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Tigers facing first major test of the year against No. 1 TCU

Alex Lange (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB) Alex Lange (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
HOUSTON, TX (WAFB) -

No. 2 LSU faces No. 1 TCU Friday night in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The Horned Frogs are 7-1 overall this season and winners of three straight games.

TCU victories include a sweep of Penn State, two-out-of-three against Arizona State and wins against UT-Arlington and Rice.

TCU hits .267 as a team including 11 doubles and 11 home runs. The Horned Frogs are averaging over eight runs per game, outscoring opponents 69-33.

Leading Hitters:
Nolan Brown: .400 batting average, two doubles and four stolen bases.      
Luken Baker: .346 batting average, three home runs and eight RBI.     
Austen Wade:.323 batting average, one triple, two home runs, six RBI and six stolen bases.    

The TCU pitching staff has a 3.25 ERA. 

Leading Pitchers:
Nick Lodolo: 2-0, 2.70 ERA and 13 strikeouts.        
Jared Janczak: 2-0, 2.77 ERA and 10 strikeouts.  
Brian Howard: 1-1, 3.27 ERA, 10 strikeouts and opponents hit only .150 against the starter.
Sean Wymer: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, four appearances, 5.1 innings, one save and nine strikeouts.    

Pitching Matchup and First Pitch:
Game 1 at 7 p.m. on FS2, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Southwest Plus
LSU: Alex Lange (2-0, 0.82 ERA) 
TCU: Brian Howard (1-1, 3.27 ERA) 

Baseball Rankings:
Perfect Game: TCU 1, LSU 2
Collegiate Baseball: TCU 1, LSU 3
Baseball America: TCU 1, LSU 4
D1 Baseball: TCU 1, LSU  4

Next up: The Tigers stay in Houston to face Baylor Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and finish up against Texas Tech Sunday at 10 a.m. 

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