March 4, 2014
|| Memphis at No. 15 Ole Miss
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Memphis is in its 101st year of baseball with a record of 1676-1273-16.
The Tigers are receiving votes (RV) in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the NCBWA Poll this week.
Ironman SS Ethan Gross has started in a program-record 163 consecutive games.
3B Drew Griffin was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .333 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and 4 R last week.
The Tigers are 10-1 to start a season, the best start since 1994.
Memphis' bullpen has a 4-0 record with 9 SV in 40.2 IP and an ERA of 1.77.
Tigers have won three-straight versus Ole Miss. Only twice since 1978 have the Tigers won four-straight.
Ole Miss leads the series 52-35 dating back to 1978, but Memphis has won five of the last seven meetings.
Wednesday's game is the 12th in the last 41 meetings with Ole Miss (dating back to 1994) in which the Tigers have fewer losses or are equal in the loss column to the Rebels.
The Tigers are 13-35 against the SEC since 2005, but have won seven of their last nine against SEC foes.
Memphis has six road wins against SEC foes dating back to 2005 and four of the six have come since 2012.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
Ole Miss enters the fourth week of the season with an impressive 11-1 record, ranked No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Rebels went 5-0 last week with four wins coming in walk-off fashion.
Ole Miss swept UCF over the weekend after taking two midweek games against UL-Monroe.
The Rebels are hitting .324 as a club with 10 home runs and 64 RBI, averaging over 11 hits per game with 22 stolen bases.
Auston Bousfield leads the squad, hitting .404 with two home runs and 10 RBI.
Will Allen has a team-high three home runs and 18 RBI, sporting a .646 slugging percentage.
On the mound, the Rebels have an impressive 1.75 ERA with 96 strikeouts against 30 walks in 113 innings.
Ole Miss holds a 52-35 advantage in the series dating back to 1978, but Memphis has won three-straight meetings between the two sides and five of the last seven.
Since 1978, the Tigers are 15-31 in games played at Oxford.
Memphis is one of 18 teams in NCAA D-1 to have 10 or more wins this season.
Ole Miss is another one of the 18 clubs with 10-plus wins setting up a big matchup on Wednesday.
Memphis is off to a 10-1 start for the first time since 1994.
The Tigers started 5-0 for the first time since 2001, before Samford handed the U of M its first loss.
Memphis has started 10-1 only 12 times, including this season.
The Tigers already have nine saves on the young season, chasing the record of 19 set a season ago.
In the record setting 2013 season for saves, Memphis posted its ninth save on April 6 in game No. 30.
Since saves appeared in the yearly stats in 1977, the Tigers have matched or bettered the season total of 19 clubs.