Road Trip Concludes At UT Arlington Tuesday Night
March 27, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATIONTCU vs. UT Arlington
|Dates (Time)|| Tuesday, March 26 (6:30 p.m.)|
|Location||Clay Gould Ballpark | Arlington, Texas|
| Starting Pitchers|
Jerrick Suiter vs. Zach Thompson
|Radio||KTCU 88.7 FM|
|Social Media||Facebook | Twitter|
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU's nine-game road trip concludes Tuesday night when the Horned Frogs head to crosstown rival UT Arlington. Freshman Jerrick Suiter will make his first collegiate start on the mound for TCU. First pitch at Clay Gould Ballpark is set for 6:30 p.m.
TCU dropped its first conference series since the 2009 season (San Diego State).
The Frogs are now 42-6 all-time in Mountain West series.
Jason Coats moved into second all-time in hits, RBIs and at-bats.
Coats hit his team-leading third home run of the season on Friday night.
Brett Johnson had a solid weekend for the Frogs with four hits, including a three-hit day on Saturday.
Kyle Von Tungeln has scored a run in nine straight contests.
Kevin Allen notched his first save in a TCU uniform on Saturday.
After committing four errors in the opener against New Mexico, TCU played errorless baseball in the final two contests.
TCU was 8-of-10 in stolen bases over the weekend.
Jantzen Witte made his season debut on Friday.
TCU continues a season-long nine game road swing Friday night at New Mexico.
The Horned Frogs are currently 5-3 on the current road trip and 6-6 on the season.
Under Schlossnagle, the Frogs are 126-77 in road games.
TCU will play just three road games in the month of April.
UT ARLINGTON NOTABLES
UT Arlington has dropped its last four contest, including getting swept by Southeastern Louisiana this past weekend.
The Mavericks have some impressive midweek wins over at Texas, at Oklahoma and against Baylor.
Since starting 9-3, UTA is just 4-8 in its last 12 games.
Preston Beck is the offensive star with a .338 average and a team-leading five home runs.
Ryan Walker has been a terror on the base paths with eight stolen bases.
On the mound, Chad Nack has a team-high four saves.
Weekend starter, Kasey Merck, is the brother of current Horned Frog, Kaleb Merck.
Defensively, the Mavericks are fielding at a .968 clip.
The Horned Frogs and the Mavericks will be meeting for the 141st time on Tuesday night.
TCU and UTA split the season series in 2011 with both teams winning on their home field.
TCU holds an 86-54 edge in the all-time series.
Prior to UTA's win on March 15, 2011, the Frogs had won 15 straight meetingsdating back to the 2004 season, including five straight at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Since 2004, the Horned Frogs are 15-3 against the Mavericks.
RISING TO THE TOP
This past weekend saw Jason Coats move into second place in multiple career records, while breaking into the top five in a couple other categories.
On Friday night, the senior went 4-for-5 with five RBIs to take firm hold on second place in both career hits and career RBIs. Saturday saw him move into second all-time in total bases and fifth all-time in games played.
For his career, the senior has played in 207 games amassing 268 hits in 805 at-bats with 61 doubles, 11 triples and 30 home runs. He has 441 total bases and has driven in 178 runs over the last three-plus seasons.
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
On the season, the Horned Frogs have committed 28 errors for a .966 fielding percentage. 14 of those 28 errors have come in three games, while 23 have come in six total games. The Horned Frogs have played 10 errorless games this season and boast an 8-2 record in those contests. They are just 4-7 in games they commit an error, including 1-5 in games in which they commit two-or-more errors.
A bright spot defensively has been the solid glove of shortstop Keaton Jones. He has committed just two errors this season in 88 chances for a .977 fielding percentage. He had an 11 game streak spanning 51 chances in which he did not commit an error. His first error of the season came seven games into the season against Texas State on Feb. 28.
MARATHON ROAD TRIP
Tuesday night will see the Horned Frogs wrap up a season-long nine game road swing. It's the longest regular-season road swing in the Jim Schlossnagle era. TCU has a 5-3 record so far on the road trip.
Josh Elander and Kyle Von Tungeln are each hitting .375 over the last eight games, while Jason Coats and Brance Rivera are each hitting .303. On the mound, Justin Scharf has tallied two victories and a save in six appearances. Kevin Allen has racked up eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings pitched. The Frogs have hit their stride on the bases with 17 stolen bases.
For the first time this season, the Horned Frogs have a full compliment of players available to them. Jantzen Witte and Kevin Cron both returned to the lineup Friday night after missing significant time with injuries.
For Witte, Friday's game marked his first appearance of the season after missing the first five weeks following off-season surgery. Cron returned to the lineup for the first time since opening night. He missed 18 games with an injury.