The perennially dominant TCU Horned Frogs
limp into Lubbock this weekend looking to end a season long slump. Yes, their
strength of schedule has been excellent up to this point, but one might argue
that maybe they just aren’t that good this season.
However, the Red Raiders also enter the
weekend on sort of a slide after a series loss last weekend up in West Virginia, followed by a heart breaking 7-6 loss to the New Mexico State Aggies
on a blown 6-4 eighth inning lead.
Even though TCU is on a bit of a slide, Texas Tech knows that they need to come out and protect their home turf against
somewhat of a sleeping giant.
There’s no question that the Frogs will be
gunning for Tech with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
One thing for Texas Tech remains unclear
going forward this weekend, and that is the pitching rotation.
Other than Dominic Moreno getting the nod on
Friday night, Coach Tadlock has kept his pitching rotation for the weekend
under wraps and that is something that will bring the element of surprise to a very
underachieving TCU offense.
When TCU is on their game, they are tough to
beat. In their nine wins this season, they have hit at a .301 clip as well as compile a 1.54 ERA.
However, throughout the entirety of the
season, the Frogs’ offense is batting a mere .244 with only three hitters
hitting above the .300 mark.
To put this in perspective, this offense
appears to be worse than the Longhorn offense we saw just two weeks ago.
And on the flip side, the Frogs’ pitching
staff has compiled a 3.02 ERA and a .232 opponent batting average.
First pitch on Friday night between the Frogs
and the Raiders will be at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox
For those out of town, here are the channel
listings for FCS:
DirecTV: Ch. 617, 623, or 626
Verizon FiOS: Ch.
Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle
Overall Record (9-15, 1-5 Big 12)
-TCU will be completing an 8 game road trip
-TCU has won 11 straight in the series dating
back to 2007.
-TCU’s right-handed ace, Preston Morrison, is
second in the Big 12 in ERA (1.18) behind Texas Tech right-hander Trey Masek