MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Winners of four-straight games, Memphis (5-3) hosts the defending Sun Belt Champions, UL Monroe (5-3) in a three game series at FedExPark. LHP Sam Moll (1-1, 2.45 ERA) takes the mound in game one Friday at 4 p.m. LHP Erik Schoenrock (0-0, 3.48 ERA) starts game two Saturday at 2 p.m. and LHP Alex Gunn (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to make a day full of Tigers Athletics on Saturday. Memphis football will have an open practice at 11 a.m. and admission to game two of the series at FedExPark will be FREE. Admission to games one and three will remain $5 for adults 13-and-up and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children ages five and under and U of M students with ID cards are admitted free.
Follow The Action 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.
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Four Straight Wins Against SEC Coming off a sweep of Missouri at FedExPark, the Tigers took momentum on the road and captured a fourth-straight SEC win by handing No. 8 Ole Miss its first loss. Dating back to the 2012 season, Memphis has won six of its last eight contests against SEC opponents and the U of M has four remaining battles against SEC members this year. With four-straight wins against SEC, Memphis has matched its win total against the conference in the last four seasons, combined. Below is a look at seasons in which Memphis won four games against SEC teams and the final record at years end.
Wins Vs SEC
Where Does It Rank? With the win at No. 8 Ole Miss, the Tigers claimed their third win all-time against the No. 8 ranked team. It was the first matchup against a No. 8 team since 2001 (Tulane) and the previous meetings came in 1985 and 1972. Previous to 2000, rankings reflected in year-by-year schedules show final rankings.
Rank and File Quietly, Memphis has won five of its last six games against top-10 foes. Tuesday's win at Ole Miss was the fourth-straight win against a top-10 opponent. The Tigers defeated No. 4 Rice in the C-USA Tournament and won games two and three of the series at No. 7 UCF in 2012. Previous to the UCF series, the U of M defeated then-ranked No. 7 Rice at FedExPark in the series finale, 6-2.
March Baseball The Tigers open play in March with a record of 67-87 in the month since 2005. Memphis turned in their best March record in 2007, including an impressive 10-1 record at home. The Tigers have played well at home in the month of March, compiling a record 13 games over .500. However, Memphis is only 14-45 in road contests since 2005. Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 321-183-1 (.637) in March.
A Familiar Face Look for Tiger alum Cory Barton in the third base dugout this weekend. Barton played two seasons at Memphis (2005-06) and was the first player signed by Head Coach Daron Schoenrock in 2005.
The Inside Edge - ULM Like Memphis, UL Monroe is coming off a victory over a ranked opponent. The Warhawks topped No. 24 Southern Miss on Tuesday to enter the weekend at 5-3 on the season. Offensively, ULM is hitting .235 with three home runs and 35 RBI. The Warhawks are led by Corben Green who hits at a .375 clip with a home run and seven RBI. Kodie Tidwell has a homer and seven RBI and hits .333. On the mound, ace Cale Wine has pitched a complete game already and added a 6.2 inning start in the season opener. Wine has yet to walk a batter and he has piled up 12 strikeouts with his 0.57 ERA. Overall, Warhawks pitching carries a 3.60 ERA and opposing hitters hit .282.
A Look Back Memphis and UL Monroe played a pair of midweek games last season in Monroe, La. The Warhawks won both games, edging the Tigers 5-4 in game one and picking up an 11-7 victory in game two. Below are career numbers against UL Monroe.
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 5-2 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 Run Around Memphis pitching has posted a 2.22 ERA so far allowing a total of 25 runs, 18 earned, in the first eight outings. Going back to 1978, there have been six occasions in which the pitching staff held the opposition to 25 or fewer runs over the first eight games. Prior to this season, the last time the Tigers achieved the feat was in 2004, allowing 19 runs. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 25 or fewer runs in first eight games and the win/loss record in those games.
Bullpen The Difference Memphis' bullpen has a 4-2 record with two saves so far and a 2.04 ERA. Through eight games, the Memphis bullpen hadn't posted an ERA under 4.50 since the 2008 season (4.15) prior to the start this season. Overall, the 2013 pitching staff has a 2.22 ERA, the best ERA among stats available dating back to 2008. In Tuesday's win at Ole Miss, five relievers combined for 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO.
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.
Saint Francis College
Outfield Assists Memphis has five outfield assists through eight games. Of the five outfield assists, two have been at the plate to end an inning. Two of the remaining outfield assists happened at first base, one a double play and the other assist retired a runner at second base. Five different players have registered outfield assists this season.
Four Score and .... Since 1970, Memphis has an 851-181-1 (.825) record when opponents score four or fewer runs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock the Tigers are 120-39 (.755) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs, 5-1 in 2013. Year-by-year breakdown is below:
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 and Cal are the only teams to have lefties start every game this season. California has started southpaws in their first eight games. Kentucky started lefties in their first six games, but a right-handed pitcher started on Tuesday in a midweek game. Only 12 other teams have started three lefties this year, but in their fourth game, a right-hander took the hill.
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:
Game Over Jonathan Van Eaton recorded his 10th career save on Tuesday at Ole Miss, his second of 2013. With four more saves, he would tie Matt Yokley for the school record. Van Eaton posted eight saves in 2012, one shy of the single-season record set by Yokley in 2007.
Stick It To Cancer This 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.