Cougars face hurting Horned Frogs today

by Andrew J. Ferraro

Daily Cougar Staff

After a fast start out of the Southwest Conference chute (going 7-2), the Texas Christian Horned Frogs were dealt some key injuries and were swept by Texas A&M last weekend.

Hoping to work around those injuries, TCU coach Lance Brown and his Frogs (25-23, 7-6 in the SWC) head for Cougar Field for a four-game series against the reeling Cougars beginning today at 7 p.m.

Brown said, "It's been a bad week of preparation for us because we don't really know if they can play or not."

TCU is forced to play without two catchers, Casey Smith and Eric Garner.

Also out is outfielder Jeff McCurdy, who hit .315 with two homers and 19 RBIs before he went down.

But the most significant injury was to pitcher Erik Brown, the team leader in ERA at 3.04, with a record of 2-1 in 21 appearances, 15 walks and 37 strikeouts.

Despite the injuries, the Frogs are lead by sophomore shortstop Jeff Yarbrough, who is hitting .344 with 15 RBIs.

Ryan Dunn and Keith Knoerr lead TCU in homers with seven apiece and have totaled 66 RBIs.

The Cougars are coming off a two-game sweep by the Wichita State Shockers.

UH (21-22 on the season, 3-11 in the SWC) are below .500 for the first time this season.

"Houston has played well against everybody this year," Brown said. "They've been in all of the games until the end and have lost some tough ones."

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