TCU at Rice: Preview & Game Thread

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The TCU baseball team hits the road for a big Tuesday night contest against No. 15 Rice. The Horned Frogs will look to avenge a 1-0 loss from earlier this season at 6:30 Tuesday. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports.

(This story is original content from GoFrogs.com)

No. 30 TCU (9-6) vs. No. 15 Rice (10-6)

Date (Time) Tuesday: March 11 (6:30 p.m. CT)
Location Reckling Park | Houston, Texas
TV
Tuesday: FCS
Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: Jordan Kipper vs. Chase McDowell
Radio Listing KTCU 88.7 FM
Radio Talent Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play)
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Gametracker Tuesday
Game Notes Game Notes
Twitter Updates Baseball Twitter

TCU NOTABLES
• TCU avoided a sweep with a 6-2 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.
• After starting the season 6-1, TCU is just 3-5 in its last eight games.
Jeremie Fagnan hit his first home run in a TCU uniform on Sunday.
Boomer White and Kevin Cron have reached base safely in all 15 games played this season.
• White has a team-leading six game winning streak.
• The Horned Frog pitching staff ranks third in the league with a 2.25 ERA.
• TCU leads the league with 140 strikeouts. 
Brandon Finnegan posted double-digit strikeouts for the third time this season, fanning 12 on Friday.
• Finnegan and Preston Morrison have two of the league's four complete games.
Cody Jones recorded his league-leading 12th stolen base over the weekend.
• TCU is third in the league with 27 stolen bases on the season.

RICE NOTABLES
• Rice opened Conference USA play over the weekend, hosting Old Dominion. The Owls went 2-1 in the series.
• The Owls are 4-4 in their last eight games after opening the season 6-2 with a series win at Stanford and a sweep of Purdue.
• Rice is no stranger to close games as eight of 16 games played this season have been decided by two runs or less. The Owls are 3-2 in one-run games and 1-2 in games decided by two runs.
• The Owls have played in three extra-inning games and hold a 2-1 mark in those contests.
• Skyler Ewing is the go-to guy offensively, leading the Owls in batting average (.323), home runs (three) and RBIs (19).
• Rice shines defensively with just nine errors on the season for a .986 fielding percentage.
• On the mound, the Owls boast a 2.25 ERA and are holding opponents to a .209 batting average.
• Rice has had seven different pitchers start a game this season.

SERIES NOTABLES
• Tuesday marks the second meeting of the season between TCU and Rice.
• The Owls won the previous meeting 1-0 at the Houston College Classic.
• Rice has won nine straight dating back to the 2005 season.
• TCU is making its first appearance at Reckling Park since the 2007 NCAA Houston Regional.
• The Frogs are 1-4 against the Owls at Reckling Park under Jim Schlossnagle.

ROAD NOTABLES
• Despite playing six games away from Lupton Stadium this season, TCU will be playing just its second true road game of the season.
• TCU will play 17 road games this season and six games at a neutral site.
• TCU holds a record of 146-93 in road games under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.
• TCU is 4-2 away from Lupton Stadium this season, including 1-0 in road games.

FREE PASSES
TCU has done a solid job of finding a way on base this season. The Frogs have a .358 on-base percentage as a team. Four Horned Frogs have a .414 on-base percentage or better led by Boomer White's .435.

The Frogs have drawn 62 walks and been hit by the pitch 19 times. Cody Jones leads the way with 13 walks, whileKevin Cron has been hit by the pitch six times.

GETTING ON THE BOARD FIRST
The Horned Frogs have scored first in 10 of the first 15 games. With the exception of this past weekend in which they dropped two games when they had scored first, TCU had won the first seven games in which it scored first. The Frogs are 8-2 when scoring first this season.

LEADER OF THE PACK
Since arriving on campus, Boomer White has done nothing but lead by examples. En route to a Freshman All-American campaign, White paced the Horned Frog offense with a .314 batting average.

He has picked up where he left off last season, leading TCU with a .367 batting average. He has reached base safely in all 15 games this season and boasts a team-leading .435 on-base percentage. White has been held without a hit just twice this season and is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .416 (10-for-24).

LOCKING IT DOWN
TCU has a solid group in the bullpen to close out games. Seven pitchers have been used in relief this season.

As a group, they have a 1.72 ERA in 47 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .185 against them. They boast a 3:1 (60:20) K:BB ratio. They have held opponents scoreless in eight of 13 games that they have pitched.

Riley Ferrell has not allowed a run in 10.1 innings pitched the season and is tied for the bullpen lead with 14 strikeouts.

Alex Young has turned in three straight scoreless outings and has not allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings pitched.

Over the last four contests, the bullpen has surrendered just one unearned run spanning 22.1 innings pitched.

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