Baseball to Host UT-Martin in Home-Opener
Feb. 26, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head Coach Daron Schoenrock and the Memphis Tigers will open it home schedule Tuesday afternoon, when they play host to the UT-Martin Skyhawks. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium.
The Tigers come into Tuesday's game with a week of action under their belts. Memphis went 3-1 and took home its first Service Academies Classic championship in 11 years. Senior shortstop Michael Murray was named MVP of the Classic, while Joey Lieberman and Matt Yokley were named to the All-tournament team. Those three weren't the only Tigers that have excelled in the opening week of play. Senior Ben Grisham batted .429 with three RBI, including a game-winning sac fly against BYU, a double, triple and a save on the mound. Junior K.K. Chalmers swiped three bags this week, moving him eight stolen bases from the Tigers' all-time stolen base record. Senior second baseman Bill Moss stroked his 41st and 42nd career doubles to move into fifth-place all-time at Memphis.
The Tiger pitching staff yielded a 1.61 ERA and held opponents to a .147 batting average in the three games in Millington. Five of the eight pitchers that saw action this weekend held the opponents scoreless. In his first career start, redshirt freshman Marc Ashley allowed one hit in a 5.2-inning outing against Missouri. Lance Scoggins and Will Hudgens held the opposition hitless in their appearances. Junior transfer Mark Doll was solid in the Tiger debut. He struck out four and held Akron scoreless and picked up the win in 4.2 innings of relief. Yokley's outing was nearly identical to Doll's as he tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win against BYU. The Collierville High product fanned five and held the Cougars to just two hits.
UT-Martin is 1-4 with its lone win coming in a 3-2 win against Bradley on Feb. 25. Junior outfield Kyle Dudley leads the team with a .500 (9-for-18) average, seven runs scored and 14 total bases. Shortstop Lance Renton, who was a prep teammate of Memphis first baseman Adam Amar, is tied for the team lead with four RBI and is second on the squad with five hits. The Skyhawk offense is hitting .268 as a team.
The UTM pitching staff has a 9.71 ERA and opponents are hitting .371 against them. Ace Ryan Rockholt is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and seven strikeouts to lead the staff. Adam Bowker and Chad Cameron each have ERA's of 3.00 or lower, but neither has worked more than three innings. Tuesday's starter Adam Ledlow is 0-1 with a 15.00 ERA. Opposing hitters are batting .333 against him in three innings of work.
Memphis is 27-3 all-time against UT-Martin--its best winning percentage against any opponent. Dating back to the 2001 season, the Tigers have won 11-straight against the Skyhawks. Memphis swept last year's season series, with a 9-7 win in the 2006 home-opener. It took Memphis 11 innings to come away with a 5-4 win at Union City the last time the two teams met on the diamond.