Baseball Heads to Millington for 2010 USA College Classic
Feb. 25, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team will make the short trip north to Millington, Tenn. and USA Stadium to take on Toledo, Pittsburgh and Bradley in the round-robin 2010 USA College Classic. The Tigers will open the weekend up against Toledo on Fri., Feb. 26, before taking Pitt and Bradley on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Saturday, February 27, 2010 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:30 p.m.
Scouting the Tigers
The Tigers have six hitters with averages of .333 or better. Sophomore's Adam McClain and Jacob Wilson lead the way, hitting .583 and .538. Both have a team-high seven hits, while McClain has collected multiple hits in all three games. Sophomore Chad Zurcher and senior Tyler Huelsing both bat .455. Huelsing, a native of Munford, Tenn., paces the team with three doubles and four RBI. Sophomore outfielder Drew rounds out the Tigers' top five hitters with a .357 batting average.
On the mound, senior Brennon Martin was in usual form in last week's season opener. The southpaw from Memphis Harding Academy tossed seven shutout innings and fanned six. Senior Saturday starter Ryan Fraser was also strong in his 2010 debut. He scattered 10 hits and struck out six in 6.2 innings. Sophomore Heith Hatfield picked up the team's lone pitching win.
Scouting the Rockets
Junior Chris Dudics is the club's returning batting champ after hitting .386 a year ago. The Rockets return its power contributors from last year as well, in juniors Jared Hoying and Dan Sherwood. Each hit a team-high 11 homers in 2009. Senior Tim Krofcheck is back after hitting .303 and swiping 12 bases in 51 starts. Sophomore Joe Corfman had a solid freshman campaign, hitting .314 with 30 RBI and 11 doubles.
The Rocket's pitching staff will be led by Second Team All-MAC selection Matt Kuna. In 12 starts, Kuna logged 61.2 innings and struck out 44. He finished the year with a 4.23 ERA and a 5-2 record. He will get help from relievers Matt Zahel and Jacob Bernath. Bernath made a staff-best 25 appearances, while Zahel was 2-0 with nine saves in 19 relief outings.
All-Time Series vs. Toledo
Scouting the Panthers
Coached by former Tiger Brandon Rowan, the Panthers pitching staff held Wofford to a .264 batting average last week and struck out 32 batters. All three Pitt starters were strong in their season debut. Nathan hood struck out seven in six innings, while Matt Iannazzo, Saturday's starter versus Memphis, fanned seven and gave up just five hits in 5.1 innings to pick up a win. Corey Baker also recorded a victory after striking out nine in seven innings.
All-Time Series vs. Pitt
Scouting the Braves
Sophomore pitcher Joe Bircher will lead the club into the 2010 season after leading the pitching staff with a 3.39 ERA, 63.2 innings pitches and a 4-2 record last year.
Catcher Kevin Sullivan and infielder Matt Fritz return as the top offensive leaders. Sullivan hit .227 with 15 RBI, while Fritz ended the year with a .272 average, 15 RBI and eight doubles.
All-Time Series vs. Bradley