This picture is fitting because the Rebels ARE leaving Las Vegas, and because...Easter is a drinking holiday?
The Frogs- and Kyle Winkler- will get a chance to avenge one of their most painful losses of the season this weekend as UNLV comes to town for a second three-game series between the two teams. TCU did win the series in Las Vegas, but you know they've got a bad taste in their mouths from UNLV's 5-4 win in the opener of that set on March 18th, when Brandon Bayardi took Wink deep on a 2-2 count in the bottom of the 9th for a walk-off win.
Any loss, and especially one on a walk-off home run, is painful. But one of the most frustrating parts of that particular L is that Winkler had actually outpitched UNLV ace Tanner Peters and the Frogs should've earned a sweep in a series that they otherwise dominated. It'll be Winkler v. Peters II tonight at Lupton, and it's hard to tell who's having a better year:
Winkler: 6-1, 1.42 ERA, 69 K's to 11 walks and an opponents' average of .189
Peters: 6-2, 1.40 ERA, 72 K's to 15 walks and an opponents' average of .192
Translation? There probably won't be a whole lot of runs scored this evening. That likely will not be the case on Friday and Saturday, though, because of the offensive prowess of both teams. TCU is now batting .306 as a team, and it'll be fun to see if Jason Coats can continue his offensive resurgence. Coats now has his average back up above .300 and has been on a tear the past few weeks. The Rebels are hitting .308 as a team, and are led by the afore-mentioned Bayardi, who leads UNLV with 10 home runs, 38 RBI and is one of four regulars hitting .326 or better.
Since these two teams played eachother, the Frogs have gone 14-4 while the Rebels have played .500 ball at 8-8, although they did beat Baylor in Waco on Tuesday. UNLV is now 25-14 overall with an RPI of #76, so winning all three against them would go a long way in helping the Frogs' prepare their postseason resume.