Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Frogs continue their seven-game preview of life in the Big 12 tonight when Baylor saunters up I-35 for the second and final scheduled meeting of the two schools this season. First pitch at Lupton Stadium is 6:30pm.
Tonight's game marks the 305th meeting (or 247th if you believe Baylor's SID...but we'll take Mark Cohen's word for it) of the Bears and Frogs, and comes just two weeks after the 304th- a 7-1 Baylor home victory in which a trio of Bear pitchers held the Frogs to just two base hits all night. Tonight it will be sophomore Dillon Newman on the mound for Baylor. The sophomore righty from Belton will be making his first start of the season after accumulating a 6.43 ERA in 4 relief appearances. Opposing hitters are hitting .286 against Newman, but he has recorded 11 strikeouts in just 7 innings pitched.
True freshman and Fort Worth native Brandon Finnegan will make his third career start tonight, and will look to continue the progress he made (albeit in a losing effort) last Tuesday against Texas State. In that game, Finnegan shook off an early run scored by the Bobcats and ended up allowing just 5 total base runners in his 5 innings of work while striking out 8 batters. If his effort tonight looks more like that rather than his first career start (against these same Baylor Bears two weeks ago in Waco: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 runs and just 1 K), he could make a strong argument for being moved into the weekend rotation.
The middle of the order that Finnegan will be facing tonight is anchored by three Bears hitting above .340: sophomore second baseman Lawton Langford, junior first baseman Max Muncy and senior catcher Josh Ludy. Langford went 3-3 in the previous game between these two, but it was really more of a collective effort (9 different Baylor players had base hits) that did in the Frogs.
The Frogs will be without leadoff hitter and early season MVP Kyle Von Tungeln tonight, which means you may see some more of the interesting defensive alignments (such as catcher Josh Elander playing right field and Jason Coats playing in center) that you did in TCU's Sunday afternoon win over Oklahoma State.
Posted by Lyle Lanley at Tuesday, March 06, 2012