Monday, April 30, 2012

Bats wake up, big week ahead

After getting by Manhattan 2-1 on Friday night in a game where the Frogs somehow created a victory out of 4 base hits in 10 innings, the offense finally came out of their season-long slumber on Saturday and Sunday- completing the sweep of the Jaspers with wins of 12-5 and 11-0.  In those two games, they collected a total of 29 base hits and raised their team batting average 9 points up to .253.  The three wins improve the Frogs' record to 26-15 on the year and got coach Jim Schlossnagle across the 450-win plateau for his career.

The sweep also gives TCU some much-needed momentum as they enter a pivotal week of games to be played at Lupton.  On Tuesday they play host to Oklahoma, a team that has absolutely had the Frogs' number recently.  The Sooners, 28-16 overall and 58th in the latest RPI rankings, have beaten TCU eight straight times dating back to 2007.  Getting that monkey off their back and an RPI-boosting win on Tuesday would be a major score for this young team.

As big as the OU game is in regard to confidence and possible NCAA seeding, this weekend's home series against New Mexico could make or break TCU's chances of winning a 7th consecutive MWC regular season title.  The Lobos, who took 2 of 3 from the Frogs in Albuquerque in late March, currently hold a one-game lead over TCU in the conference standings.  Both teams are 5-1 in games against the teams they have remaining on the conference slate after this series, so the conference crown could be decided in Fort Worth this weekend.

Coach Schlossnagle has his monthly radio show tonight on KTCU, live from Buffalo Brothers.  If you get a chance to listen, please share any newsworthy comments he makes in our comments section.  He pulled Stefan Crichton early in yesterday's game against Manhattan, so perhaps Crichton will be available to toss a few innings against the Sooners tomorrow night.

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