Fresno State * Sunday, April 9* 1:05 p.m. * TCU Diamond * Fort Worth
KTCU 88.7 FM (Chuck LaMendola)
FROGS RETURN TO TCU DIAMOND, HOST FRESNO STATE
The TCU Horned Frogs (13-23) return to the TCU Diamond this weekend to host
WAC rival Fresno State in a three-game series. The first-place Bulldogs are
ranked # this week. Earlier this week, TCU lost a pair of games at
Oklahloma, while Fresno State lost to Santa Clara. Beginning Friday, the
Frogs will play seven straight and 12 of the next 15 overall at home.
103rd SEASON OF TCU BASEBALL
This is the 103rd edition of TCU baseball. The Frogs have an all-time mark
of 1493-1297-25 for a winning percentage of .538. The Frogs are closing in
on the 2800th game in school history and 1500 wins. The March 10th contest
at Hawai`i was the 2800th baseball game in TCU history. The Frogs are seven
victories away from 1500 wins.
HEAD COACH LANCE BROWN
The 2000 Horned Frogs are under the guidance of head coach Lance Brown (TCU,
1967). Brown, TCU's all-time winningest coach, surpassed the 400 win mark in
TCU's 13-9 win over UTA. In his 14th season as the head coach at TCU, Brown
has a record of 411-391. He is assisted by Donnie Watson, Barry Takahashi
and Chris Connally.
The Frogs are in their fourth season in the WAC. TCU has compiled a
conference record of 56-43-0, finishing second in all three seasons in the
WAC. Last season, TCU ended conference play with a record of 19-10,
advancing to the Championship game of the WAC Tournament. Always tough at
the TCU Diamond, the Frogs have a record of 33-14 in home conference games.
On the road, the Frogs have compiled a record of 23-29. This season, TCU is
2-1 at home in WAC play and 2-6 on the road.
All three games this weekend can be heard on KTCU (88.7 FM) with Chuck
LaMendola calling the play-by-play. TCU fans can access the radio
broadcast of any TCU game from anywhere in the world via the internet at
www.broadcast.com. The TCU pregame show will begin 15 minutes before the
first pitch of every TCU game.
TCU-FRESNO STATE SERIES
When TCU and Fresno State begin play on Friday, it will be the 10th meeting
between the two teams...TCU trails in the overall series, 4-5-0... Lance
Brown has a career record of 4-5 against Fresno State... last year, TCU won
two-of-three at Fresno State, winning games two (7-6) and three (14-8)...
Erick Macha hit .308 (4-13) and Shaun Wooley hit .273 (3-11) with two home
runs... Mark Hamilton hit .250 (3-12) with one HR and 4 RBIs... Chris
Bradshaw earned a win in relief and Mark Hamilton recorded a save... Shawn
Thompson struck out 14 in eight innings, but lost 7-1... the Frogs dropped
the opener (7-1)... Fresno State faced the Frogs at the TCU Diamond in the
1997 season... TCU lost the first two games (19-12 and 10-5)... TCU won the
finale (11-7)... TCU will travel to Fresno May 4-6 for a three-game series.
TCU DROPS two to Oklahoma
Oklahoma defeated TCU, 16-13, in the Feb. 22 suspended game and then took
game two, 5-2 in Norman... the Frogs and Sooners played the final four
innings of the suspended contest in Norman... OU had a 10-8 lead after five
innings... they outscored TCU 6-5 in the four innings... Chad Durham
suffered the loss, allowing six runs, five earned in four innings... in the
second game, OU scored three runs in the first inning off of TCU starter
Shawn Thompson... Thompson allowed three runs on five hits in 3.0 innings...
the Frogs scored once in the first and once in the seventh... the Frogs had
only seven hits in the game, three going for doubles... freshman Mike Settle
made his debut, picking up one hit in three at-bats and he successfully
fielding all 11 chances in the field.
FROGS SPLIT WITH THE OWLS
TCU and Rice split a two-game set in Houston... the third and final game of
the series was rained out... the Frogs and Owls will play a four-game series
later this season in Fort Worth... Chris Bradshaw and David Tombrella teamed
together on a 3-0 shutout of Rice on Friday night... Bradshaw held the Owls
to four hits and one walk in eight innings... for his effort, he was named
the WAC pitcher of the week... Tombrella earned a save, pitching a scoreless
ninth inning... Levi Groomer and Jason Price each had two hits in the Friday
night win... as a team, the Frogs had only seven hits... in the Saturday
afternoon contest, the Owls errupted for nine runs in the fourth inning en
route to the 12-3 win... all 12 runs scored by the Owls came in the 4-5-6
innings... Eric Arnold hit two home runs, both in the fourth inning... Mark
Hamilton suffered the loss... he allowed six runs in 3.1 innings... Stan
Newton allowed four runs in 2.1 innings... Hamilton led the Frogs at the
plate, picking up three hits in five at-bats... Hamilton hit his seventh
home run of the year... Brad Rogers and Marshall Wilson each had two hits...
the Frogs stranded 10 men on the bases.
Twenty one of the 36 games this season have been decided by three runs or
less... the Frogs have a record of 8-13 in the 21 games... TCU has a record
of 3-4 in one-run contests, 2-2 in two-run games and 3-7 in games decided by
three runs... the Frogs are now 16-16 in one-run games over the last three
seasons... the Frogs ended the month of March with a record of 8-8... TCU
has a record of 8-8 at home and 5-15 on the road (includes neutral sites)...
TCU has scored 206 runs this season, an average of 5.72 runs per game... in
the last eight games, the Frogs have scored 36 runs, an average of 4.5
runs... after 36 games, TCU has a record of 13-12 against righthanded
pitchers and 0-11 against lefties... the Frogs are 9-8 when they scores
first... TCU is 2-3 in night games... the Frogs have night wins at Hilo and
Rice... TCU has six night games left on the schedule.
Several freshmen have made a strong impact this season, most notably Ramon
Moses... the Panama City native has a .337 batting average in 24 games
played... Moses, TCU's starting second baseman is second on the team with 84
assists... freshman third baseman Mike Settle made his debut against
Oklahoma... he drove in one run on one hit in three at-bats and he fielded
all 11 chances successfully... freshman first baseman Walter Olmstead is
hitting .250, 1 HR and 6 RBI in 20 games played... outfielders Greg Bratton
and Jeff Reed are hitting .226 and .222, respectively... sophomore Erick
Macha is hitting .289 and has a .957 fielding percentage.
A renewal of an Old Southwest Conference rivalry comes to the Ballpark in
Arlington on Tuesday, April 11 as the TCU Horned Frogs host the Texas
Longhorns in the 5th Annual Battle at The Ballpark. Tickets to see the Frogs
take on the nationally ranked Longhorns are just $5. For information contact
the Texas Rangers Ticket office at 817-273-5100 or 214-GO-STARS.
Chris Bradshaw has won his last two starts (Texas Wesleyan and Rice)...
Shawn Thompson's next start will set a TCU record for career starts with
48... Thompson has started 10 games this year.