Baseball looks to improve conference standing against Air Force

Baseball looks to improve conference standing against Air Force

The baseball team will pick up conference play today, starting a three-game series against cellar-dwellers Air Force.

The Horned Frogs have won their last two games, but are in second-to-last place in the Mountain West Conference with a 2-4 record.

The Falcons have had an incredibly rough stretch, failing to win a conference game all of last season, and starting this season 0-5 in the Mountain West.

Air Force has already reached 10 wins this season at 10-16, marking the second time in the past five seasons the squad has reached a double-digit win total.

Last year the Horned Frogs took the series 5-0, easily besting the Falcons offensively and defensively.

TCU outscored Air Force 47-11 in the five games, including a 15-run effort in the team’s final contest of the series, and their second highest run total of the season.

TCU has a 15-1 all-time record against the Falcons, who have never won at Lupton Stadium.

Redshirt junior pitcher Seth Garrison said every remaining conference game is huge for the Horned Frogs, who are focused on taking on Air Force, he said.

The squad has been getting tremendous support while playing at home, where it is 12-5 this season. Tuesday’s game against Baylor featured the ninth largest crowd in Lupton history with 2,346 fans in attendance. The all-time three-game series attendance record was set in the first series of the season against Cal State Fullerton,

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle said the team has been hitting better than the final score often indicates.

Wednesday, the Horned Frogs’ bats caught fire again, beating Texas State 12-8.

Consistency in pitching and hitting has hurt the Horned Frogs in their two conference series.

In TCU’s four conference losses, the team surrendered 26 runs.

Fortunately for the Horned Frogs, the Falcons pitching staff has a conference-worst 7.58 earned run average this season.