TCU Opens Homestand Friday Against UNLV

March 29, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

TCU (12-10, 4-2) vs. UNLV (12-13, 1-5)
 Dates (Time)  Friday, March 30 (6:30 p.m.) | Saturday, March 31 (4 p.m.) | Sunday, April 1 (1 p.m.)
 Location  Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
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 Friday: Stefan Crichton vs. Joe Robinson
 Saturday: Andrew Mitchell vs. Zak Qualls
 Sunday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Erick Fedde

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU baseball team opens up a 12-game homestand when they host UNLV for a three-game series beginning Friday night. The Horned Frogs will play all but three games at home in the month of April. First pitch Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m.

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU is coming off a 10-inning, 4-3 loss at UT Arlington on Tuesday night.
• The Frogs wrapped up a nine-game road trip with a 5-4 record.
• Josh Elander hit his second home run of the season on Tuesday night.
• Jason Coats hit his team-leading third home run of the season on Friday night.
• Brett Johnson has hit safely in four straight games.
• Jerrick Suiter made his first collegiate start on the mound Tuesday night at UT Arlington.
• TCU surrendered three unearned runs thanks to five errors Tuesday.
• Kevin Cron tallied his first career multi-hit game Tuesday night.
• Jantzen Witte has four hits in his last two games.
• TCU totaled 11 hits on Tuesday night, marking the fifth time this season it has had double-digit hits.

UNLV NOTABLES
• The Rebels dropped their second straight league series, falling 2-1 to Air Force in Colorado Springs last weekend.
• UNLV is just 4-7 in games played away from Las Vegas.
• UNLV rebounded with a 19-2 trouncing of Southern Utah on Tuesday night.
• The Rebel lineup boasts eight .300 hitters, topped by Trevor Kirk's .370 average.
• Brandon Bayardi has a team-high 30 RBIs and 11 doubles to go along with his .340 average.
• On the mound, the staff has posted an ERA of 4.36 and is limiting opponents to a .267 average.
• Zak Qualls has a team-high three victories and a 3.44 ERA in six starts.
• Zack Hartman paces the bullpen with three saves in seven appearances.
• Defensively, the Rebels are fielding at a .964 clip with 35 errors.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Friday's meeting with the Rebels will be the 39th all time. TCU holds a 35-13 series lead.
• TCU tallied a sweep earlier this season in Las Vegas.
• TCU is 12-1 against UNLV at Lupton Stadium.
• Since Jim Schlossnagle arrived in 2004, the Horned Frogs are 28-3 against the Rebels.
• Prior to the win in Fort Worth in 2011, UNLV's only victories against TCU under Schlossnagle came in 2008.

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
   On the season, the Horned Frogs have committed 33 errors for a .961 fielding percentage. 19 of those 33 errors have come in four games, while 28 have come in seven total games. The Horned Frogs have played 10 errorless games this season and boast an 8-2 record in those contests. They are just 4-8 in games they commit an error, including 1-6 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 89 chances for a .978 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 saw 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 finished with a 5-4 record on the road trip.
   Josh Elander paced the team with a .351 average and 13 RBIs. Jason Coats tallied three home runs and drove in 12.
   On the mound, Justin Scharf has tallied two victories and a save in seven appearances. Kevin Allen has racked up 11 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings pitched. The Frogs have hit their stride on the bases with 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts.

BACK WITH A VENGEANCE
   Offseason hip surgery sidelined Jantzen Witte for the first 19 games of the season. After an 0-for-3 day at the plate in his first game back, Witte seems to have found his swing. In the last two contests, he has tallied a pair of hits and is batting .500 (4-for-8) with two RBIs.

HOME SWEET HOME
   TCU returns home after a nine game road trip. The Horned Frogs will play 20 of the next 23 games at Lupton Stadium where they boast a 6-3 record so far this season. The Frogs rank eighth nationally in attendance with an average of 4,546 fans per game. They are working on a five-game winning streak in front of their home fans. Josh Elander has benefitted the most from the home cooking with a .414 average and a team-high 12 hits. On the mound, Stefan Crichton and Preston Morrison have tallied two wins each, while Kaleb Merck has three of his four saves on the season.