Baseball Heads to Georgia for Weekend Series
March 7, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. -
After playing the first 10 games of the 2008 season in the Memphis area, Head Coach Daron Schoenrock and his young Tiger baseball squad will hit the road for the first time this weekend when they travel to Athens, Ga., for a three-game weekend series versus the Georgia Bulldogs, Mar. 7-9.
First pitch for Friday night's series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday's game time is slated for 3 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
As has been the case with each of Memphis' last two opponents-Ohio University and Creighton-there is no history between the Tigers and Bulldogs. This weekend's series marks the first time the two institutions have ever met on the baseball diamond.
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About the Tigers
The Tiger have struggled offensively, mainly due to the fact that Schoenrock starts relative rookies all the way around the diamond. With the exception of senior centerfielder K.K. Chalmers and senior catcher Chris Kirkland, no Tiger starter has seen as much as half a season of action at the Division I level.
Trey Wiedman leads the Tiger offense that hits just .260 on the year. The redshirt sophome hits .389 and is on pace to break the Memphis single-season home runs record with four through 10 games. He leads the team with 10 RBI. JUCO transfer Brett Bowen is next, hitting .342, while freshman Robby Graham bats .308. Chalmers has two triples and is 7-for-8 in stolen bases.
The mound is the strong point of the Tiger roster. Led by Scott McGregor's staff-low 1.46 ERA, Memphis pitchers have put together a 4.70 ERA. McGregor is joined by freshman Ryan Holland for the staff lead with 12 strikeouts. Senior middle reliever Neil Schenk has given the Tigers three solid outings, registering a save and seven K's in six innings. He has a 1.50 ERA. Matt Yokley has a 0.00 ERA with two saves and six strikeouts in three appearances.
Scoutin' the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs opened the season with back-to-back wekend series vs. No. 1 Arizona and No. 12 and reigning national champ Oregon State. Despite losing both sets, Georgia did come away with a pair of wins, including a 9-7 victory over the top-ranked Wildcats in the season-opener and a 12-5 win over OSU. The Bulldogs have won two of the last three, including a 19-1 beat-down of Jacksonville State on Wednesday.
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