to a 5-10 start to the season, the Lobos posted a conference-opening sweep of San Diego State.
• DJ Peterson and Austin House were honored by the conference this week, making it the second straight week the Lobos have swept the conference honors.
• Peterson is on fire this season, hitting .457 with five home runs and 21 RBIs.
• As a team, the Lobos are hitting at a .292 clip with nine home runs.
• Josh Melendez is the guy to watch on the bases with eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
• While the Lobos can score runs, they also give up runs as they have a team ERA of 5.12 and are allowing opponents to hit at a .305 clip.
• Gera Sanchez is the go-to guy in the bullpen with a 2-0 record and three saves in eight appearances.
• Defensively, the team has committed 30 errors for a .958 fielding percentage.

• Friday’s meeting with the Lobos will be the 53rd in the series.
• TCU holds a 37-15 advantage in the series.
• Since joining the MWC in 2006, the Frogs are 23-8 against the Lobos.
• The Frogs 15-3 all-time at New Mexico.
• TCU is 11-1 against the Lobos at Isotopes Park under Jim Schlossnagle.
• The Frogs went 5-3 against the Lobos in 2011.

   Tuesday night in San Marcos, the Texas State pitching staff issued 10 walks to the Horned Frogs. TCU has been no stranger to the free passes over the course of the last three games as it has drawn 28 walks. Additionally, the Frogs have been plunked three times.
   On the season, TCU has worked 79 walks and been hit 16 times for an on-base percentage of .348.

   Kyle Von Tungeln has been one of the hottest hitters on the team over the last six games. He has posted two or more hits in five of the games and has a streak of four straight multi-hit contests going. Since March 12, he has raised his average 52 points from .317 to a team-leading .369. Included in the hot streak is his ability to not only get on base, but score runs. He has tallied a run scored in each of the last six games and has a total of 12 runs scored to go along with his 11 hits.

   Jason Coats is slowly but surely climbing the career charts. He already holds the career record with 60 doubles, but he is on the move in a couple other categories. With two more hits, he will move into second all-time, while five more RBIs will have him in the second spot. He is seven at-bats away from being second all-time.

   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.