March 8, 2012
WACO, Texas - The University of Memphis baseball team continues a five-game road trip with its first weekend series on the road as the Tigers travel to Waco, Texas for a three-game series with Baylor. The Tigers take on Baylor on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas.
Live stats for each game are available at GoTigersGo.com. Video/audio is available for the weekend series audio/video at BaylorBears.com.
The Tigers carry a 390-265 record in games played in March since the 1977 season. Memphis has had one season above the .500 mark under head coach Daron Schoenrock, an 11-10 record for the NCAA Regional team in 2007. Under Schoenrock the Tigers are 58-76 in March.
Starting off 1-2
Memphis opened the season with a 1-2 record for the 17th time in program history. Memphis finished with a winning record in nine of the 16 seasons after starting 1-2.
The Series With Baylor
The Tigers and Baylor are set to meet for the first time since the 1997 season. Baylor carries a 4-2 edge in the series and the Bears lead 2-1 in games played in Waco, Texas. The three games in Waco, Texas, have been high scoring affairs as Baylor claimed 16-2 and 22-3 wins while the Tigers win at Baylor was a 19-14 triumph.
The Inside Edge - Baylor
Baylor carries a 9-6 record into the weekend series with the Tigers. Baylor, like Memphis, is riding a three-game losing streak heading into Friday's game. The Bears were shutout by Michigan State, 4-0, on Wednesday and dropped Tuesday's game at TCU 9-4. Last weekend, Baylor won two games against UC-Irvine, but dropped two against Lamar. At the plate, Baylor is hitting .274 on the season with Lawton Langford leading the charge with a .390 average. Baylor has hit three home runs this season, led by Max Muncy's two homers. Josh Ludy leads the club with 12 RBI on the season. On the mound, starters Josh Turley (1.72) and Trent Blank (0.81) have helped Baylor to a 3.75 staff ERA.
Quality Starting Pitching
Thirteen games into the season, Memphis has nine quality starts from five different pitchers. The Tigers have a quality start in seven of the last nine games, but the starter has wins in just three of those nine.
Eighth Inning Troubles
Memphis pitchers have struggled this season in the eighth inning as the staff has a 9.69 ERA. In the 13 games, Memphis has allowed 16 runs, 14 earned, on 24 hits. Opponents have three doubles, two triples and a home run off Tiger pitchers in the eighth. Ole Miss scored five runs in the eighth to take a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Feb. 28. Mississippi State scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game 6-6, but the Tigers escaped with a 7-6 win on Feb. 29.
The Tigers have recorded 34 doubles already this season, averaging nearly three per game. Eli Hynes leads the team with six doubles on the year and Derrick Thomas has added five. Memphis has recorded two or more doubles in 11 of 13 games including the first 10 in a row.
Good Start, But What About Finish?
Last season, the Tigers pounced on opponents early, outscoring its opponents 156-81 in the first three innings. In the sixth through the final out, Memphis was outscored 156-115. So far in 2012, Memphis is outscoring opponents 28-22 in the first three, but opponents have outscored the Tigers 32-23 after the fifth.
Tigers Get First SEC Road Win Since 2008
Memphis' 7-6 win at Mississippi State on Feb. 29 was the Tigers first road win against an SEC opponent since the Tigers defeated Georgia 7-6 in 2008. The win also marked the first for the Tigers in Starkville since the Tigers won 3-2 on Feb. 27, 1996. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the Tigers are 2-16 in non-conference road games against SEC foes. The other victory was a 2-0 win at Alabama in 2006.
The Tigers played several nail bitters last season and in games decided by two runs or less, Memphis finished 9-14, 7-6 in league play. The Tigers had five come-from-behind wins and nine one run losses. The Tigers are 1-3 in games decided by two runs or less this season.
Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. Wilson broke into the top-10 in hits as he now has 196 in his career. McClain is just outside the top-10 with 192 career hits. Wilson has 50 career doubles which is fourth all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (181) and McClain (176) could each eclipse the top-five with 35 games played this season. With 30-plus RBI this season, Wilson could inch closer to the top-five in the category with 134 on his career.
Since the 2005 season, the Tigers are 57-90 in road games. The last time Memphis had a winning record on the road came back in the 2006 season when the Tigers were 13-11.
Memphis vs. Ranked Opponents
A five-run eighth inning by No. 16 Ole Miss was the difference in the Tigers first game against a ranked foe this season. Memphis is 80-227 against ranked foes all-time and the last win versus a ranked team came on May 14, 2011 as the Tigers beat No. 19 Rice 5-3.
Replacing The 1-2 Punch
Entering the 2012 season, one of the biggest concerns will be replacing the offensive production at the top of the order left by the departure of draft picks Drew Martinez and Chad Zurcher. The duo combined to hit over .380 last season and scored over 100 runs. Ethan Gross and Adam McClain have been in the 1 and 2 spots in the lineup in 11 of 13 games this season and the duo has combined to go 28-for-89 (.315) with a six doubles, 10 RBI, 19 runs scored, seven walks and three steals.
Memphis is 88-135 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 79-103 since. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 34-28 following a loss. This season, the Tigers are 4-3 following a loss.
Help Choose Player/Pitcher of the Game
This season, each game recap on GoTigersGo.com will feature a player and pitcher of the game. Fans can help choose the Player and Pitcher of the game by nominating a student-athlete on Twitter, Facebook or via the live chat. Tweet your nomination to @UofMBaseball on twitter or post a comment on the game thread on the Facebook page for the Memphis Baseball Team (Facebook.com/MemphisBaseball). There will be a running list of winners here on each set of game notes.
Pitcher of the Game
2/17 Tyler Farley (3.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K)
2/18 Dan Langfield (7.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
2/19 Jonathan Van Eaton (1.0 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 0BB, 0K)
2/24 Patrick Bailey (2.1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 0BB, 3K)
2/25 Dan Langfield (8.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 5H, 1BB, 11K)
2/26 Sam Moll (6.0 IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 1BB, 2K)
2/28 Michael Wills (6.0, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K)
2/29 Chase Joiner (7 IP, 2R, 2ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K)
3/2 Sam Moll (7 IP, 6 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 9 K)
3/3 Dan Langfield (7 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 9 K)
3/4 Patrick Bailey (5.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
3/6 Michael Wills (7.0 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)
3/7 J.D. Wallace (1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1BB, 1K)
Player of the Game
2/17 Adam McClain (3-4, 2B, RBI)
2/18 Jacob Wilson (2-3, HR, 3R, 4 RBI)
2/19 Adam McClain (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI)
2/24 T.J. Rich (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
2/25 Zach Willis (2-2, 2B, 2R)
2/26 Eli Hynes (3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI)
2/28 T.J. Rich (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI)
2/29 Jacob Wilson (4-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI)
3/2 Sam Moll (7 IP, 6 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 9 K)
3/3 Derrick Thomas (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3/4 Adam McClain (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
3/6 Eli Hynes (3-5, 2 RBI)
3/7 Eli Hynes (4-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
The Tigers return to FedExPark for an eight-game homestand. Memphis and Austin Peay makeup the rainout from Feb. 22 with a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday at FedExPark.