Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Home Finale Tonight

The last of TCU's scheduled 33 home baseball games for the 2011 season is tonight when the Frogs take on Oral Roberts at 6:30pm. While they have definitely played their way back into contention for hosting an NCAA Regional, it's not a lock so there's a chance this could be the last chance many of you have to see this team play in person.

Junior Kyle Starratt (0-1, 5.56 ERA) takes the mound for the Frogs, and will be counted on to pitch as long as possible since the main two options out of the bullpen- Trent Appleby and Stefan Crichton- both pitched twice last weekend and this weekend's series starts on Thursday. He'll be pitching against "TBA" for Oral Roberts, who could possibly be an NCAA Tournament opponent of TCU's as they are currently tied for first place in the Summit League.

With a crowd of just over 4,700 tonight- a figure that's not likely for a weeknight game but also not completely out of the question on "let's take advantage of this relatively cool weather while it lasts" kind of May night, would get the Frogs' season turnstile count to 140,000. The previous season record of just over 80,000, set last year, was broken during the first weekend in April. The top eleven most-attended games in Lupton Stadium history were played in 2011, topped by the crowd of over 6,000 that attended the season-opener against Kansas. Of the top 40 most-attended games, 32 of them were this year!

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