Dylan Toscano pitched five innings and allowed two unearned runs to pick up the win. Three relievers combined for four perfect innings of relief.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.