TCU vs. Texas Tech: Preview and Game Thread

Finnegan is still lights out, but can the Frogs carry the momentum throughout the weekend?

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TCU NOTABLES

  • TCU saw its three game winning streak come to an end with a 9-5 loss at Oklahoma on Tuesday.
  • The Frogs stranded 15 base runners in the loss to Oklahoma, but tallied double-digit hits for the 10th time this season.
  • The Horned Frog pitching staff limited thae Big Green to just two runs in 27 innings pitched.
  • Defensively, the Frogs have not committed an error in the last four games.
  • TCU ranks second in the league in ERA at 2.41.
  • They lead the league in strikeouts with 186 and the fewest walks allowed at 42.
  • Jeremie Fagnantook the team lead, hitting his second home run of the season on Sunday.
  • Boomer WhiteandKevin Cronhave reached base safely in all 20 games this season.
  • White is in the midst of a career-long 11-game hitting streak.
  • Brandon Finnegancontinues to pace the conference in strikeouts with 55. He is tied with Cal Poly's Matt Imhof for the national lead.

TEXAS TECH NOTABLES

  • Texas Tech opened conference play last weekend at Baylor, losing two out of three.
  • The Red Raiders split a midweek series against Stephen F. Austin. They won 20-4 on Tuesday, but dropped a 6-4 decision on Wednesday.
  • Texas Tech jumped out to an 8-1 record. It has winning streak of eight and seven games this season.
  • The Red Raiders are in the top half of the league offensively (.291 average) and ERA (2.90). They lead the pack with a .980 fielding percentage.
  • Eric Gutierrez paces the Red Raiders with a .351 average. He is one of two players (Jake Barrios) to start all 23 games this season.
  • While the Red Raiders lead the league in triples with 13, they rank dead last in stolen bases (10).
  • On the mound, Jonny Drozd leads the team with 11 appearances.
  • Cameron Smith has a team-leading four wins in nine appearances.

SERIES NOTABLES

  • Friday's game will be the 152nd meeting all-time.
  • TCU leads the series 81-69-1.
  • The Frogs are 16-4 against Texas Tech under Schlossnagle.
  • Prior to a game three loss in Lubbock last season, the Frogs has won 13 straight dating back to 2007.
  • TCU took a 2-1 series victory from Texas Tech in Lubbock last season.
  • TCU has a 10-2 all-time record against Texas Tech at Lupton Stadium.
  • The Frogs have won eight straight in Fort Worth dating back to 2005.

THE THREE HEADED MONSTER

TCU boasts one of the most electric group of weekend starters. All three have sub-2.00 ERAs and have helped the Frogs post three shutouts.

As a group, Brandon FinneganPreston Morrison and Tyler Alexander have tossed 100 combined innings and have a collective ERA of 1.62. They have racked up 91 strikeouts while issuing just 14 walks. Opponents are hitting just .219 against the trio.

All three rank in the top 10 in ERA in the Big 12. Morrison's ERA of 1.54 is third in the leage, followed by Alexander in fourth with a 1.59 and Finnegan in eighth at 1.72.

THE CLOSER

Riley Ferrell has been one of the most consistent members of the bullpen since his arrival on campus in 2013.

Ferrell has made 31 appearances over the course of the past two seasons. He has allowed a run in just five of those outings and none in 2014.

The talented sophomore has not allowed a run in eight appearances this season and none in his last 19 apperances dating back to April 7, 2013. The scoreless innings pitched streak stands at 26 innings.

For his career, he his 1-2 with a 1.62 ERA. He has 54 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings pitched.

IMPROVED DEFENSE

After tying their season high with three errors in the loss to Rice last Tuesday, the defense responded with four straight errorless games. Twelve of the 21 errors have allowed a runner to reach base.

Five of TCU's 21 errors have come from the pitching staff. Taking away the miscues on the mound, the Horned Frogs have a .978 fielding percentage.

TCU ranks fifth in the Big 12 with a .973 fielding percentage.

GETTING ON THE BOARD FIRST

The Horned Frogs have scored first in 14 of the first 20 games. When taking the lead, TCU boasts an impressive 11-3 record. The only three losses came against Michigan State and Oklahoma.

Additionally, the Horned Frogs have wasted little time getting out to an early lead as they have picked up a run in the first inning nine times this season. The Frogs are 7-2 in those contests.

STREAKING

Boomer White is in the midst of an impressive streak that has seen him reach base in all 20 games this season. Additionally, he boasts a career-long 11-game hitting streak.

White paces the Frogs with a .388 batting average, a mark that ranks fourth in the Big 12. During his hitting streak, White is hitting .432 (19-for-44). He has six multi-hit games during the streak.

He has been held without a hit just twice this season and leads the squad with a .444 on-base percentage.

The New Guy

Pat was absolutely amazing and I can only hope I'm as half as good as he was. But I'm very happy to take over the baseball stuff and look forward to my first season.

-Marshall

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