Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TCU-OU preview

The biggest week of the 2012 season gets underway tonight when the Frogs play host to future Big 12 rival Oklahoma at Lupton for a midweek game that is important for both teams.  Coming into tonight's match up, TCU has an RPI of #41 while the Sooners rank 58th in that regard.  Both are trying to improve their postseason resumes, and a win tonight would be a major boost.

There's more motivation for TCU, though, beyond just bolstering their RPI and NCAA seeding potential.  Simply put, the Sooners have owned the Frogs lately.  OU has won eight straight games against the Frogs, dating back to 2007.  Think of all of the great things that Jason Coats and the team have accomplished in his time in Fort Worth...and yet beating OU still eludes him.  He and the team will have another shot at the Sooners two weeks from now up in Norman, but it'd be nice to see them get that monkey off their back at home tonight.

Freshman lefty Brandon Finnegan takes the mound for TCU tonight toting a 15-inning scoreless streak.  He pitched well against A&M last Tuesday (though the Frogs lost) and is beginning to show the impressive stuff that had Schlossnagle singing his praises in the fall.  Stefan Crichton may also be an option out of the bullpen- he was pulled early in Sunday's blowout win over Manhattan after having pitched just three innings.

OU head coach Sunny Golloway hasn't yet named a starter for tonight, but a few likely candidates include sophomore lefty Dillon Overton (5-2, 3.74) and the impressively-named sophomore right-hander Damien Magnifico (1-1, 3.47). 

Offensively, the Sooners are hitting .273 as a team, led by junior third baseman Max White's .365 and 46 RBI.  They've also blasted 23 home runs on the year, led by 9 from freshman catcher/DH (and LD Bell graduate) Hunter Lockwood. 

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