All three games are scheduled to feature pitching rematches from the first series, starting with tonight's series opener (first pitch: 6:30pm) when TCU sophomore Stefan Crichton faces UNLV senior Joe Robinson. In their first meeting, a 5-2 TCU victory, both Crichton and Robinson looked solid in 7 innings of work. Crichton gave up 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 6 and only walking 1, while Robinson gave up 5 runs on 8 hits to go along with 5 K's and 1 walk. The Frogs benefited from scoring a run on an error and another on a passed ball, so this one could go either way this time around. Crichton needs to rebound from his sub-par start last week at New Mexico.
Saturday will have TCU sophomore Andrew Mitchell matching up once again with UNLV freshman lefty Zac Qualls. Mitchell lasted 4⅓ innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. Qualls pitched 5 full frames, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits while both striking out and walking 4 TCU batters. The big damage in this 10-2 TCU win was done when Jason Coats homered twice off of UNLV reliever Mark Shannon, while TCU relievers Preston Morrison and Chris Murphy combined to toss 4⅔ scoreless innings.
Sunday will match two true freshmen facing each other for the second time. Two weeks ago, Horned Frog lefty Brandon Finnegan gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 4⅔ innings of work. His counterpart from UNLV, Erick Fedde, worked 5 frames and gave up 4 runs- all of them unearned. On the day, the Rebels committed 6 errors, a defensive effort that didn't provide much help for a bullpen that then gave up 11 more runs.
Offensively, the Frogs will look to improve on their team season batting average of .249 against a team that surrendered 30 base hits in three games two weeks ago- and this time with Jantzen Witte and Kevin Cron in the lineup. Kyle Von Tungeln feasted on UNLV pitchers the most in the first series, going 7-11 with a walk, a double, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Davy Wright and Brance Rivera each had 5 hits for the weekend.
Good news for those of you that can't make it out to Lupton- all three games will have live streaming video on gofrogs.com, and of course you can always hear all of the action on KTCU or receive updates via twitter by following @TCU_Baseball or @FollowtheFrogs.