Feb. 23, 2012
|Probable Starting Pitchers
|Game 1 - Friday 4 p.m.
||RHP Clayton Gant (MEM) vs. RHP Josh Carr (KSU)
|Game 2 - Saturday 2 p.m.
||RHP Dan Langfield (MEM) vs. RHP Steve Janas (KSU)
|Game 3 - Sunday 1 p.m.
||LHP Sam Moll (MEM) vs. RHP Alan Busenitz (KSU)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tiger Baseball readies for the second weekend series of the season as Kennesaw State is slated to visit FedExPark for a three-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m. Game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and the series finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Friday and Saturday’s game will be carried live on WUMR 91.7 FM with play-by-play by Jeff Brightwell. Live 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-game series can be seen on GoTigersGo.com.
Since Memphis first played a February home game in the 1984 season, the Tigers have an impressive 53-20-1 record in February home games. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis is 9-4 in February home games, including a perfect 3-0 mark last season. Overall, the U of M carries a 101-63-1 record in February games.
On This Date.....
Memphis has played 12 games on Feb. 24 and carries a 9-3 record into Friday’s match up with Kennesaw State. The Tigers last played on Feb. 24 at Murray State in the 2009 season (4-14, L). The last win on Feb. 24 came in the 2008 season against Air Force, a 4-3 victory in the Service Academies Classic.
The Tigers have played 16 contests on Feb. 25 and sport a 12-4 record on the date. Memphis has won four-straight games on the date dating back to the 2005 season. The U of M won 5-4 at Kennesaw State last year on Feb. 25.
On Feb. 26, the U of M sits at 9-7 having lost two-straight on the date. A narrow 2-1 loss last year at Kennesaw State dropped the Tigers to 9-7 on Feb. 26. The Tigers last earned a win on the date in the 2008 season against UT Martin (10-7).
Starting off 1-2
Memphis carries a 1-2 record into the second weekend of the season. The Tigers are 1-2 after the first three games for the 17th time since 1948, first since 2010. Memphis finished with a winning record in nine of the 16 seasons after starting 1-2.
The Series With Kennesaw State
Memphis and Kennesaw State played one another on the diamond for the first time last season in Kennesaw, Ga. The Tigers left the Atlanta area with a 2-1 series win, but runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings proved the difference in each game. Dan Langfield recorded 16 strikeouts in the series opener and earned the win. In game two, Ryan Holland threw eight innings, but was saddled with a 5-4 loss. In the series finale, Clayton Gant tossed five innings and picked up his first win for the Tigers.
The Inside Edge - Kennesaw State
Kennesaw State, fresh off a 14-2 win at Alabama State, carries a 2-2 record into the weekend series against the Tigers at FedExPark. The Owls hit .241 as a club with outfielder Aaron Dobbs pacing the everyday players with a .357 batting average. Fellow preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection Ronnie Freeman is hitting .143 in the first four games, but he has one home run and six RBI. On the mound, Kennesaw State returned a trio of top rotation pitchers in Josh Carr, Stephen James and Zak Griffith. On the season, Kennesaw State has a 2.25 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 14 walks.
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 nine one run losses. The Tigers are 0-1 in games decided by two runs or less this season.
The Tigers open the 2012 schedule with 10 of their first 12 games at FedExPark. The U of M carries a 39-26 home record since the stadium became FedExPark in 2010. Coach Daron Schoenrock has guided the Tigers to a 100-101 record at home since taking over the program in 2005. After a rough 4-20 home record in 2005, Memphis has a 96-81 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. So far in 2012, Memphis is outscoring opponents 8-4 in the first three, but opponents have outscored the Tigers 8-5 after the fifth inning.
Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. Wilson (187) and McClain (180) are 13th and 14th, respectively, in career hits. Wilson has 48 career doubles which ties for fourth all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (168) and McClain (163) 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 with 129 on his career.
Top Performers of the Weekend
Looking at stats from the series against SIU-Edwardsville, the performances by Adam McClain, Derrick Thomas and Jacob Wilson stand out. The trio all hit above .400 in the three games and provided 11 of Memphis’ 19 RBI. The three players also scored 10 of the Tigers’ 20 runs and hit two home runs. McClain had two steals and Derrick Thomas added his first career steal.
On the mound, Dan Langfield’s seven shutout innings in the start Saturday stood out. The junior struck out seven, walked two and allowed just two hits. Out of the bullpen, Tyler Farley made two appearances, totaling four innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four.
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. Ethan Gross and Adam McClain were in the 1 and 2 spots in the lineup for the opening weekend and the duo combined to go 10-for-21 (.476) with a double, three RBI, eight runs scored, four walks and two steals.
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.
Pitcher of the Game
2/17 Tyler Farley (3.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K)
2/18 Dan Langfield (7.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
2/19 Jonathan Van Eaton (1.0 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 0BB, 0K)
Player of the Game
2/17 Adam McClain (3-4, 2B, RBI)
2/18 Jacob Wilson (2-3, HR, 3R, 4 RBI)
2/19 Adam McClain (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI)
Tigers With RISP
In the opening weekend, Memphis hit 12-for-42 (.286) with runners in scoring position (RISP). Taking away Saturday’s win where the Tigers went 5-for-11 with RISP, Memphis is hitting 7-for-31 (.226) on the young season. Looking closer, the Tigers hit 3-for-16 (.188) with two outs and runners in scoring position.
The Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season with an 11-2 victory on Saturday over SIU-Edwardsville. Memphis is 85-132 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 76-100. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 31-25 following a loss.
The Tigers hit the road for the first time in 2012 with SEC games at Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Memphis visits Ole Miss on Tuesday for a 3 pm contest and travels to Mississippi State on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match up.