Sunday, October 23, 2016

Series Preview: No. 4 TCU at West Virginia

Connor Dotson (Phot Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

Connor Dotson
(Phot Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The No.4 TCU Horned Frogs travel to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers May 1-3 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia (24-19, 6-9 Big 12) is looking to snap a two-game losing skid. The Mountaineers are coming off a 3-2 loss road loss to Marshall on Tuesday and a 9-4 loss to Radford on Wednesday afternoon.

TCU (34-9, 10-5 Big 12) is tied for first in the Big 12 with Oklahoma State, despite playing three less big 12 games. The Horned Frogs are coming off a 6-4 loss to No. 15 Dallas Baptist on Wednesday night, where miscues proved costly. The loss snapped an eight game winning streak for TCU.

Freshman second baseman Kyle Davis continues to lead the West Virginia offense with a .352 batting average with 15 doubles, four home runs and 25 RBIs. Senior shortstop Taylor Munden leads the team and the Big 12 with 10 home runs to go along with a .278 clip and 27 RBIs. Sophomore right fielder Shaun Wood has a team-leading 31 RBIs and is third on the team with seven home runs.

TCU comes in with a team batting average of .293 and they average 5.8 runs per game. Outfielders Connor Wanhanen, Cody Jones, Dan Steinhagen and Nolan Brown are all batting above .300.

Freshman Wanhanen leads the Horned Frogs with a .389 clip and Jones is tied for the team lead with three home runs. Freshman catcher Evan Skoug also has three homers, 11 doubles and 29 RBIs.

West Virginia will send freshman BJ Myers (2-3, 3.35 ERA) to the mound on Friday. The right-hander has dropped his last two outings despite having two quality starts.

Junior lefty Ross Vance (6-3, 2.89 ERA) will start on Saturday and sophomore right-hander Chad Donato (6-4, 2.89 ERA) will pitch on Sunday.

TCU has one of the nation’s top pitching rotations in the country, which could spell trouble for the slumping West Virginia offense. The Horned Frogs’ pitchers have struck out 380 batters and have a 2.23 ERA.

Sophomore southpaw Tyler Alexander (3-2, 2.95 ERA) will counter against Myers on Friday. The Horned Frogs will send senior right-hander Preston Morrison (9-1, 2.00 ERA) to the hill on Saturday and junior left-hander Alex Young (8-2, 1.65 ERA) will start on Sunday.

The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series 6-2, including beating West Virginia four times last season.

Friday’s opener will begin at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game is a 4 p.m. start time and the finale is slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday.





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