TCU Returns To Conference Play Friday

KEITH ROBINSON

Horned Frogs host Oklahoma State.

Date (Time) Friday: April 12 (6:30 p.m. CT)
Saturday: April 13 (4 p.m. CT)
Sunday: April 14 (1 p.m. CT)
Location Lupton Stadium | Fort Worth, Texas
TV
FCS (Friday); FSSW+ (Saturday; Sunday)
Starting Pitchers
Friday: Preston Morrison vs. Justin Hursh
Saturday: Brandon Finnegan vs. Mark Robinette
Sunday: Andrew Mitchell vs. Tyler Nurdin
Radio Listing KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
Watch Online Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Gametracker Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Game Notes TCU
Twitter Updates Baseball Twitter

TCU will wrap up a nine game homestand this weekend as it returns to Big 12 play. The Horned Frogs will host Oklahoma State for a three-game series beginning Friday night.

TCU NOTABLES

• TCU's losing streak reached three games after a tough 6-3 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday.
Paul Hendrix hit his second home run of the season. It was the eighth of the season for TCU.
Preston Morrison tossed the Frogs' first nine-inning complete game on Friday to earn his fifth win.
• Morrison's 1.19 ERA is tied for the team lead among league starters.
• The Frogs' 3.06 staff ERA is fourth in the league.
• The TCU pitching staff has held opponents to five runs or less in 25 games this season.
Trey Teakell made his sixth appearance out of the bullpen this season. He has not allowed an earned run as a reliever this season, spanning 8 1/3 innings.
Kevin Cron and Keaton Jones have reached base safely in six straight games.

OKLAHOMA STATE NOTABLES
• The Cowboys are ranked in two of the five major polls. They are as high as 22 (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) and as low as 26 (NCBWA).
• Under the direction of a new head coach, the Pokes opened up the season 19-3. Since then, they have gone just 4-5.
• Kansas handed Oklahoma State a 2-1 series loss last weekend.
• Oklahoma State boasts the second best offense in the league with a .302 team batting average.
• Tanner Krietemeier paces the offense with a .369 average and 29 RBIs.
• OSU ranks third in the league with a 2.94 ERA.
• Reliever Vince Wheeland leads the team with six victories in 16 appearances.
• The Pokes rank fourth in the league with 44 stolen bases, led by Gage Green's nine.
• Defensively, Oklahoma State is fielding at a .968 clip with 41 errors.

SERIES NOTABLES
• TCU and Oklahoma State will be meeting on the diamond for the 26th time.
• TCU took a slim 13-12 series lead a year ago after the Horned Frogs took a 2-1 series victory at Lupton last year.
• The Cowboys won the opening game 4-3 in 2012, but TCU responded with a 2-0 win Saturday and a 6-5 extra inning win on Sunday.
• The Horned Frogs are 5-4 against the Cowboys since Jim Schlossnagle took over.
• From 1923-25, TCU and Oklahoma State met on the diamond as conference opponents.

HOME NOTABLES
• TCU opened a nine-game homestand last week.
• Halfway through the homestand, the Frogs are 3-2 with four games to go.
• The Frogs snapped a three-game home losing streak with a 9-5 win over UTPA last Tuesday night.
• The Horned Frogs have an all-time record of 241-87 at home.
• After 18 home games, TCU ranks 11th nationally in attendance, averaging almost 3,600 fans per game.

AT A PREMIUM
Scoring runs continues to be an issue for the Horned Frogs who are averaging just 4.5 per game.

An in-depth look at how TCU scores its runs shows that 65 hits have produced 96 of TCU's 148 runs on the season. Additionally, the Frogs have scored 16 runs via the sacrifice fly, 10 on ground outs, seven on bases loaded walks, three on balks and wild pitches and one on a sacrifice bunt.

TCU has scored six or more runs just 10 times this season and owns a record of 9-1 in those contests. Eleven times, TCU has been held to two or fewer runs.

INSPIRING THE BEST
TCU has had the most success this season with Preston Morrison on the mound. The Frogs are 5-3 in games that he starts. Two of the losses have come late in the game after Morrison had departed.

Morrison is tied with Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray in a trio of categories. Each has started eight games and has tossed 60 1/3 innings en route a league-leading 1.19 ERA. The miniscule ERA is tied for 24th nationally.

The offense has provided more than enought run support for the sophomore as they are hitting .251 and are averaging 4.3 runs per game.

Friday saw Morrison toss his second career complete game. The only blemish on his line was a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning.

On the season, he is limiting opponents to a .202 batting average, has struck out 34 and issued just nine walks.

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