TCU baseball set to take on Rice


After the series cancellation against Cal Poly due to the weather this past weekend, No. 1 TCU baseball will be back in action Tuesday night.

TCU is coming off of a win against Texas Southern and a series win over Arizona State.

The Frogs (7-1) are up against the nationally ranked No. 10 Rice Owls (8-5).

Pitcher Mitchell Traver is expected to start after striking out 11 batters during the game against Texas Southern on Feb. 25.

Also expected to start is freshman catcher Evan Skoug, who hit the game-winning home run to beat Texas Southern.

Last weekend Rice split its four-game series against Stanford. The Owls blew out the Cardinals 12-1 in the final game.

Expected to start for the Owls is Kirby Taylor in left field, John Clay Reeves as designated hitter and pitcher Austin Solecitto.

The Owls have some strong offensive statistics. Seven players have a batting average over .300 and Taylor leads the Owls with a .432 average. Reeves leads the team with two home runs this season.

In the 2013-14 season, the Frogs were shutout by Rice twice, losing 1-0 and 5-0.

Even though the season is young, TCU does seem to have a home advantage. TCU is 5-0 this season at Lupton Stadium.

The Frogs will return to the diamond at Lupton Stadium on Tuesday night. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

This will be the Owls first trip to Fort Worth since 2001 and the first time that the team will play at Lupton Stadium.