Dallas Baptist Preview and Game Thread

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Frogs look to ride the momentum from the weekend

Original Content via GoFrogs.com

TCU NOTABLES

• The Horned Frogs made history this weekend with its first-ever Big 12 sweep. • TCU handed West Virginia three losses and moved into a tie for third in the Big 12 standings.
Preston Morrison (Pitcher) and Derek Odell (Player) earned Big 12 weekly honors.
• Morrison tossed his second career one-hitter and the 19th in school history.
• Odell led the Horned Frogs with a .643 average in four games last week.
• TCU scored its second win of the season when trailing after eight innings. The Frogs scored three times in the ninth on Friday to win 4-3.
Boomer White raised his average to .376 on the season, ranking second in the Big 12.
Brandon Finnegan is one of just two pitchers nationally with 80 strikeouts (Cal Poly's Matt Imhof has 81).
• The TCU pitching staff allowed just four runs on 12 hits in the three games against West Virginia.
• TCU has issued the fewest walks in the Big 12 (77)and struck out the most batters (287).

DALLAS BAPTIST NOTABLES

• Dallas Baptist saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Illinois State on Sunday.
• The Patriots are 14-4 in the last 18 games heading into Tuesday. They boast a 12-3 record at home.
• Dallas Baptist has a potent offense that averages 7.1 runs per game. 
• As a group, they are hitting .263 led by David Martinelli's .318 average.
• The contributions come from the entire lineup as all nine regular starters have at least 12 RBIs.
• The Patriots are no stranger to close games as they have a combined 11 saves.
• On the mound, DBU has a 2.87 ERA and is limiting opponents to a .241 average.
• Brandon Koch is the go-to guy out of the bullpen with 15 appearances. He is 3-0 with four saves and a 0.92 ERA.
• As a team, they have a .969 fielding percentage with 37 errors.

SERIES NOTABLES

• TCU and Dallas Baptist are meeting for the 64th time in program history.
• The Frogs hold a 40-23 lead in the all-time series.
• 2014 marks the 11th straight season that the two programs have met on the diamond.
• The Horned Frogs won a 15-inning game, 5-4, at Lupton Stadium in the first meeting this season.
• TCU has lost six of the last eight games against DBU dating back to 2009.
• TCU is 3-2 at Patriot Field under head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

AN HISTORICAL WEEKEND

The Horned Frogs made history over the weekend as they notched their first-ever Big 12 series sweep. History was made at the expense of the West Virginia Mountaineers. TCU is 6-5 in Big 12 series since joining the league last season.

TCU excelled in all three phases of the game to earn the sweep. Offensively, the Frogs hit .343. On the mound, the pitching staff held the Mountaineers to four runs on 12 hits the entire weekend. Defensively, the Frogs committed just two errors for a .982 fielding percentage.

It was the first sweep for the Horned Frogs since the 2012 season when the Horned Frogs swept Air Force May 11-13.

THE ONE-HIT WONDER

Preston Morrison did something no other Horned Frog has done in the history of the program. For the second time in his career, Morrison tossed a nine-inning one-hitter. Morrison pitched the last two one-hitters for TCU. His last one came on May 19, 2012 against San Diego State.

It was the 18th one-hitter in school history and just the seventh nine-inning one-hitter. Thirteen of the 18 were accomplished by just one pitcher. No pitcher took part in more than one one-hitter.

ON A TEAR

Derek Odell is in the midst of a six game hitting streak that has seen him raise his batting average 77 points from .253 to .330. The junior is hitting .619 (13-for-21) with nine runs scored during the streak with five multi-hit games.

Even more impressive is his .704 on-base percentage during the streak. He reached base in 19-of-28 plate appearances.

THE FLIP TO APRIL

TCU is off to a 4-0 start in the month of April. The Horned Frogs are no strangers to heating up at the right time as they boast a 136-45 record in the month of April under the guidance of head coach Jim Schlossnagle.

In four games this month, the Horned Frogs have seen their batting average climb from .270 to .278. The Frogs have tallied 10 or more hits in all four games.

On the mound, the staff has lowered its ERA from 2.98 to 2.82. They have been touched for just 10 runs in 36 innings. Opponents are hitting just .183 this month.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

The Horned Frogs will play eight of their next nine games away from Lupton Stadium. TCU is 3-4 in true road games this season.

They have been outscored 36-32 away from home and are hitting just .264 with eight doubles and two home runs.

Derek Odell is TCU's best hitter away from home with a .440 average. He leads the squad with 11 hits, eight runs scored and five RBIs.

The pitching staff has posted a 4.22 ERA with 56 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting .289 against the group.

Jordan Kipper has made two starts as part of three appearances on the road. He is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA. Defensively, the group has a .960 fielding percentage with 11 errors.

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