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Weekend Preview & Series Thread: The Kleberg Bank Classic

The 19th ranked TCU Horned Frogs will play six of their next seven games away from home beginning Friday at the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Frogs will play BYU, TAMU-CC and UTSA this weekend.

Preston Morrison - TCU Baseball
Preston Morrison - TCU Baseball
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Head Coach Jim Schlossnagle is three wins away from his 500th career victory, a milestone that could come this weekend. Brandon Finnegan is coming off a strong start to the season as he was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Jacksonville on opening night. Ty Slanina made his baseball debut Tuesday. He's the first Horned Frog to play both football and baseball in the same season since Chad Huffman (2004-06).

With his start at third base Tuesday, Derek Odell has now started a game every position on the infield in his TCU career. Boomer White hit TCU's first home run of the season. Cody Jones stole a career-high three bases in the game. He is the first Frog since Keaton Jones stole three bases against Manhattan in 2012. On the season, he is 5-for-5. Kevin Cron has four hits this season, all four of which have gone for extra bases. Along with the seven Horned Frogs who debuted last weekend, four more (Jordan Kipper, Brian Howard, Ty Slanina and Walker Pennington) also made their TCU debuts on Tuesday.

The TCU pitching staff has a 10.25 K:BB ratio this season. The Frogs' 41 strikeouts lead the Big 12 as does their 0.75 ERA.

TCU is playing in the Corpus Christi tournament for the third time (2006, 2007). The Frogs are 2-4 at Whataburger Field. The only two wins for the Horned Frogs are against the host school. The Frogs have faced Rice twice, Arizona State and Texas Tech.

TCU and BYU will renew rivalries in TCU's first game of the season. The two schools were conference foes in two different conferences (WAC - 1998-99; MWC - 2006-11). The Frogs are 29-6 all-time against BYU, including 25-4 under Coach Schlossnagle.

TCU and TAMU-Corpus Christi are meeting for the first time since the 2009 season when the Frogs hosted the Islanders in a mid-week series April 21-22. The Islanders are under the direction of former Horned Frog All-American and TCU Hall of Fame member Scott Malone. TCU is 6-0 all-time against the Islanders. All six meetings have come under the guidance of Schlossnagle.

The Horned Frogs and the Roadrunners are meeting up for just the 11th time in program history. TCU is 8-2 all-time against UTSA. In their last meeting, the Frogs needed 12 innings to defeat the Roadrunners 7-3 in San Antonio on March 13, 2012. TCU has played UTSA just twice since Schlossnagle took over in 2004.

Cody Jones got off to a blistering start in 2014. The junior ranks second on the team with five hits, including a pair of multi-hit games Friday and Sunday. He boasts a .357 average (5-for-14), four runs scored and a double.

In addition to his prowess at the plate, Jones flashed his speed on the bases. He is a perfect 5-for-5 in steals. Dating back to last season, he has stolen 11 straight bases successfully. For his career, Jones is 18-for-22.

Eleven Horned Frogs made their TCU debuts in the opening. Seven hitters at the plate and four pitchers on the mound got their first taste of playing baseball at TCU.

On the mound, Tyler Alexander, Brian Howard, Jordan Kipper and Brian Trieglaff pitched in their first collegiate games.

At the plate, the Frogs saw the beginning of five careers. Making their debuts were Garrett Crain, Connor Castellano, Jeremie Fagnan, Dylan Delso, Ty Slanina, Walker Pennington and Will Fox.

Freshman Ty Slanina is looking to do something this spring that hasn't been done since 2006 - be a baseball and football player at TCU.

Chad Huffman played both football and baseball from 2004-06 when he hung up the football pads in favor of professional baseball.

Slanina played wide receiver as a true freshman this past fall. He was integral part of the receiving corps, playing in all 12 games. Slanina recorded 26 catches for 204 yards, an average of 15.3 yards per game.

The Horned Frogs did a solid job of keeping innings alive with two outs over the weekend and more often than not, the effort result in runs. 10 of the 20 runs scored by the Horned Frogs came with two outs in the inning.

Jerrick Suiter ranks second on the team with three RBIs this season, all of them coming with two outs. TCU is hitting .279 as a team with two outs this season. The Frogs have gone down in order in just six of the 33 innings they've been on offense.

Last season, the Horned Frogs tallied only 88 two-out RBIs on the season and hit just .231 as a team with two outs.

The offense totaled 34 hits in the first four games, an average of 8.5 per game. Of the 34 hits, 10 went for extra bases.

Kevin Cron leads the way with four doubles, while Cody Jones, Boomer White, Jerrick Suiter and Keaton Jones also collected a double over the weekend.

Boomer White holds the distinction of hitting the first home run of the season for the Frogs, while Derek Odell collected TCU's first triple of the season.

In Tuesday's win over Northern Colorado the Horned Frogs tied a school record with four hit batters. It's the fifth time in school history that four Frogs have been hit in a game and the first since the 2012 season. Kevin Cron leads the way with three bruises.