Squad to face Aztecs, MWC position on line

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    The baseball team will try to hold onto a first place lead in the Mountain West Conference as it travels to California to take on the San Diego State Aztecs for a three-game series starting today.

    The Horned Frogs are tied with the New Mexico Lobos with an 11-4 record in the Mountain West, and the Aztecs are one game behind those two teams with a 10-5 conference record.

    Coming off an 11-6 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday night, the Horned Frogs will try to recapture their winning ways against a conference opponent they swept last year in their only series against the Aztecs in Fort Worth. During the series, the Horned Frogs outscored the Aztecs 23-11.

    A couple of the big bats carrying TCU into the series are Chris Ellington and Clint Arnold. Ellington drove in three runs in the loss to the Sooners, which brought his team-leading total to 31 RBIs this season. Arnold scored one run Tuesday night, bringing his season total to 35 runs, good for second on the team.

    With a 9-8 road record, the Horned Frogs have been playing better at home, but with a current nine-game winning streak in conference play that includes three consecutive conference sweeps, the Horned Frogs will try to keep the streak alive in an important series against the Aztecs this weekend.

    The Aztecs are coming off a Tuesday win against the USC Trojans but dropped two of three games against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels last weekend.

    The Aztecs have been the top team in the conference for the majority of the season, and this series could put them back on top.

    Last week, while the Horned Frogs were on the road, they managed to outscore the BYU Cougars by a 40-11 margin in three games.

    The first game of the series is set for tonight at 8:35 p.m.