Texas Longhorns Baseball Preview – at No. 5 TCU [April 24-26] | Horns Illustrated

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Texas (22-19, 8-7 Big 12) at No. 5 TCU (31-8, 7-5 Big 12) • Friday, April 24- Sunday, April 26

Where: Fort Worth, Texas • Lupton Stadium
Times: Friday, 6:30 p.m. | Saturday, 4 p.m. | Sunday, 1 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Friday/Sunday); Fox Sports Southwest (Saturday)
Talent: Chuck LaMendola (Play-by-Play), Ben Carruthers (Analyst)
Radio: AM 1300 The Zone, Texas Sports.com/Audio
Talent: Craig Way (PbP), Bill Little (Analyst)
Live Stats: http://www.gofrogs.com
All-time Series: Texas leads, 220-63-2

Probable Starting Pitchers

FRIDAY
UT - Sr. RHP Parker French (2-2, 2.09)
TCU - So. LHP Tyler Alexander (3-2, 2.92)

SATURDAY
UT - Jr. LHP Ty Culbreth (3-2, 2.60)
TCU - Sr. RHP Preston Morrison (8-1, 1.81)

SUNDAY
UT - TBA
TCU - Jr. LHP Alex Young (7-2, 1.67)

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUP
• TCU is the third most common opponent in Texas history, with the Longhorns leading the all-time series 220-63-2 including a 82-31-2 mark in Fort Worth. The Longhorns' most common opponents are Texas A&M (371 meetings and Baylor (346).

A LOOK AT THE LONGHORNS
• After taking two of three games at Kansas last weekend in Lawrence, Texas Longhorns Baseball enters the series at TCU sitting in fifth place in the Big 12 standings, though just two games out of first.
• In winning three of its last four games, Texas has averaged 7.5 runs/game while hitting .318 with 10 doubles, three triples and seven home runs.
• The Longhorns homered twice in Tuesday night's win (Zane Gurwitz & Bret Boswell), giving the team seven multi-homer games this season after having just two in all of 2014.
• Texas' 16 runs on Sunday at Kansas marked the most runs in a game since 2011, the most extra base hits (13) in the BBCOR bat era (since '11), the most homers (5) since 2010 and the most hits (23) since matching the school record of 25 in 1998.
• Junior shortstop C.J Hinojosa shined on Sunday, as he became the first Longhorn to hit for the cycle since Kyle Russell on 4/24/07, while driving in four and scoring three times.
• Junior left fielder Ben Johnson also homered twice in the game, the second time this season he's done that (also March 5 at Stanford). He's the first Longhorn with two multi-home run games in a season since Kevin Keyes did it three times in 2010.
• Johnson leads the Big 12 triples (7) and total bases (98), ranks second in slugging percentage (.570), tied for second in hits (60) and third in multi-hit games (19). Senior right fielder Collin Shaw leads the league in doubles (16).
Michael Cantu was named Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after recording a slash line of .500/.714/.563 in the KU series. It's his second honor of the year (also Feb. 23).

James Schleicher

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