Feb. 18, 2014
|| Memphis at No. 7 Mississippi State
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| LHP Caleb Wallingford
(1-0, 0.00 ERA)
RHP Ben Bracewell
(1-0, 0.00 ERA)
|Junior LHP Caleb Wallingford will make his first start for the Tigers. Memphis is 6-16 in games at Mississippi State, but won the last meeting, 4-3.
Memphis is in its 101st year of baseball with a record of 1689-1272-16.
Ironman SS Ethan Gross has started in a program-record 155 consecutive games.
Senior 2B Zach Willis was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll.
2B Zach Willis led the Tigers, going 6-for-10 (.600) with two RBI in the opening weekend.
Freshmen Darien Tubbs (CF) and Zach Schritenthal (3B) made starts for the Tigers.
The Tigers are 3-0 to start a season for the 22nd time since 1948 and first since 2011.
Memphis' bullpen was 2-0 with three saves and a 0.61 ERA in 14.2 IP last weekend.
Mississippi State leads the series 32-10 dating back to 1978.
Memphis is 6-16 since 1978 in games at Mississippi State, winning last meeting 4-3.
The Tigers have a record of 91-240-2 (.275) against top-30 teams.
Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 16-20 in the first road test of the season.
The Tigers are 112-68-1 in February games, 34-24 under coach Daron Schoenrock.
Memphis has 17 games scheduled against teams that competed in 2013 NCAA Tournament.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Coming off a trip to the College World Series and an appearance in the National Championship Series, Mississippi State started the season 2-1.
The Bulldogs hosted a three-game set with Western Carolina and took games two and three of the series.
The veteran-laden team was led offensively by C.T. Bradford and Brett Pirtle who each went 4-for-11. Pirtle had a triple and three RBI in the series while Bradford had two RBI.
On the mound, Mississippi State posted a 2.00 ERA in the first weekend and Jonathan Holder earned one save. The staff struck out 34 hitters and walked 14.
Memphis and Mississippi State meet for the 43rd time since 1978.
The Bulldogs hold a commanding 32-10 edge in the series and have won six of the last seven.
Memphis has four wins in the 26 meetings since 1996.
The Tigers are 6-16 in games at Mississippi State since 1978, but edged the Bulldogs 4-3 at Dudy Noble Field in the last meeting (2/29/12).
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock was an Assistant Coach from 2002-04 for the Bulldogs.
The ties go further in that Coach Schoenrock coached Mississippi State Head Coach John Cohen on the 1987 Bryan Packers, a summer league team in Mississippi.
Schoenrock recruited and coached Bulldogs Associate Head Coach Butch Thompson at Birmingham Southern in 1991 and 1992.
Thompson then joined the coaching staff at Birmingham Southern for the 1994-96 seasons alongside Schoenrock.
The ties don't end there as Memphis Associate Head Coach Russ McNickle also spent time at Mississippi State. McNickle was an assistant coach from 2001-08 for the Bulldogs..
The perfect start to the season is the first since 2011 and the 22nd time a Memphis team has started 3-0 since 1948.
The Tigers improved to 4-0 in 11 of the 21 seasons that it started 3-0.
In each of the 21 seasons the Tigers started 3-0, Memphis finished .500 or better. Only the 1956 squad posted a .500 record (5-5) after starting 3-0.
The year and record in which the Tigers started 3-0: 2011 (30-27), 2006 (32-28), 2001 (34-24), 1994 (52-11), 1991 (30-24), 1989 (32-23), 1986 (40-16), 1985 (36-11), 1984 (26-15), 1983 (33-12), 1982 (32-10), 1981, (48-11), 1976 (32-11), 1974 (24-22), 1972 (19-14), 1966 (18-10-1), 1963 (17-6), 1962 (13-5), 1956 (5-5) and 1951 (8-4).
FOUR SCORE AND....
Memphis pitching held Western Michigan to two runs in all three games of the series sweep.
Dating back to 1970, the Tigers have an 876-191-1 (.821) record when opponents score four or fewer runs.
Under Coach Schoenrock, the U of M sports a 145-49 (.768) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Wednesday's game is the first road test for the Tigers.
Memphis carries a record of 310-418-1 on the road since 1978.
The Tigers won their road opener last season, a 4-3 victory at No. 8 Ole Miss.
The 2013 season also marked the first time the Tigers posted a winning record on the road since 2006.