Kent State Represents Tigers Final Weekend Test Before Conference Play
Go Tigers! Alex Gunn (1-1, 0.45 ERA) will make his third start in eight days when he takes the mound on Sunday at 12:30 PM
Go Tigers!
Alex Gunn (1-1, 0.45 ERA) will make his third start in eight days when he takes the mound on Sunday at 12:30 PM
Go Tigers!

March 14, 2013


Games 17-19

 March 15-17, 2013 - Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

10-6 (0-0 C-USA)

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Game 17 - Friday - 6:30 PM

Kent State

Kent State
Flashes

4-10 (0-0 MAC)

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LHP Sam Moll
(3-1 1.88 ERA)

RHP Tyler Skulina 
(0-1 6.55 ERA)
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Game 18 - Saturday - 2:00 PM
LHP Erik Schoenrock
(2-0 2.05 ERA)
RHP Taylor Williams
(2-1 2.48 ERA) 

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Game 19 - Sunday - 12:30 PM
LHP Alex Gunn
(1-1 0.45 ERA)
RHP Casey Wilson
(1-2 6.53 ERA) 
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FedExPark

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – In the final weekend tune-up before Conference USA play, Memphis (10-6) welcomes 2012 NCAA College World Series participant Kent State (4-10) to FedExPark for a three-game series.

Due to travel plans for Kent State, the series schedule was altered a bit as Sunday’s series finale will begin at 12:30 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 1 p.m. start. LHP Sam Moll (3-1, 1.88 ERA) takes the mound for his fifth start on Friday at 1 p.m. LHP Erik Schoenrock (2-0, 2.05 ERA) takes the hill on Saturday at 1 p.m. while LHP Alex Gunn (1-1, 0.45 ERA) will make his third start in eight days on Sunday.

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RADIO - Listen to all three games of the series on WUMR, 91.7 with the voice of the Tigers, Jeff Brightwell on the call.

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March Baseball
The Tigers have a record of 72-90 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 15-46 in road contests since 2005. Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 326-186-1 (.636) in March.

Year  All Home  Away  Neutral
2013 5-3 4-2 1-1 --
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 72-90 57-42 15-46 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 two of the last three 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.

The Inside Edge – Kent State
Coming off a trip to the 2012 College World Series, Kent State has struggled to start the season. The Flashes won the three-game set at Charlotte last weekend to improve to 4-10 on the season. The Flashes hit .254 as a club with Sawyer Polen pacing the club with a .358 average. Five different players have home runs for Kent State and Evan Campbell has a team-high 10 RBI. The Flashes are 16-20 on the basepaths and Alex Miklos (4-4) and Derek Toadvine (4-5) lead the team in steals. On the mound, Kent State sports a 6.58 ERA with 81 strikeouts to 63 walks in 120.1 innings.

Greetings
The Tigers play Kent State for the first time in program history on Friday at FedExPark. Dating back to 1978, Memphis has a record of 45-36 in three-game series against first time opponents. Home games in that scenario, the U of M sports a 34-26 mark. Under Coach Daron Schoenrock, the Tigers are 29-19 against first time opponents in a three-game series, 19-14 on the home turf.

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 9-4 when 14 or more reach base and 1-2 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Outfield Assists
Memphis has six outfield assists through 16 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 109 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 six 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 five losses, the tying run stood on the diamond. In the 10 inning loss to Arkansas State, the tying run was on third. In two of the last three losses, Memphis has had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded. The Tigers had the tying run at the plate against Alabama with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t make a comeback.

The Run Around
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.31 ERA so far allowing a total of 51 runs, 37 earned, in 16 outings. Going back to 1978, there have been three other occasions in which the pitching staff held the opposition to 55 or fewer runs over the first 16 games. Prior to this season, the last time the Tigers achieved the feat was in 1984, allowing 43 runs. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 50 or fewer runs in first 16 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 78

51

10-6

1984 123 43 14-2
1982 118 44 15-1
1981 138 49 15-1

Bullpen The Difference
Memphis’ bullpen has a 4-3 record with four saves so far and a 2.76 ERA. Through 16 games, the Memphis bullpen hadn’t posted an ERA under 4.00 since the 2008 season (4.25) prior to the start this season. Overall, the 2013 pitching staff has a 2.31 ERA, the best ERA among stats available dating back to 2008.

Quartet Of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all 16 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.

Oh Oh Omaha
For the first time since 2009, Memphis plays a team that is coming off a season that was capped off at the NCAA College World Series. Kent State made an impressive run to the grand stage last season. The Tigers are 9-32-1 all-time against teams that advanced to the CWS the year before, 3-23 under head coach Daron Schoenrock. The last meeting, in 2009, was against Southern Miss after the Golden Eagles made it to the 2008 College World Series.

Four Score And …
Since 1970, Memphis has an 856-182-1 (.825) record when opponents score four or fewer runs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock the Tigers are 125-40 (.761) when the pitching staff holds the opposition under four runs, 10-2 in 2013. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 10-2

.833

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 125-40 .758
Since 1970 856-181-2 .825

Cardiac Kids
The Tigers played 22 nail biters last season and sported a 10-12 record in games decided by two runs or less. Memphis won 12-of-15 games down the stretch run last season and in those games, the Tigers were 8-2. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, Memphis is 89-108 in games decided by two runs or less, 4-4 in 2013.

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.

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 891-218-1 (.803) when scoring six or more runs. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis sports a 160-80 (.665) record. Year-by-year breakdown is below:

Year      Record   Pct.     
2013 5-1

.833

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 160-80 .667
Since 1970 891-218-1 .803

Stolen Base Numbers
The Tigers lead Conference USA with 28 stolen bases on the season, nine better than second-place UCF. The 28 steals are the most for the Tigers among stats available that date back to 2008. Among the 28 steals, eight different players have swiped two or more steals. Ford Wilson and Zach Willis lead the team with five steals each.

Strong Juco Arms
Three junior college transfer pitchers have made an immediate impact for the Tigers this season. Alex Gunn (1-1, 0.45 ERA), Jon Reed (2-0, 1.84 ERA) and Conner Porter (1-0, 1.98 ERA) have combined for 48.1 innings pitched and a 1.31 ERA. The trio has walked only five batters while striking out 39. Allowing just 38 hits, the trio sports a 0.89 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitch).

Record Pace
Not only does the Tiger pitching staff sport an outstanding 2.31 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 140 16 8.75
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 113 16 7.06
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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