Baseball Opens Five-Game Homestand with Midweek Set versus South Alabama
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March 15, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach Daron Schoenrock and the University of Memphis baseball team will open a five-game home stretch on Tues., Mar, 16 when it takes on South Alabama in the first of a two-game midweek series at FedExPark. First pitch for Tuesday's contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Scouting the Tigers
Memphis is 5-10 after going 1-3 in a tough week-long, road trip. Memphis dropped last week's midweek tilt at Louisiana-Monroe and then lost two of three at Dallas Baptist. Two of the three losses last week were by one run to increase the Tigers' one-run setbacks to five this season.

The Tigers offense has been its strength through the first 15 games. Led by sophomore Chad Zurcher's .403 average, Memphis hits .298 as a team. Phillip Chapman, Drew Martinez and Rick Russell all hit .333. Tyler Huelsing and Derrick Thomas bat .323 and .313. Martinez has been the offensive spark plug. He leads the team with 15 runs scored, to go with 10 RBI, seven stolen bases, two double and two triples. Huelsing has produced solid power numbers in his senior season. The Munford, Tenn., native has a team-best .597 slugging percentage and leads the way with 19 RBI and seven doubles. He is teid for the team lead with Trey Wiedman with two home runs.

The Tigers are led on the mound by junior Ryan Holland's 1-0 record and 1.86 ERA. Freshman Dan Langfield leads the staff with two wins in four appearances. Starters Brennon Martin and Ryan Fraser have been solid. Martin holds a 3.96 ERA, while Fraser is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a staff-high 31 strikeouts.



Scouting Jaguars
South Alabama brings a strong 12-6 mark to Memphis for the midweek set. The Jags are winners of three-straight and have lost just once in the last seven games.USA comes off a sweep of UALR in the opening weekend of Sun Belt Conference action.

The Jaguars boast a powerful offense that hits .324 with 41 doubles and 14 home runs. Eight of the nine starters bat .313 or higher. Zach Grichor leads the way with a .406 clip. Grichor has hit safely in the last 14 games and is tops on the club in runs (26) and hits (28). Jake Overstreet, who hits. 382, has driven in a team-high 28 runs to go with four doubles and a pair of round-trippers. Sean Laird bats .362 and paces the offense with five home runs. Taylor White checks in at .338 while leading the team with 11 stolen bases in 11 attempts and eight doubles.

On the hill, USA is giving up a 5.60 ERA and opponents are hitting .304 against it. Closer Lance Baxter has been the top man on the staff. He is 2-0 with three saves in six outings. Opponent's hit just .191 against him. DD. Hanks is a perfect 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA. He leads the staff with 31 strikeouts in 30 innings.

All-Time Series vs. South Alabama
South Alabama leads the series 13-10 after sweeping Memphis in last year's two-game set in Mobile, Ala. Last year's meeting was the first since the 1995 season. The series started in 1977 when USA swept Memphis in a three-game series to start the season. The Jags defeated the Tigers four times in 1977 and won each of the first five meetings. Memphis has won seven of the last 12 times the two have met, including claiming three-straight in Mobile. The Tigers are 8-0 against South Alabama in Memphis.

Last Time Out
Dallas Baptist 10, Memphis 9 (10)

Memphis (5-10)          040 310 010 0 -  9 12 1
Dallas Baptist (9-6)    010 001 043 1 - 10 19 4
DALLAS, Texas - Ahead 9-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers squandered a seven-run lead in the final two innings en route to dropping game two of Saturday's doubleheader 10-9 in 10 innings. Memphis dropped the three-game series versus Dallas Baptist, 2-1.

The series finale was one of late-game heroics for Dallas Baptist. Memphis led 9-2 going into the eighth inning, but the Patriots offense woke up. Highlighted by back-to-back homers from Duncan McAlpine and Ryan Enos, DBU got back into the game, 9-6, with a four-run eighth.

Enos and the Patriots weren't done there. Down to its final out and two runners aboard, Enos struck again. This time he clubbed a three-run shot over the centerfield wall to tie the game at 9-all.

DBU's Austin Elkins ended it in the 10th with a game-winning single.

On Deck
Memphis will host Tennessee Tech in a three-game series this weekend at FedExPark. This weekend's series marks the Tigers final tune-up before diving into Conference USA play against Rice, March 26-28.

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