No. 8 Ole Miss Presents First Road Test for Tiger Baseball
Go Tigers!
Memphis hits the road for the first time to take on No. 8 Ole Miss tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Go Tigers!
Memphis hits the road for the first time to take on No. 8 Ole Miss tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Go Tigers!

Feb. 25, 2013


Game 8

 February 26, 2013 - Oxford, Miss.
Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

4-3 (0-0 C-USA)

Game 8 - Tuesday - 4:00 PM

Ole Miss

No. 8 Ole Miss
Rebels

7-0 (0-0 SEC)

LHP Michael Wills
0-0 0.00 ERA 
RHP Josh Laxer
0-0 1.80 ERA 
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OXFORD, Miss. - Coming off a three-game sweep of Missouri this weekend, Memphis (4-3) hits the road for the first time in 2013 to take on No. 8 Ole Miss (7-0) Tuesday in Oxford, Miss. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. with LHP Michael Wills (0-0, 0.00 ERA) scheduled to face RHP Josh Laxer (0-0, 1.80 ERA).

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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 ... Live video is available 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.

Series Sweep Over SEC Foe
Memphis completed a comeback in game two of the series with Missouri to clinch the three-game series and followed it up with an 8-2 victory on Sunday for the sweep. With the sweep, Memphis clinched its first three-game, series victory over a SEC foe since the 1981 squad swept Tennessee at Nat Buring Stadium.

On The Road Again
Memphis plays its first road game of 2013 on Tuesday at Ole Miss. Dating back to 1978, the Tigers carry a 299-408-1 record on the road. The Tigers haven't had a winning record on the road since 2006 (13-11), but the U of M was 13-13 in 2012. In the 35 year span, Memphis has posted a winning record on the road in 12 seasons, but only once since 1994.

Road Opener
Memphis is 15-20 since 1978 in the season's first road game. The Tigers have lost five of the last six road openers with three of those six losses coming at Ole Miss. Tuesday's game marks the third-straight road opener at Ole Miss and fourth since 2007. The Tigers average 6.17 runs per game in road openers since 1978, but since 2003, Memphis averages 4.30 runs in the first road game of the season.

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 4-2 when 14 or more reach base and 0-1 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game. The Tigers had 14 or more base runners in each game of the three-game sweep over Missouri last week.

The Inside Edge
Ole Miss is off to a 7-0 start in 2013. The Rebels have had a pair of 1-0 victories and five of the seven victories have been decided by three or fewer runs. Ole Miss is hitting at a .273 clip and scoring 5.71 runs per game behind a pitching staff that has posted a 1.43 ERA thus far. Auston Bousfield, Stuart Turner and Andrew Mistone pace the Rebels offense with a .333 average. Turner and Will Allen have the lone home runs for Ole Miss thus far and Turner has a team-high eight RBI. Bousfield (3-3) and Cameron Dishon (4-4) have helped Ole Miss out to a 12-13 start on stolen bases.

A Look Back
Memphis and Ole Miss have split the two-game, home-and-home series the past six series. Ethan Gross and Ford Wilson have played in three of those six seasons and are a combined 1-for-16 against the Rebels. Below is a look at numbers for returning players against Ole Miss in their respective careers.

Hitting Stats
Memphis H-AB Runs RBI
Tucker Tubbs 1-3 1 0
Ethan Gross 1-11 1 1
Keaton Aldridge 0-3 0 0
Carter White 2-3 0 0
Ford Wilson 0-5 0 0
Zach Willis 0-4 0 0
Totals 4-29 2 1
Pitching Stats
Memphis ERA/IP BB SO
Michael Wills 1.23/14.2 3 6
Jonathan Van Eaton 0.00/0.2 0 0
Heith Hatfield 8.59/7.1 7 7
Totals 6.75/12.0 10 13

The Run Around
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.11 ERA so far allowing a total of 22 runs, 15 earned, in the first seven outings. Going back to 1978, there have been eight occasions in which the pitching staff held the opposition to 22 or fewer runs over the first seven games. Prior to this season, the last time the Tigers achieved the feat was in 2004, allowing 17 runs. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 22 or fewer runs in first seven games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 32

22

4-3

2004 33 17 5-2
2001 44 20 6-1
1996 48 20 5-2
1989 41 15 7-0
1984 43 11 6-1
1983 40 6 7-0
1982 59 21 6-1
1981 45 13 7-0

Impressive Pitching
The Memphis pitching staff allowed only five runs in the three-game sweep of Missouri. Dating back to 1948, there have been eight occasions in which Memphis allowed five or fewer runs in a three game sweep. A three-game sweep of Murray State in 2004 marked the last time pitching allowed five or fewer in a sweep. The remaining occurrences are listed below.

Year   Opponent Series Score
2013 Missouri

19-5

2004 Murray State 21-5
1994 Cincinnati 36-5
1981 Tennessee 13-5
1977 Saint Louis 28-2
1975 NE Illinois 16-2
1974 Saint Francis College 22-1
1969 Quincy College 13-4

Bullpen The Difference?
Memphis' bullpen has a 3-2 record with one save so far and a 2.32 ERA. Through seven games, the Memphis bullpen hadn't posted an ERA under 4.00 since the 2008 season (3.29) prior to the start this season. Overall, the 2013 pitching staff has a 2.11 ERA, the best ERA among stats available dating back to 2008.

Strike Throwers
The Tiger pitching staff has started strong this season by attacking the strike zone. Having allowed 21 walks thus far, Memphis boasts a 3.43 strikeout to walk ratio. At this same point in last season (thru seven games), the U of M had a 2.14 strikeout to walk ratio.

Quartet of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all seven games this season. Looking at every Division I baseball squad, the Tigers are one of only three teams to have lefties start every game this season. California has started southpaws in their first eight games and Kentucky has started lefties in all six contests. Only 12 other teams have started three lefties this year, but in their fourth game, a right-hander took the hill.

Four Score and ....
Since 1970, Memphis has an 850-181-1 (.824) record when opponents score four or fewer runs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock the Tigers are 119-39 (.753) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 4-1

.800

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 119-39 .753
Since 1970 850-18-2 .824

Double Trouble
Drew Griffin is off to a hot start in his Tiger career as he has four doubles in seven games. With the four doubles, Griffin ranks tied for second among C-USA players. Three of his four doubles have been RBI doubles.

Ironman
Shortstop Ethan Gross made his 100th career start in the season opener last week and his 100th consecutive start on Sunday against Missouri. If Gross starts each game this season he could break the record for consecutive games started, which is held by Mike Dlugach (149). Gross has started every game since March 26, 2011 against East Carolina, the second game of the doubleheader.

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 888-217-1 (.803) when scoring six or more runs. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis sports a 157-79 (.663) record. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year   Record Pct.
2013 2-0

1.000

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 157-79 .665
Since 1970 888-217-1 .803

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 85-105 in games decided by two runs or less, 0-1 in 2013.

Tigers Vs. Ranked Foes
Memphis takes on its first ranked opponent of 2013 on Tuesday at Ole Miss. All-time, Memphis carries a record of 91-234-2 (.281) against ranked teams. Memphis takes on the No. 8 team in the nation for the first time since the May 2001 series at Tulane. The Green Wave swept the series and the Tigers are 2-5 all-time against teams ranked No. 8. The two wins came against Ole Miss, both in 1972. The Rebels are ranked No. 8 in the Baseball America poll, one of four polls used for rankings. Rankings previous to 2000 are final rankings for the season and ranking at time of competition could be higher or lower.

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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