Tigers Travel to Alabama for Pair of Midweek Games
Go Tigers! Jake Little was 6-for-12 with 2 2B, 2 HR, and 7 RBI in series against Buffalo
Go Tigers!
Jake Little was 6-for-12 with 2 2B, 2 HR, and 7 RBI in series against Buffalo
Go Tigers!

March 11, 2013


Games 15-16

 March 12-13, 2013 - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

9-5 (0-0 C-USA)

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Game 15 - Tuesday - 6:05 PM

Alabama

Alabama
Crimson Tide

8-7 (0-0 SEC)

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LHP Alex Gunn
(0-1 0.69 ERA)

 
(0-0 0.00 ERA)
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Game 16 - Wednesday - 6:05 PM
LHP Michael Wills
(0-0 2.89 ERA)

(0-0 0.00 ERA) 

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Winners of four-straight games against the SEC this season, Memphis (9-5) travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on Alabama (8-7) in a two-game midweek series. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. 

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March Baseball
The Tigers have a record of 71-89 in the month of March 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 12 games over .500. However, Memphis is only 14-45 in road contests since 2005. Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 325-185-1 (.637) in March.

Year  All Home  Away  Neutral
2013 4-2 4-2 -- --
2012 8-11 7-6 1-5 0-0
2011 8-9 7-5 1-3 0-1
2010 9-10 8-4 1-6 0-0
2009 7-12 6-4 1-8 0-0
2008 9-11 7-5 2-5 0-1
2007 11-10 10-1 1-9 0-0
2006 9-11 5-7 4-4 0-0
2005 6-13 3-8 3-5 0-0
Totals 71-89 57-42 14-45 0-2

Ducks on the Pond
Memphis has had 24 official at-bats with the bases full this season. The Tigers have mustered four hits in the situation, but have left the bases loaded in the last two losses. Bryce Beeler hit a bases clearing double in game two of the series against Buffalo for the Tigers fourth hit with the bases juiced. Ford Wilson (1-for-3), Nate Rupiper (1-for-3) and Corey Chafin (1-for-1) have the other three Tiger hits with ducks on the pond this season.

Four-Straight SEC Wins
The Tigers handed No. 8 Ole Miss its first loss of 2013 on Feb. 26 for the fourth-straight win versus SEC opponents. 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. 

The Inside Edge - Alabama
Alabama has dropped six of their last seven games entering Tuesday’s match up, but the Crimson Tide enter the contest with an 8-7 record. Over the weekend, Alabama was swept at Louisville, but it took the top-10 ranked Louisville squad extra-innings to dispatch the Crimson Tide. Offensively, Alabama hits at a .226 clip and Brett Booth leads the club with a .298 average. Booth has two of Alabama’s four home runs and has added 10 RBI. Ben Moore has the other two home runs along with a team-high 11 RBI. The Crimson Tide have stolen 22 bases on 26 attempts led by five steals each from Georgie Salem and Moore. On the mound, Alabama sports a 3.40 ERA with 130 strikeouts to 69 walks.

Stats vs. SEC 
Below is a look at career stats for each Tiger in games against the SEC.

Hitting Stats
Memphis H-AB (AVG) Runs RBI
Nate Rupiper 6-10 (.600) 3 2
Carter White 6-13 (.462) 2 1
Keaton Aldridge 6-19 (.316) 5 2
Jake Little 4-13 (.308) 4 2
Ethan Gross 14-57 (.246) 5 8
Bryce Beeler 3-13 (.231) 4 0
Tucker Tubbs 5-23 (.217) 4 4
Zach Willis 4-27 (.148) 2 1
Drew Griffin 2-14 (.141) 2 2
Totals 57-218 (.261) 33 25
Pitching Stats
Memphis ERA/IP BB SO
Alex Gunn 0.00/4.0 0 2
Conner Porter 0.00/3.0 1 4
Craig Caufield 0.00/1.0 2 2
Jacob Moody 0.00/1.0 2 1
Colin Lee 0.00/0.1 0 0
Blake Myers 0.00/0.1 1 0
Sam Moll 1.05/17.2 9 20
Jonathan Van Eaton 1.48/6.1 2 6
Jon Reed 2.25/4.0 0 3
Dylan Toscano 4.39/4.1 2 4
Erik Schoenrock 4.47/14.1 14 11
Heith Hatfield 5.21/9.0 13 20
Michael Wills 5.98/30.1 8 13
Clayton Gant 99.00/0.1 1 0
Totals 4.08/106.0 55 86

On The Road Again
Having struggled on the road in the month of March (14-45 since 2005), the Tigers hit the road for two of six road games this month. Dating back to 1978, the Tigers carry a 300-408-1 record on the road. The Tigers haven’t had a winning record on the road since 2006 (13-11), but the U of M was 13-13 in 2012. In the 35 year span, Memphis has posted a winning record on the road in 12 seasons, but only once since 1994.

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 8-4 when 14 or more reach base and 1-1 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.
Outfield Assists Memphis has six outfield assists through 14 games. Of the six 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 two other assists retired a runner at second base. Jake Little has two of the six assists while four other players have one each.

Ironman
Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 107 consecutive starts dating back to the second game of a doubleheader at East Carolina on March 26, 2011. If Gross starts each scheduled game this season he would tie the record for consecutive games started, which is held by Mike Dlugach (149).

One Hit Away
In all five of Memphis’ losses this season, the tying run has been on base, at the plate or on deck. In the season opening loss to Illinois State, the tying run was on deck, but in the other four losses, the tying run stood on the diamond. In the 10 inning loss to Arkansas State, the tying run was on third. In the last two losses, Memphis has had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.

The Run Around
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.32 ERA so far allowing a total of 47 runs, 33 earned, in the first 14 outings. Going back to 1978, there have been four other occasions in which the pitching staff held the opposition to 50 or fewer runs over the first 14 games. Prior to this season, the last time the Tigers achieved the feat was in 1984, allowing 34 runs. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 50 or fewer runs in first 14 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 43

33

7-4

2004 61 29 9-2
1984 91 23 10-1
1983 83 27 10-1
1982 80 25 10-1
1981 99 28 11-0

Bullpen The Difference?
Memphis’ bullpen has a 4-3 record with four saves so far and a 2.89 ERA. Through 14 games, the Memphis bullpen hadn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since the 2008 season (4.38) prior to the start this season. Overall, the 2013 pitching staff has a 2.32 ERA, the best ERA among stats available dating back to 2008.

Quartet of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all 14 games this season. Looking at every Division I baseball squad, the Tigers are the only team to have a lefty start every game this season. California started southpaws in their first 10 games. Kentucky started lefties in their first six games, but a right-handed pitcher started in each team’s next contest. Only 12 other teams started three lefties to start the season, but in their fourth game, a right-hander took the hill.

Four Score and…
Since 1970, Memphis has an 855-181-1 (.825) record when opponents score four or fewer runs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock the Tigers are 124-39 (.761) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs, 9-1 in 2013. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 9-1

.900

2012 25-8 .758
2011 17-9 .607
2010 10-2 .833
2009 12-4 .750
2008 7-7 .500
2007 20-3 .870
2006 19-1 .950
2005 5-4 .556
Since 2005 124-39 .761
Since 1970 855-180-2 .825

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 890-218-1 (.803) when scoring six or more runs. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis sports a 159-80 (.665) record. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 4-1

.800

2012 25-7 .781
2011 23-5 .821
2010 23-12 .657
2009 13-10 .565
2008 12-7 .632
2007 22-13 .629
2006 27-11 .711
2005 10-14 .417
Since 2005 159-80 .665
Since 1970 890-218-1 .803

Game Over
Jonathan Van Eaton recorded his 12th career save on Saturday against ULM, his fourth of 2013. With three more saves, he would pass 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.

Record Pace
Not only does the Tiger pitching staff sport an outstanding 2.07 ERA, the U of M pitchers are on a record pace for strikeouts and hits allowed in a season. The table below shows where the Tiger pitchers stack up against the record numbers.

Strikeouts

Year Numbers

Games

Average

2013 132 14 9.43
Top Five In Record Book
2010 462 58 7.97
1999 435 55 7.91
2011 434 57 7.61
2004 433 57 7.60
2008 417 55 7.58
Hits Allowed
Year Number Games Average
2013 103 14 7.36
Top Five In Record Book
1986 379 56 6.77
1993 407 57 7.14
1992 423 51 8.29
1997 439 51 8.61
1981 443 59 7.51

Stick It To Cancer
The Cure BaseballThis 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.


 

 

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