TCU Welcomes Manhattan For Weekend Series

April 26, 2012

GAME DAY INFORMATION

TCU vs. Manhattan
 Dates (Time)  Friday, April 27 (6:30 p.m.) | Saturday, April 28 (4 p.m.) | Sunday, April 29 (1 p.m.)
 Location  Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
 Starting Pitchers

 Friday: Preston Morrison vs. Taylor Sewitt
 Saturday: Andrew Mitchell vs. Scott McClennan
 Sunday: Stefan Crichton vs. Michael Martin

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frogs continue their homestand this weekend when they host Manhattan for a three game series. Friday night's series opener is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

TCU NOTABLES

• The Horned Frogs seven-game home winning streak came to an end Tuesday.
• TCU began an eight-game homestand Tuesday against Texas A&M.
Justin Scharf made his 23rd appearance on the season.
Preston Morrison took over the wins lead, improving to 6-0 with a win on Saturday.
Jantzen Witte hit his second home run of the season.
• TCU played errorless baseball for the 14th time this season.
Brandon Finnegan made his first start since March 25. He has pitched 15 straight scoreless innings.
• Tuesday’s attendance of 5,214 was the fourth-largest crowd in stadium history.
• TCU lost for just the second time when leading after seven innings this season.
Kyle Von Tungeln tied a school record with five walks in Friday’s win.

MANHATTAN NOTABLES
• The Jaspers have been playing good baseball as they have won six of their last seven games.
• 12 of Manhattan’s 20 wins have come at home, while they have just eight wins in 28 tries on the road.
• Manhattan is hitting .273 as a team, led by Anthony Vega’s .333 average.
• Vega is a menace on the base paths with 22 steals in 23 attempts. The Jasper’s have 57 stolen bases as a team.
• Ramon Ortega is the run producer with 36 RBIs and a team-high five home runs.
• On the mound, the Jaspers have a combined ERA of 4.83.
• Reliever Taylor Sewitt has five wins in 15 appearances.
• Jacob Marchus is the shutdown guy at the back end with three saves in 10 appearances.

SERIES NOTABLES
• TCU and Manhattan are meeting on the diamond for just the fourth time.
• The Frogs are 3-0 all-time against the Jaspers.
• Manhattan traveled to Fort Worth for a three-game series March 4-6, 2005.
• TCU needed extra-innings to defeat the Jaspers in the series-opener.
• The series featured a pair of one-run games.

A NEW ROLE, NO PROBLEM
   Three weeks ago Preston Morrison made the transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The talented freshman has shown no signs of slowing down his debut season.
   Since joining the rotation, Morrison has posted a 3-0 record. He boasts a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts and just three walks. He is limiting opponents to a .190 batting average against.
   As a reliever, Morrison posted similar numbers. He was 3-0 in 10 appearances out of the bullpen. In 38 innings pitched, he had a 1.18 ERA with 25 strikeouts and only three walks. Opponents hit only .167 against him.

MAKING HIS MOVE
   As the season clicks along, senior Jason Coats continues to take ownership of the record books. This past weekend he took hold of the No. 1 spot in yet another statistical category. With his third at-bat against San Diego State on Saturday, he became the all-time leader in career at-bats, passing Matt Carpenter’s school record of 843.
   After the weekend, Coats has 854 at-bats. Additionally, he moved into third all-time in games played (219) and tied Chad Huffman for third all-time with 180 runs scored. He currently sits second all-time with 283 hits, 186 RBIs and 463 total bases. With 12 triples he is tied for fifth all-time. Coats is already the career lead with 63 doubles.

WINS & LOSSES: THE THIN LINE
   When they are good, they are really good, when they are bad, they struggle. In TCU’s 23 wins this season, the Frogs put all three facets of the game together and show their dominance.
   Offensively, the team is hitting .260 and have outscored their opponents 133-49. TCU boasts a .355 on-base percentage and has swiped 24 stolen bases. Defensively, they have committed just 17 errors for a .981 fielding percentage.
   On the mound, the Frogs have a 1.83 ERA and are limiting opponents to a .207 batting average. In the losses, the Frogs are hitting just .223, fielding just .937 and have an ERA of 5.36. Opponents are hitting .302 and have outscored TCU 98-54.
   Josh Elander is the Frogs’ leading hitter in wins with a .346 average, while Jason Coats paces the team in losses with a .323 average.