It’s no secret, but bears repeating: If TCU is going to make a run down the stretch in Big 12 play the offense must improve.The Horned Frogs are batting a combined .244 entering tonight’s game with Stephen F. Austin at Lupton Stadium.Key hitters such as Kevin Cron, Derek Odell and Jerrick Suiter have raised their averages considerably over the last several weeks giving hope that the trio has started to more closely resemble their form at the end of the 2012 season.But at the same time, others have begun to struggle at the plate. Jantzen Witte’s average has fallen to .272 after going 0-for-11 over the weekend. Paul Hendrix, who was hitting .329 before last weekend, has dropped to .296 after going 1-for-11. Freshman Boomer White remains the most consistent hitter on the team with a .330 average.Odell, however, has raised his average 20 points and has six RBIs in the last eight games when TCU went 5-3.“The only numbers I look at are the wins and losses,” Odell said. “My swing is starting to feel — slowly but surely — better, and getting back to where I want it to be.”TCU’s Stefan Crichton (2-2) will make his fifth start tonight against the Lumberjacks (15-16). SFA is throwing Cameron Gann (1-4), who has a 6.23 ERA in nine appearances.After Wednesday, TCU has 21 regular-season games remaining, beginning with a weekend series against Oklahoma State (22-8) at Lupton Stadium. Fifteen of those are Big 12 games.Key stat55 Two-out runs allowed by TCU this season, an average of 1.7 a game. In TCU’s 18 losses, 44 of the Frogs’ 87 runs allowed have come with two outs.
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