Feb. 16, 2012
|Probable Starting Pitchers
|Game 1 - Friday 5 p.m.
||RHP Clayton Gant (MEM) vs. RHP Travis Felax (SIUE)
|Game 2 - Saturday 2 p.m.
||RHP Dan Langfield (MEM) vs. RHP Ryan Daniels (SIUE)
|Game 3 - Sunday 1 p.m.
||LHP Sam Moll (MEM) vs. RHP Josh Hoguet (SIUE)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team opens the 2012 season, the 99th in the program’s history, with a three-game series against SIU-Edwardsville. The three games mark the beginning of a seven-game home stand to open the season.
Friday’s game will be carried live on WUMR 91.7 FM with play-by-play by Jeff Brightwell. Live chat and stats are available for all three games at GoTigersGo.com and you can follow the Tigers on Twitter (@UofMBaseball) for in-game updates. A live stream of the three games can be seen on GoTigersGo.com.
Tigers In Season Openers
Memphis is 37-27 since 1948 in season openers. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the Tigers are 4-3 on opening day, having won two of the last three.
Tigers In Home Openers
Since 1974, the U of M is 26-12 in home openers. The Tigers are 4-3 in home openers under Coach Schoenrock and have dropped two of the last three home openers.
Since Memphis first played a February home game in the 1984 season, the Tigers have an impressive 52-18-1 record in February home games. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis is 8-2 in February home games, including a perfect 3-0 mark last season. Overall, the U of M carries a 100-61-1 record in February games.
On This Date.....
Memphis has played just two games on Feb. 17 in the program’s history and the Tigers earned wins in both contests. The last game on Feb. 17 occurred in 1996 and the U of M topped SEMO 15-7. The lone other Feb. 17 fixture was the 1990 season opener and the Tigers beat Harding 10-1.
Feb. 18 has been kind to the Tigers as the U of M carries a 4-1 record into Saturday’s contest. Memphis has won the last three Feb. 18 games with the last coming last season against Evansville (13-9).
The Tigers have played five times on Feb. 19 and carry a 3-2 record. A win last year against Evansville (8-4) broke a two-game losing streak in games played on Feb. 19.
Starting off on the Right Foot
Memphis carries a record of 67-31-1 in the opening weekend of the season dating back to the 1974 campaign. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 15-7 in the opening series.
The Series With SIU-Edwardsville
Memphis leads the all-time series with SIU-Edwardsville 2-1 as the lone previous series came during the 2009 season. The Tigers won the first two games in the series, but the Cougars avoided the sweep in game three with a 3-2 victory in the rain-shortened contest.
The Inside Edge - SIU-Edwardsville
SIU-Edwardsville is set to play their first season in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. Head Coach Gary Collins returns for his 34th season with 21 returning letterwinners from the squad that posted a 28-24 record in 2011. The Cougars played 19 games against OVC teams last year and had a 15-4 record. Senior 3B Zach Hawkins led the 2011 club with a .345 batting average and was second on the team with 44 RBI. Sophomore OF Devin Caldwell led the team with 53 RBI a year ago. The Cougars return two starters in Travis Felax (5-2, 2.62 ERA) and Ryan Daniels (1-4, 5.12 ERA).
Although the U of M dropped nine of its last 15 C-USA games, the Tigers finished 25-16 in weekend series. The Tigers recorded four weekend sweeps last season, the most in a season since the 1994 squad had seven three-game sweeps and posted a 52-11 record. The 2011 club was only the fifth team in program history to record four sweeps in a season.
Senior third baseman Jacob Wilson was named to the C-USA Preseason team. Wilson and the Tigers were picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll, voted on by the league’s nine head coaches. First baseman T.J. Rich was named to the College Sports Madness C-USA Preseason team.
With a 25-16 mark in weekend series, midweek games puzzled the Tigers last season, as the club finished with a 4-9 record. Memphis was outscored by its opponents 66-62 in the 13 midweek games and the Tigers averaged 4.76 runs per game during midweek battles. On the weekends, the U of M averaged 6.93 runs per game and outscored opponents 284-225 in those 41 games.
The Tigers played several nail bitters last season and in games decided by two runs or less, Memphis finished 9-14, 7-6 in league play. The Tigers had five come-from-behind wins and had nine one run losses.
The Tigers open the 2012 schedule with 10 of their first 12 games at FedExPark. The U of M carries a 38-24 home record since the stadium became FedExPark in 2010. Coach Daron Schoenrock has guided the Tigers to a 99-99 record at home since taking over the program in 2005. After a rough 4-20 home record in 2005, Memphis has a 95-79 mark at home.
Good Start, But What About Finish?
Last season, the Tigers pounced on opponents early, outscoring its opponents 156-81 in the first three innings. In the sixth through the final out, Memphis was outscored 156-115.
The U of M pitching staff finished with a 5.20 ERA last season and when the Tigers scored four or more runs, Memphis was 29-11. When scoring three or fewer runs, the Tigers were 1-16.
Heading into the 2012 season, Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. Wilson (183)and McClain (173) are 13th and 14th, respectively, in career hits. Wilson has 47 career doubles which ties for fifth all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (165) and McClain (160) could each eclipse the top-five with 35 games played this season. With 30-plus RBI this season, Wilson could inch closer to the top-five in the category as he begins the season with 125 on his career.
Help Choose Player/Pitcher of the Game
This season, each game recap on GoTigersGo.com will feature a player and pitcher of the game. Fans can help choose the Player and Pitcher of the game by nominating a student-athlete on Twitter, Facebook or via the live chat. Tweet your nomination to @UofMBaseball on twitter or post a comment on the game thread on the Facebook page for the Memphis Baseball Team (Facebook.com/MemphisBaseball). There will be a running list of winners here on each set of game notes.
Replacing The 1-2 Punch
Entering the 2012 season, one of the biggest concerns will be replacing the offensive production at the top of the order left by the departure of draft picks Drew Martinez and Chad Zurcher. The duo combined to hit over .380 last season and scored over 100 runs.
Sound Defense at the Hot Corner
One thing head coach Daron Schoenrock and staff can count on this season, the steady defense by C-USA Preseason All-C-USA selection Jacob Wilson at third base. Starting at the hot corner in 140 of his 165 games played, Wilson has committed 31 errors in 506 chances over his three year career. Last season, Wilson turned in his best performance with the leather as he finished the year with three errors in 152 chances.
The Tigers continue the seven-game home stand with a midweek match-up with Austin Peay on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at FedExPark at 4 p.m. The seven-game home stand ends with a three-game set with Kennesaw State beginning Friday, Feb. 24 at FedExPark.