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Feb. 13, 2014

  Memphis vs Western Michigan
     
 Memphis Tigers (0-0, 0-0 The American)
 
 Western Michigan Broncos (0-0, 0-0 MAC)

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  Friday, February 14 W, 3-2 Notes

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Memphis W: Nolan Blackwood (1-0)
Western Michigan L: Monty Porter (0-1) 
Memphis SV: Bryce Beeler (1)

Freshman RHP Nolan Blackwood and junior RHP/UT Bryce Beeler combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless bullpen work to help Memphis to the 3-2 victory.  

Saturday, February 15 W, 4-2 Notes

Recap  | Box Score

Memphis W: Caleb Wallingford (1-0)
Western Michigan L: Chad Mayle (0-1) 
Memphis SV: Bryce Beeler (2)
Pitching again was the story for the Tigers. LHP Caleb Wallingford had three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and Bryce Beeler picked up his second save. 

Sunday, February 16 W, 5-2 Notes
Recap  | Box Score Memphis W: Dylan Toscano (1-0)
Western Michigan L: Will Nimke (0-1) 
Memphis SV: Nolan Blackwood (1)
Dylan Toscano pitched five innings and allowed two unearned runs to pick up the win. Three relievers combined for four perfect innings of relief. 

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

• Friday is "Date Night" at FedExPark. One lucky couple will have the chance to win dinner for two.
• Saturday is the first "Youth Jersey Saturday." Any players on a youth team wearing their jersey will get in FREE along with up to three coaches. Other family and guests will have to pay regular admission prices. 
• Sunday is the first "Senior Sunday." Fans 65 and older get in for $1. 

TICKET PRICES

• All tickets for games at FedExPark are General Admission.
• Tickets are $5 for adults, ages 13-and-up.
• Tickets are $3 for children, ages 6-12.
• Children ages five and under and U of M students with ID cards are FREE.   
• Group tickets are available for $2 for groups of 10 or more. However, they MUST be purchased in advance by calling the Ticket Office at (901) 678-2331.   

AROUND THE HORN

• Memphis opens the 2014 campaign, the 101st year of baseball, on Friday at FedExPark. The Tigers host Western Michigan in a three-game series. 
• In its 101-year history, Memphis has a record of 1686-1272-16 on the diamond. 
• Ironman shorstop Ethan Gross is slated to add to his program-record 152-consecutive games started streak this weekend. 
• The Tigers have lost two-straight season openers and are 37-29 all-time in the opener. 
• Dating back to 1974, Memphis is 26-14 in the home opener. In the same span, Memphis has compiled a 69-35-1 record in the opening weekend. 
• The Tigers are 109-68-1 in February games, 31-24 under 10th year skipper Daron Schoenrock
• Memphis returns eight position starters from last year's club that posted a 35-24 record. 
• Memphis will play 17 games against teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. 
• Friday's season opener is the earliest (Feb. 14) season opener since 1989 (Feb. 11). 

SCOUTING THE BRONCOS

• Western Michigan posted a record of 16-38 last season.
• The Broncos hit .256 with four home runs and 184 RBI.
• On the mound, Western Michigan sported a 5.15 ERA with 269 strikeouts in 472 IP.
• Andrew Sohn led the team with a .337 batting average and 36 RBI in 2013. He added 17 steals on 19 attempts.
• The Broncos return their top seven hitters from a season ago. 

FIRST MEETINGS

• Memphis and Western Michigan meet for the first time on Friday. 
• The Tigers will meet four, first-time opponents this season.
• Since Coach Schoenrock took over the program in 2005, the Tigers sport a 14-14 record in first time meetings. 
• Memphis is scheduled to face Belmont, Temple and Rutgers for the first time as well. 

EXPERIENCE FACTOR

• Coach Schoenrock has penciled in RHP Jon Reed, LHP Colin Lee and RHP Dylan Toscano for the weekend rotation. 
• The probable weekend rotation has combined for three career starts and only 82.1 innings of work at the U of M. 
• By comparison, the opening weekend rotation a year ago had combined for 28 career starts and 191.2 IP. 
• The lack of experience on the mound is virtuatlly offset with the returning experience in the field. 
• Memphis returns eight starters (starter in 70% of games) from 2013 for a potential lineup that features a combined 640 career starts. 
• Looking further, the eight returning starters have combined for a career total of 2,329 at-bats, an average of 291 per player. 

IS SIX THE MAGIC NUMBER?
• If the Tigers get six runs on the board, history points to a win!
• Since 1970, the U of M is 907-29-1 (.805) when scoring six or more runs.
• Under Coach Schoenrock, the club sports a 176-81 (.685) record.

FOUR SCORE AND....
• Last season, the Tigers pitching staff limited opponents to four or fewer runs in 38 of 59 games. 
• Dating back to 1970, the Tigers have an 873-191-1 (.820) record when opponents score four or fewer runs.
• Under Coach Schoenrock, the U of M sports a 142-49 (.743) record in the given situation. 

IRONMAN

• Senior shortstop Ethan Gross is expected to make the start when the team hits the field on Friday.
• If Gross takes his position at shortstop, it would mark his 153rd-straight start, a program record. 
• Gross has started every game since game two of a doubleheader at East Carolina on March 26,2011. 


 

 

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