TCU Wraps Up Four Game Road Swing At Oklahoma
May 14, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATIONTCU @ Oklahoma
|Dates (Time)|| Tuesday, May 15 (6:30 p.m.)
|Location||L. Dale Mitchell Ballpark | Norman, Okla.|
| Starting Pitchers
Brandon Finnegan vs. Dillon Overton
|Television||Fox College Sports|
|Radio||KTCU 88.7 FM|
|Game Notes||TCU | Oklahoma|
|Social Media||Facebook | Twitter|
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU baseball team will wrap up a four-game road trip Tuesday night when they head to Oklahoma for a midweek contest. Game time against the Sooners is set for 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on Fox College Sports.
The Horned Frogs have won 18 of their last 21 games following a sweep of Air Force this past weekend.
TCU stands alone atop the conference standings with a 16-5 record. It has a one-game lead over New Mexico.
The Frogs outscored Air Force 33-3 over the weekend.
Jason Coats tallied his 300th career hit and 200th career RBI on Sunday.
Preston Morrison improved to a team-best 8-0. The Frogs are 6-0 in games he starts this season.
Brance Rivera tallied his second career multiple home run game on Satruday.
Andrew Mitchell has not allowed a run in his last 12 1/3 innings pitched.
Derek Odell has hit safely in seven straight games.
Al Ralston picked up his first career hit on Saturday.
Rivera, Josh Elander and Coats hit back-to-back-to-back home runs on Saturday.
The Frogs have recorded double-digit hits in each of the last three games.
The Sooners swept No. 2 Baylor in Norman this weekend, handing the Bears their first three conference losses of the season.
Oklahoma swept a doubleheader on Saturday, winning a pair of one-run ballgames.
Erik Ross provided the walk-off single in game one in the 10th inning against the Bears.
21 of the Sooners 33 victories on the year have come at home.
Max White is the top offensive threat, hittin g.344 with 50 RBIs.
Hunter Lockwood leads the team with nine home runs.
Erik Ross provides the speed on the bases with 14 stolen bases.
Oklahoma has notched six shutouts this season.
Jordan John leads the pitching staff with eight wins and four saves.
TCU and Oklahoma will be meeting for the 89th time on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma holds a 62-36 lead in the series.
TCU ended an eight-game losing streak to Oklahoma earlier this season with a 4-3 walk-off victory in Fort Worth. Derek Odell provided the game-winning hit.
The Frogs have not won a game against Oklahoma in Norman since June 2, 2006
The Frogs are 2-8 in Norman under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
Jason Coats made history on Sunday afternoon as he joined Royce Huffman as the only two Horned Frogs in school history to have 300 hits and 200 RBIs. Coats has made a steady trek up the career charts this season.
He is the all-time leader in doubles with 67 and at-bats with 893. He ranks second all-time in hits (301), RBIs (200) and total bases (491). Additionally, he ranks third with 191 runs scored and is tied for fifth with 12 triples. With one more home run, he will move into a tie for fifth all-time.
The Horned Frogs exploded for 33 runs over the weekend as they swept the Falcons to move into first place in the league. Out of those 33 runs, 25 of them came with two outs in the inning.
On the season, the Horned Frogs have pushed across 117 of their 261 (45%) total runs scored with two outs. As a team, the Frogs are hitting .285 with two outs. Jason Coats leads the team with 19 two-out RBIs. TCU has allowed 72 of 169 (43%) runs allowed to score with two outs.
Opponents are hitting .237 against the Frog pitching staff with two outs.
The TCU pitching staff has allowed more than five runs in a game twice since April 5, a span of 21 games. On the season, the Horned Frog pitching staff has allowed five or less runs in 38 games. Even more impressive is that in 23 games, the Frogs have allowed two or less runs. The bullpen has held opponents scoreless in 23 of 48 games and hasn't allowed an earned run in 27 of 48 games.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Frogs hit the road for the final time in the regular season. It'll be just the 20th game played away from home this season.
On the year, the Frogs are 11-8 away from Lupton Stadium. Jason Coats has been the most productive Frog away from home with a .390 aveage and 27 RBIs. The Frogs are averagin 6.7 runs per game and are hitting at a .273 clip.
On the mound, Preston Morrison leads the way with three victories to go along with his miniscule 0.94 ERA. On the whole, the staff has a 3.53 ERA.
One of the trends of the previous eight Jim Schlossnagle-coached teams is late-season surges. Over the course of his tenure at TCU, he has racked up 380 victories. 221 of those wins have come in April and May. Schlossnagle owns a .767 (221-61) winning percentage in the final two months of the regular season.
Since the calendar flipped over to April this season, the Horned Frogs are 18-6, including a 6-1 mark in the month of May.
On Saturday, the trio of Brance Rivera, Josh Elander and Jason Coats hit three consecutive home runs to help the Frogs to a 17-2 win over Air Force. It was the first time since March 28, 2010 that a trio of Horned Frogs went back-to-back-to-back home runs. On that afternoon in 2010, the trio of Jerome Pena, Bryan Holaday and Matt Curry hit three straight home runs against Air Force in Colorado.