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Preview & Series Thread: TCU vs. Texas Tech

It’s the Frogs. The Horned Frogs.

Series Details

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (34-14, 14-7)
Bad Guys: TCU Horned Frogs (28-22, 10-12)
When to Watch: Thursday, May 16th – Saturday, May 18th
Where to Watch: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: 5/16: FSSW; 5/17: FSSW+; 5/18: ESPNU
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
Game Notes: Preview | PDF
Live Stats: SideArm Stats
Weather:

Here we go. I think you guys have all figured out who needs to win and lose and I haven’t put the mental fortitude into considering all of the option except that Texas Tech probably needs to win their games and Baylor needs to lose.

Baylor 14-6
Texas Tech 14-7
Oklahoma State 12-9
West Virginia 13-11
TCU 10-11
Oklahoma 9-12
Kansas 9-12
Kansas State 8-13
Texas 6-14

This TCU is normally a huge series and it is one where TCU is normally much better than their record indicates. TCU lost the series to Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Baylor (swept) with series wins against Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kansas. The Horned Frogs are 28-22 overall, 16-11 at home, and 8-8 away. I haven’t paid enough attention as to how or why TCU has struggled and if I had to guess, it’s probably the bullpen and the fielding appears to be an issue as well.

Let’s just win some games.

News, News, News, News

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – No. 10 Red Raiders prep for TCU in regular season ending series:

The No. 10 Red Raiders welcome TCU for a key three-game conference series, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park and set to be televised on FOX Sports Southwest. The second and third games are also scheduled to have 6:30 p.m. first pitches and be on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and ESPNU, respectively.

“Going for another title. So it means everything, honestly,” Texas Tech junior Josh Jung said when asked what the TCU series means to him. “We have a chance to bring it home, again, a Big 12 title to Lubbock. So it’s going to be a little bit louder, it’s going to be a little more enthusiastic. Just can’t wait to get it started.”

Texas Tech (34-14, 14-7), winners of their last five games, will look to continue that hot streak after a short break to complete finals. In addition, the Red Raiders will honor first baseman Cameron Warren — the lone senior on the squad.

“It’s going to be special. I’m by myself, I’ll be a little lonely out there,” Warren said, cracking a smile, before mentioning his mother, sister and grandfather would travel to Lubbock. “A little shorter than most years senior nights. It’ll be fun. It’s been a special three years here.”

Team Stats

Texas Tech Red Raiders TCU Horned Frogs
avg .307 .294
slg% .480 .448
ob% .414 .395
ERA 4.17 4.26
Oavg .258 .263
SO/9 9.06 9.21
BB/9 4.30 3.66
fld% .976 .962

Key Hitter Stats

Key Texas Tech Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Josh Jung .338 .592 .478 .975
OF/INF Gabe Holt .317 .421 .408 .940
1B Cameron Warren .325 .619 .429 .995
INF Brian Klein .355 .464 .460 .982
DH Cole Stilwell .301 .437 .433 1.000
OF Dylan Neuse .335 .602 .463 .988
Key TCU Hitters avg slg% ob% fld%
INF Jake Guenther .362 .582 .484 .980
OF Josh Watson .316 .510 .429 .985
OF Johnny Rizer .316 .542 .385 .993
INF Austin Henry .296 .418 .389 .950
INF Conner Shepherd .286 .450 .382 .945
C Alex Isola .276 .406 .388 .982

Probable Starters and Game Recaps

Game 1 – Thursday, May 16th @ 6:30 p.m. (FSSW)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Micah Dallas (4-0, 4.12) vs. TCU’s LHP Nick Lodolo (6-4, 2.39)
Final Score: TCU 3, Texas Tech 1
Winning Pitcher: D. Brown (1-0); S: Mihlbauer (1)
Losing Pitcher: John McMillon (2-3)
Key Hitters: Cameron Warren 3-5; Gabe Holt 2-7; Cody Masters 2-3, 1 RBI
Links: Recap | Box Score

Runs were at a premium Thursday night as No. 8 Texas Tech baseball and TCU took a scoreless game into the 11th and a 1-1 game into the 14th before the Horned Frogs came away with a 3-1 victory to open the three-game series in front of more than 4,000 fans at Rip Griffin Park.

A two-run double with the bases loaded in the top of the 14th allowed TCU (29-22, 11-11) to edge out the Red Raiders (34-15, 14-8), who missed an opportunity to overtake Baylor at the top of the Big 12 standings with two games remaining. It was the first time Tech has played to 14 innings since playing 16 against Abilene Christian in 2015.

An odd sequence in the top of the eleventh allowed the Horned Frogs to get on the board first. TCU had a runner at first who attempted to swipe second, and as the throw went down it bounced off the glove of junior shortstop Josh Jung and rolled into right field to allow the runner to reach third. With two away, reliever John McMillon appeared to end the inning with a swinging third strike, but catcher Braxton Fulford lost his footing as he attempted the throw to first and the man at third scored.

Game 2 – Friday, May 17th @ 6:30 p.m. (FSSW+)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Caleb Kilian (7-2, 4.18) vs. TCU’s RHP Charles King (4-2, 3.14)
Final Score: Texas Tech 7, TCU 2
Winning Pitcher: Caleb Kilian (8-2)
Losing Pitcher: Charles King (4-3)
Key Hitters: Gabe Holt 3-5, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI; Brian Klien 3-3, 2 RBI; Kurt Wilson 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI; Kelly Parker 1-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI; Braxton Fulford 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Links: Recap | Box Score

Junior right-hander Caleb Kilian threw seven strong innings and the bats jumped out to a fast start to fuel No. 8 Texas Tech baseball to a 7-2 win against TCU on Friday night at Rip Griffin Park. The win evens the series with Horned Frogs (29-23, 11-12) and moves the Red Raiders (35-15, 15-8) into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 standings with one game remaining.

Sophomore outfielder Gabe Holt led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot, while Kurt Wilson and Parker Kelly hit back-to-back shots in the fourth to push the Red Raiders to a 5-1 lead through four.

That would prove more than enough for Kilian (8-2), who struck out seven on his way to his eighth win of the season. The Flower Mound, Texas, native has been victorious in eight of his last nine starts, including seven of his eight league outings.

Game 3 – Saturday, May 18th @ 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Probable Starters: Texas Tech’s RHP Bryce Bonnin (4-1, 4.78) vs. TCU’s LHP Brandon Williamson (3-4, 4.21)
Final Score: Texas Tech 8, TCU 4
Winning Pitcher: Bryce Bonnin (5-1)
Losing Pitcher: Brandon Williamson (3-5)
Key Hitters: Braxton Fulford 2-4, 4 RBI; Dylan Neuse 2-4, 2 RBI; Cameron Warren 3-5, 3 R; Cole Stilwell 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI
Links: Recap | Box Score

No. 8 Texas Tech secured its third Big 12 Conference Championship in four years after earning an 8-4 win over TCU in the regular-season finale with senior Cameron Warren collecting three hits, Braxton Fulford driving in four runs and the pitching staff combining for 16 strikeouts on Saturday at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders (36-15, 16-8) will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City and have now won 13 of their last 15 games going into the postseason. Tech finishes the regular season with a 25-6 record at home after taking two of three from the Horned Frogs (29-24, 11-13).

Tech has now taken three of the last four regular-season series against TCU on its way to the seventh conference title in program history. The Red Raiders now have five Big 12 titles with four regular-season crowns, which is the second most among active Big 12 schools.

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