Tigers Host Arkansas State on Tuesday at FedExPark
Go Tigers! The Tigers look to even their record at 2-2 with a win against Arkansas State on Tuesday
Go Tigers!
The Tigers look to even their record at 2-2 with a win against Arkansas State on Tuesday
Go Tigers!

Feb. 18, 2013

Game 4

 February 19, 2013 - Memphis, Tenn. 


1-2 (0-0 C-USA)

Game 4 - Tuesday - 4:00 PM

Arkansas State

Arkansas State
Red Wolves
-0 (0-0 SBC)

LHP Michael Wills RHP Bradley Wallace
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Coming off a 5-2 win on Sunday, Memphis (1-2) plays host to Arkansas State (3-0) on Tuesday afternoon at FedExPark. Senior southpaw Michael Wills is scheduled to pitch for Memphis and he will be opposed by ASU right-hander Bradley Wallace. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults 13-and-up and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children ages five and under and U of M students with ID cards are admitted free.

Follow The Action
RADIO - Fans can listen locally on WUMR - FM 91.7 ... Jeff Brightwell, in his 10th season as the "Voice of the Tigers," brings the play-by-play ... Pregame show on WUMR begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch.

INTERNET - GoTigersGo.com will offer live play-by-play and statistics ... Fans can watch the game on the Memphis Tiger Network ... Live stats are available through GameTracker, linked on the preview for the game.

TWITTER - @UofMBaseball is the official Twitter account for Memphis Baseball. Follow the Tigers throughout the season for in-game updates, behind the scenes photos and much more.

Your 2013 Tigers
Memphis returned five position starters and two starting pitchers from last season's club. Overall, the squad has 20 returning letterwinners and the coaching staff has added 11 newcomers for the season. Below is a statistical breakdown of what's back for the Tigers. Thus far, five players have made first career starts and the opening day lineup averaged 31 career starts.

Familiar Territory
Last season, Memphis opened the season 1-2, but did not play a midweek game following the opening the series. The 2013 season marks the third season in the last four years that the U of M opened the year with a 1-2 record and the 17th time in program history.

Home Heavy First Half
Memphis has a home heavy schedule in 2013 with 36 of 56 games at FedExPark. The Tigers will need to take advantage of the home turf as 27-of-36 home contests (75 percent) will be completed by the fourth league series on April 12 at UAB.

February Baseball
Since Memphis first played a February home game in the 1984 season, the Tigers have an impressive 56-23-1 record in February home games. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis is 11-9 in February home games, including a 3-3 mark last season. Overall, the U of M carries a 105-67-1 record in February games. Below is a table showing Memphis' record in all February games since 2005.

Year  All Home  Away  Neutral
2013 1-2 1-2 - -
2012 4-4 3-3 1-1 0-0
2011 5-2 3-0 2-2 0-0
2010 2-4 1-1 0-1 1-2
2009 3-3 0-1 1-1 2-1
2008 2-4 1-2 0-0 1-2
2007 4-1 1-0 0-1 3-0
2006 4-1 1-0 1-0 2-1
2005 2-1 0-0 0-0 2-1
Totals 27-22 11-9 5-6 11-7

The Inside Edge-Arkansas State
Arkansas State is off to a hot start coming off a home sweep of Bradley. The Red Wolves scored 32 runs on 32 hits in the opening series led by five RBI each from Alex Potts and Stuart Levy. ASU worked 20 walks compared to 14 strikeouts in the opening games and slugged at a .469 clip. Of their 32 hits on opening weekend, 10 were doubles and Austin Baker hit a home run. Arkansas State committed one error over the weekend to bring a .991 fielding percentage into Tuesday's contest. On the mound, Arkansas State piled up 37 strikeouts while walking only seven opposing hitters. Overall, 11 pitchers saw action including three innings by Tuesday's scheduled starter Bradley Wallace.

Home Cooking
The Tigers open the 2013 schedule with 13 of their first 14 games at FedExPark. The U of M carries a 54-39 home record since the stadium became FedExPark in 2010. Coach Daron Schoenrock has guided the Tigers to a 116-114 record at home since taking over the program in 2005. After a rough 4-20 home record in 2005, Memphis has a 112-88 mark at home.

On This Date
Memphis carries a 3-4 record on Feb. 19. The Tigers have played on this date in each of the last three seasons, sporting a 1-2 record in those games. The U of M has dropped four of the last five on this date after winning the first two games on this date.

Getting Runners On Base
Last season, when Memphis had 14 or more runners reach base in a game, the Tigers had a record of 26-15. On the other side, when the U of M had 13 or fewer base runners in a game, Memphis had a 5-13 mark. So far in 2013, Memphis is 1-1 when 14 or more reach base and 0-1 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Four Score and ....
Since 1970, Memphis has an 847-180-1 (.824) record when opponents score four or fewer runs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock the Tigers are 116-38 (.753) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 1-0


2012 25-8 .758
2011 17-9 .607
2010 10-2 .833
2009 12-4 .750
2008 7-7 .500
2007 20-3 .870
2006 19-1 .950
2005 5-4 .556
Since 2005 116-38 .753
Since 1970 847-180-2 .824

Preseason Honors
Junior lefty Sam Moll was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA team, the first Tiger pitcher to gain this distinction since 2006. Moll picked up the same preseason honor from CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason C-USA team.

Preseason Poll
A preseason poll among Conference USA's nine head coaches tabbed the Tigers sixth this season. Rice was picked first followed by Southern Miss, East Carolina, UCF, Tulane, Memphis, Houston, UAB and Marshall.

Is Six The Magic Number?
If the Tigers get six runs on the board, the success of the team goes with it. Since 1970, the U of M is 886-217-1 (.803) when scoring six or more runs. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis sports a 155-79 (.662) record. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year   Record Pct.
2013 0-0


2012 25-7 .781
2011 23-5 .821
2010 23-12 .657
2009 13-10 .565
2008 12-7 .632
2007 22-13 .629
2006 27-11 .711
2005 10-14 .417
Since 2005 155-79 .662
Since 1970 886-217-1 .803

Experience Factor
Taking a look at the roster, there is a mix of experience and youth. Derrick Thomas (102) and Ethan Gross (102) offer the most starting experience. Ford Wilson is the only other player with more than a season (56 games) worth of experience as he has 58 career starts. Colton Simbeck has made 49 starts. The opening day lineup averaged of 31 starts among nine players.

Shortstop Ethan Gross made his 100th career start in the season opener on Friday. If Gross starts each game this season he could break the record for consecutive games started. He has started 96 consecutive games entering Tuesday. Gross has started every game since March 26, 2011 against East Carolina, the second game of the doubleheader.

Cardiac Kids
The Tigers played 22 nail biters last season and sported a 10-12 record in games decided by two runs or less. Memphis won 12-of-15 games down the stretch run last season and in those games, the Tigers were 8-2. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, Memphis is 85-104 in games decided by two runs or less.

Stick It To Cancer
The Cure BaseballThis season, Tiger baseball has teamed up with The Cure Baseball, to create awareness about cancer through the game of baseball. The Tigers are taking part in the Stick It To Cancer Campaign by placing The Cure Baseball's Logo sticker on the back of their batting helmets. The Tigers wear this sticker as a visual sign of support for every man, woman and child battling any and all types of cancer.

The Cure Baseball is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a goal of raising cancer awareness through the game of baseball. You can read more about the organization and its mission by visiting TheCureBaseball.org.



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