TCU baseball still looking for first Big 12 series win as team travels to Lubbock

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    After a 5-4 loss to Dallas Baptist that head coach Jim Schlossnagle said “embarrassed TCU,” the Horned Frog baseball team is set to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.

    The Texas Tech series will be TCU’s third Big 12 Conference series of the season, but the Horned Frogs have not found a way to get a Big 12 series win this season.

    After being swept at Oklahoma and Tuesday's loss to DBU, TCU’s winless streak stretched to four games.

    Although sophomore first baseman Kevin Cron extended his hitting streak on Tuesday to 12 games, TCU has struggled with runs. In 18 games this season, the Horned Frogs have been held to five runs or fewer by opposing teams.

    Schlossnagle said some changes would be made on the short scale, but other changes would take longer. One change that is not set to change is the starting pitchers for the weekend. The TCU pitching staff ranks fourth in the Big 12 with a team ERA of 3.05.

    Friday will see sophomore right-hander Preston Morrison take on Red Raider righty Dominic Moreno. Morrison holds a 1.18 ERA, which puts him in the top 3 on the list of Big 12 pitchers. In all six of Morrison’s starts in the season, he has gone at least seven innings.

    Sophomore lefty Brandon Finnegan is set to be take the mound for TCU Saturday, and junior righty Andrew Mitchell will see action in the starting rotation Sunday for the second consecutive weekend series.

    In the Oklahoma series, the pitching rotation that will be in Lubbock held the Sooners to 10 runs over the weekend.

    Tech right-hander Trey Masek holds the top spot in the Big 12 ERA rankings with 0.22. In 40 innings this season, he has allowed one run.

    The Red Raiders are coming into the series with a similar record to TCU for the last week of play. Tech has won one game in its past four games.

    Although winning the middle game at West Virginia, the Red Raiders lost the series and are coming off a 7-6 loss against New Mexico State.

    Friday’s game will mark the 149th time TCU (9-15) and Texas Tech (16-11) have met on the diamond.

    TCU has an all-time series lead of 79-68-1 against the Red Raiders, and a 14-3 series lead under Schlossnagle. In 2011, the Horned Frogs swept the Red Raiders. And last year TCU took both games against Tech in a rain-shortened two-game series at home.

    First pitch Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field.