While this 2011 TCU baseball team may have failed to live up to the lofty expectations so far this year, Baseball America has not lost faith in them- putting the Frogs at #11 in their latest Top 25 poll. But as I mentioned yesterday, with an RPI of #37, TCU needs a hot finish to the season- especially in their remaining games against elite teams- to ensure an NCAA Tournament seeding that will give them a shot of advancing. That starts tonight when the Frogs invade Texas A&M's Olsen Field to take on the #6 Aggies.
Andrew Mitchell, the superb freshman who temporarily took over Erik Miller's role as closer, is moving back to the starting rotation this week and will take the mound against A&M. In 15 appearances (and 3 starts) this year, Mitchell has a team-leading 1.24 ERA and is allowing opposing batters to hit just .164 against him. For the Aggies, it'll be Brandon Parrent, a 6'2" sophomore from Flower Mound that'll be making his third start of the year. In his 14 total appearances, Parrent has an opponents' batting average of .267 and carries an ERA of 3.55. I'm a bit confused because gofrogs' preview of the game lists him as a right-hander, while aggieathletics.com says he's a lefty.
TCU will be looking to win their second consecutive game over A&M, but will be going for their first win in College Station since 1994. If you're looking to talk shit to Aggie fans, check out the baseball forum at texags.com. While you're at it, check out the football forum and marvel at the delusion.