Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Frogs go for 10 straight tonight

Three weeks ago, a quartet of Texas State pitchers stymied the Horned Frog batting order, allowing just six total base runners in a 1-0 Bobcat victory that was part of a four-game losing streak that left TCU with an ugly 2-6 record through the first eight games of the season. The Frogs have gained momentum recently, though, and have won nine consecutive games leading into their rematch with Texas State tonight at 6:30 in San Marcos.

Redshirt freshman Trey Teakell is set to take the mound for the Frogs tonight- having recently been replaced in the weekend rotation by Brandon Finnegan, who started in the previous game against the Bobcats. This will be Teakell's third start of the season- and if TCU's win streak is to hit double-digits, they'll need him to improve upon his performance in his first two. On February 26th at Cal State Fullerton, he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in 3 innings of work. Against Oklahoma State on March 4th, he lasted only 3 innings again, giving up 4 runs (2 of them earned) on 7 hits. Having a dependable 4th starter will be very important for this team in the postseason, so hopefully tonight is the beginning of Teakell firmly establishing his place in that role.

As of early afternoon, we still do not know who will be starting for Texas State this evening. Senior Mitchell Pitts was phenomenal in the February 28th game against TCU, striking out eight and allowing just one base hit in six scoreless innings. He hasn't pitched in two weeks, though- presumably because of elbow stiffness. Junior lefty Colton Turner, the Bobcat ace, also missed his last start with an unspecified malady. The other three Bobcats that have started games this year all threw 90+ pitches in starts this weekend- so unless one of the guys on the mend comes back tonight, you might see Texas State pitch by committee. That's usually a mouth-watering phrase for batters to hear, but the Bobcats have a 2.07 team ERA- and, as mentioned previously, they've already shut TCU out this year so I doubt the Frogs will be taking them lightly.

Good news for those of you wanting, like me, to watch the game. Texas State's athletic website will be streaming live video of the contest- you can click here to watch it. You can also listen to KTCU's radio broadcast of the game, follow along via gametracker or by following @TCU_Baseball on twitter.


Lyle Lanley said...

According to the twittersphere, Taylor Black will be starting for the Bobcats tonight.

He's a redshirt freshman from Allen, and this will not only be his first career start- it will be his first appearance as a collegiate pitcher.

THEFINCH said...

We want 10! I look forward to watching it

VikingFrog said...

Muser Magic

65frog said...

No longer any valid excuses! Do it.