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Pacific Baseball Embarks On Road Trip To TCU

Mar 6, 2013

The Pacific baseball team hits the road for an 11-day, seven-game road trip, beginning Friday at TCU. The Tigers will meet the Horned Frogs in the first of three at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time Friday.

Pacific enters the weekend at 4-7 on the year following a mid-week loss to Nevada at Klein Family Field. The Tigers belted out a season-high 16 hits as five players tallied multi-hit games, but Nevada's bullpen out-performed the Tigers' as the Wolf Pack took an 11-9 win.

The Horned Frogs are 3-8 on the year, as TCU was swept by Ole Miss, Big West foe Cal State Fullerton, posted a win over Dallas Baptist, and took one of three from Jacksonville. On Tuesday, TCU dropped a 6-4 decision to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Sophomore RHP Mike Hager will get his first start of the season on Friday, as the 6-4 righty has appeared three times out of the Pacific bullpen with no record. He has a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched after tossing five innings with one earned run allowed against No. 24 Arizona State last Friday.

TCU will send sophomore RHP Preston Morrison to the bump in game one. He owns a 1-1 record with a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings. He's fanned 20 batters against four walks and is coming off a eight-inning, stint in which he allowed one earned run with no decision against Jacksonville on Saturday.

In game two, Saturday at noon Pacific/2 p.m. Central, the Tigers give junior RHP Cory Popham the starting assignment. He has a 1-0 record and a 1.74 ERA after running his shutout inning streak to 16 with a seven-inning shutout stint against Gonzaga on Saturday.

The Horned Frogs counter with sophomore LHP Brandon Finnegan, who is 0-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 16.2 innings. He took the loss against Jacksonville last Friday, allowing five earned in six innings while striking out 11.

Sunday's series finale at 11 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Central will feature sophomore RHP Michael Benson for the Tigers vs TCU LHP Alex Young. Benson is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA on the year in 21.2 innings. He lasted eight innings allowing two earned runs in the Tigers' come-from-behind win over No. 2 Arkansas last Sunday. Benson took the no decision as Pacific rallied for three in the ninths for the 4-3 win.

Young has a 4.66 ERA and a 1-1 record in 9.2 innings of action. He tossed four shutout innings in a win over JAcksonville last Sunday.

On the year, TCU is hitting .221 on the year with 15 doubles and five home runs while the Tigers check in with .267 average, 18 doubles and a pair of long balls.

The Horned Frog's staff has a 3.55 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 95 innings, while the Tigers' pitching corps has posted a 4.17 ERA with 44 K's in 95 innings.

Following the three game set at TCU's Lupton Baseball Stadium, the Tigers will head to Stillwater, Oklahoma for a Wednesday match-up with Oklahoma State.

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