Friday, March 30, 2012

TCU-UNLV preview

The beginning of a season-long twelve game home stand couldn't come at a better time, as the Frogs wrapped up their recent road swing by dropping four of their past five ballgames. They'll look to improve on their 12-10 overall record and 4-2 conference mark this weekend when they host UNLV, who they swept in Las Vegas two weeks ago, in what should be three days of glorious weather at Lupton.

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, and of course you can always hear all of the action on KTCU or receive updates via twitter by following @TCU_Baseball or @FollowtheFrogs.

Big sale at The Varsity

You know how every time there's a TCU game when it's cold outside and you show up looking like a dork in some olive-green jacket that's way too big and smells like moth balls? And you're jealous of everyone who had the foresight to buy an awesome-looking TCU jacket so that they can display their Frog pride in all climates?

Well you're in luck, because our friends at The Varsity have put all of their TCU jackets and sweaters on sale. Today and tomorrow, all cold-weather gear is 30% off. So stop on by their store at 3515 Bluebonnet Circle or shop online at and get yourself something for next fall & winter.

Also, as they do every Friday, they are running a "Free Money Friday" promotion on their facebook page. All you have to do is comment or "like" on their latest post, and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate. The more people that enter, the more winners there will be.

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