Monday, April 23, 2012

TCU-San Diego State recap

I couldn't find a photo from the series, so this one will have to do

The rebound that TCU has been on in the second half of the season continued with this weekend, despite the Frogs having a second win streak snapped at nine game.  The 2-1 series win over San Diego State came on the same field that the MWC Tournament will be played on in May.  Now that they've improved their overall record to 23-14 and seen their RPI continue to inch forward, that tournament may not be the difference between another NCAA Tournament berth and sitting home- but that will depend on how they can close out the regular season, starting with a very important non-conference game against A&M tomorrow night at Lupton.

 Neither Andrew Mitchell nor Stefan Crichton had their strongest outings of the season, but there is still good news in the starting pitching rotation.  As the weeks go on it becomes more and more apparent that Preston Morrison is the best newcomer on this year's team.  In Saturday's win, Morrison tossed 7 full innings, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 7 while not walking a batter.  For the season, he is now 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA with the second-most innings pitched on the team.  Opposing batters are hitting just .197 against him, and he has walked just 6 batters all season- compared with 40 strike outs.

Offensively, the Frogs hammered out 27 hits over the weekend (7 of them for extra bases) to improve their team batting average just a bit up to .249.  They were led by senior Jason Coats, who went 6-for-13 on the weekend with 2 doubles and 4 total runs batted in- at least one in all three contests.

Up next is a sold-out Tuesday night home game against Texas A&M, who comes in with a record of 28-12 and an RPI of #18- meaning the Frogs can earn some much-needed respect from both the computers and human poll voters with a win over the Aggies.