The 100th Year of Tiger Baseball Starts Friday
Jan. 24, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Only three weeks until their first game, the University of Memphis baseball team opens practice for their 100th year on Friday. Media Members are welcome to come between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. with practice starting at 2:00 p.m."The guys are really excited to get back with the whole team together. Baseball is a sport where you can work on your skills almost year around in batting cages and bullpens, and we've done a lot of that. Now it's time to put the whole team back together and become a team again," head coach Daron Schoenrock said. "It's exciting to bring the whole team back together once again, and try to pick back up with what I thought was a very good fall." "From a hitting standpoint, we are ready for scrimmages. A lot of times you have to take a few days to get ready. This team is ready to scrimmage so as soon as the field and the weather lets us, we'll scrimmage a lot," Schoenrock said. The Tigers return 20 letterwinners from a 2012 team that went 31-28 and fell in the Conference USA Tournament Championship game. Among the 20 returning letterwinners, seven were starters a season ago, including two starting pitchers. In all, the Tigers return 12 pitchers. The roster is completed with 11 newcomers. Memphis will also hold an open practice on Saturday. The time has yet to be determined due to weather. The Tigers open the 2013 season on February 15 when they host Illinois State at 4:00 p.m. at FedExPark.