Baseball Opens Conference USA Play This Weekend versus UAB
March 20, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team will look to put together its first three-game win streak on Fri., Mar. 21, when it opens the 2008 Conference USA season versus UAB. Friday's contest has a 6:35 p.m. scheduled first pitch and will kick off a three-game weekend series with the Blazers at Nat Buring Stadium.
Friday, March 21, 2008 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 2008 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 2008 1 p.m.
Memphis improved its numbers with that 18-run barrage and now hits .247 as a team. Sophomore first baseman Trey Wiedman has led the team in hitting from the outset of the year and currently checks in with a .383 average at the plate. His 23 hits, 16 RBI, 13 runs, five homers and .682 slugging clip lead the Tigers. Just one other Memphis hitter--Adam McClain at .311--bats over .300. Freshman Chad Zurcher is swinging a hot bat in the last seven games. The Tiger shortstop has hit safely in a season-long seven games. In that stretch, Zurcher hits .300 with eight runs and four runs driven in.
Tiger pitchers have been stiff this year, behind the arms of ace Scott McGregor, Neil Schenk, closer Matt Yokley, Marcus Barnes and Brach Davis. Despite an 0-2 mark, McGregor has been strong, striking out 21 in 26.1 innings. He has just walked two and holds a 4.78 ERA. Yokley and Schenk continue to dominate, posting a 1.93 and 2.13 ERA, respectively. Yokley is 1-0 with a pair of saves in five outings. He has fanned 15 in 9.1 innings and opposing hitters hit just .121 against him. Schenk has also recorded two saves. He has 16 K's and holds opponents to a .222 clip at the plate. Barnes and Davis have both been impressive. Barnes, a middle reliever, had 16 strikeouts, while logging a 1-2 record and a 3.09 ERA. Davis is 2-0 in consecutive midweek starts.
Scouting the Blazers
Weekend starters Mitch Kloskowski and Brandon Wallace anchor the pitching rotation. Friday night starter, Kloskowski is 2-1 and maintains a 2.01 ERA. He leads the staff with 19 strikeouts and holds opponents to just .152 hitting. Wallace (1-0) has given up a .286 average to opponents, but has a strong 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings of work. Reliever Kyle Roberson has been the answer out of the bullpen. He ranks second on the UAB staff with 17 strikeouts and a save in 14 innings.
All-Time Series Versus UAB
Tigers in C-USA Openers