13 Tigers on rosters throughout professional baseball ranks
Outlook for 2008: Ready for solid senior campaign after spending first three years pitching in a variety of roles. Heir apparent to important left-handed setup role occupied the past two seasons by Dusty Davis.
2007 (Junior): A top middle relief option in 2007...Third on the Memphis staff with 18 appearances (17 in relief)...Compiled a 2-1 record with a 6.35 ERA...Recorded 34 strikeouts in 39.2 innings...Averaged just under eight strikeouts per nine innings of relief...Earned his first win of the year after striking out two in two innings to defeat Middle Tennessee 11-8 (3/21/07)...Improved to 2-0 after striking out five in three innings a win over Southeast Missouri (4/24/07)...Struck out a career-high seven batters and limited UT-Martin (2/27/07) to one unearned run on one hit in 4.1 innings to help Memphis to a 2-1 win...Earned his lone start of the year vs. Rice in the semifinals of the C-USA Championships (5/26/07)...Worked an inning of relief vs. Austin Peay in the NCAA Nashville Regional (6/2/07).
2006 (Sophomore): Made 14 appearances, mainly as a reliever...Went 2-2 with a 6.82 ERA...Struck out 23 in 34.1 innings of work...Made four starts before making the move to the bullpen...Was 1-1 in seven outings in C-USA play...Held league opponents to a .258 average...Tossed six innings of scoreless ball to pick up his first win of the year in a 15-1 rout of Southeast Missouri State (3/18/06)...Pitched 5.1 innings of solid relief to help the Tigers post a 7-4 win over Marshall...Hurled 3.1 innings to earn the win over ECU (5/19/06).
Summer 2006: Summer teammate of Tiger reliever Matt Yokley on the Woodstock River Bandits (Valley League) roster...Went 0-6 with 7.09 ERA...Tossed 39.1 innings in eight starts.
2005 (Freshman): Was forced into the starting rotation early in the season after senior lefty Brandon Rowan suffered an elbow injury...Made 13 appearances and recorded an 8.74 ERA as a true freshman...Went 1-8 and finished second on the team with 12 starts and 58.2 innings pitched...Struck out 36 batters...Earned his first collegiate vs. East Carolina (4/23/05) after scattering 12 hits and giving up four runs in 6.1 innings...Tossed one of the U of M's two complete-games in a season-high 9.0 innings vs. Saint Louis (4/29/05)...Struck out a career-best seven hitters against Indiana State (3/13/05).
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for Allen Pavatte at Briarcrest High...Hit .385 and went 5-1 as a pitcher to garner All-District and All-Region recognition as a senior...Earned All-Region honors as a junior...Recorded a 13-strikeout shutout win over SBEC in his senior season...Finished his prep campaign with a 13-4 record on the mound, while hitting .400 at the plate.
Personal: Full name is Neil Conrad Schenk...Son of David and Kathy Schenk...Played for the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, alongside senior catcher Cory Barton in the summer of 2005...Had a stellar season, finishing with a team-high 1.02 ERA and a 2-1 mark in 12 appearances...Logged 17.2 innings of work...Fanned 22 and held opponents to a .122 batting average...Majoring in foreign languages.