Even though a handful of disappointing losses has added a bit of a sour taste to the young season, the 10-6 Horned Frogs need to avoid dwelling on those defeats as they enter the conference season tonight with a 0-0 record. Is there a better place to change your luck than in Vegas? Based on my experiences, yes, but I also figure that our baseball team is better at baseball than I am at guessing my way through the rules at a craps table after 10 beers.
Kyle Winkler, who has been simply dominant so far this year, will again take the mound in the Friday night slot and will be taking on an equally dominant pitcher for the UNLV. Tanner Peters, a sophomore, has the same 4-0 record and perfect 0.00 ERA as Winkler. In 29 innings pitched, Peters has given up just 17 hits, has struck out 32 and walked just 9.
Matt Purke, looking to rebound after his first collegiate loss last weekend, will start Saturday against the Rebels' Joe Robinson (3-0, 4.72) and Steven Maxwell mans his usual Sunday slot against Travis Iodence (3-0, 1.67).
The player to keep an eye on in UNLV's batting order is senior outfielder Rance Roundy. After missing almost all of last year with an injury, Roundy is making up for lost time as he's hitting .461 with 6 home runs and 27 RBI so far this season. Top to bottom, they are raking right now, batting .312 as a team with a total of 26 home runs. By comparison, the Frog order is hitting .289 with 10 homers.
At 16-4 overall, the Rebels would appear to be the main threat to TCU's conference crown as New Mexico (3-13) has take a step back this year. The Frogs have certainly had UNLV's number since Schlossnagle left The Strip for Fort Worth, having won 20 of 22 and 11 straight. I'm hesitant to point that out, though, as UTA ended a long losing streak against TCU on Tuesday after I made note of it. But since no one reads this blog, I think we'll be alright.
Game times for this weekend are 8:00pm tonight and tomorrow night and 1:00pm Sunday. This series will not be televised, but all three games will be on KTCU. If you're like me and don't have an iphone to access KTCU's app (they have one, right?), you can listen to KTCU by dialing 682-233-6382 and can get updates via twitter by following @TCU_Baseball or @FollowtheFrogs.