Baseball Preview: TCU

Justin Laney previews the Red Raiders three-game set with the Horned Frogs this weekend.

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 College Sports.

 

For those out of town, here are the channel listings for FCS:

 

DirecTV: Ch. 617, 623, or 626

Verizon FiOS: Ch. 301

AT&T Uverse: Ch. 648

 

TCU NOTES

Head Coach: Jim Schlossnagle

Overall Record (9-15, 1-5 Big 12)

 

-TCU will be completing an 8 game road trip this weekend.

-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 (0.22)

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