Things did not go well for the Frogs the last time DBU came to town, as the Patriots blasted the TCU pen on their way to a 9-1 victory in Fort Worth. But tonight is a chance at redemption (weather permitting), as Schloss' squad heads to Dallas with revenge on their mind.
For the last few weeks, Jim Schlossnagle has turned to former weekend starter Rex Hill on the bump, and overall, the results have been positive. Hill went 4.1 innings against DBU the last time the two teams met, spreading out six hits and allowing only a single run before turning things over to the bullpen, who subsequently collapsed. He showed improved control, only one walk compared to six strikeouts, and managed to avoid the big inning that had plagued him over the course of his Sunday struggles. It will likely be Hill's game tonight as well, and after a weekend series that stretched the TCU pen to the max, a six inning plus effort could go a long way in resetting the pitching matchups ahead of the weekend series.
For TCU, who saw five differed Patriot pitchers in the first matchup - none of whom went more than three innings, making adjustments on the fly and regaining their plate patience will be the key to getting back on track and avoiding a losing streak. The also need to take advantage of runners in scoring position and do a better job on the basepaths overall. Evan Skoug was the only Frog with a multi hit game in the last matchup, he will need help from the middle of the order tonight, as well as guys to get on base ahead of him to give TCU the chance to put up runs in clumps.
DBU saw two guys hit long balls the last time these two squads met - Martinelli and Wolforth - so keeping things in the ballpark, on a night when the wind may be swirling - will help. Errorless defense, for a team that has struggled up the middle - will also be key.
First pitch is set for 6:00pm. The game will not be broadcast on TV, but is available on the radio via KTCU 88.7.