Tigers Open 11 Game Homestand with Midweek Series against Middle Tennessee
Go Tigers! Jake Little is hitting .395 with three homers and eight RBI in the last 10 games
Go Tigers!
Jake Little is hitting .395 with three homers and eight RBI in the last 10 games
Go Tigers!

Games 24-25
 

 March 26-27, 2013 - FedExPark

Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

13-10 (1-2 C-USA)

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Game 24 - Tuesday - 6:30 PM

Middle Tennessee


Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders

15-10 (3-3 SBC)

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LHP Michael Wills
(1-1 3.78 ERA)

LHP Jordan Cooper
(1-1 4.82 ERA)
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Following a disappointing series loss at Tulane last weekend, Memphis (13-10) opens an 11-game homestand as Middle Tennessee visits FedExPark for a two-game midweek series. LHP Michael Wills (1-1, 3.78 ERA) is scheduled to throw the first pitch in Tuesday's game at 6:30 p.m. The second game of the series is slated for Wednesday at 4 p.m.

March Baseball
The Tigers have a record of 75-94 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 14 games over .500. However, Memphis is only 17-48 in road contests since 2005. Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 329-190-1 (.634) in March.

Year  All Home  Away  Neutral
2013 8-7 5-4 3-3 --
2012 8-11 7-6 1-5 --
2011 8-9 7-5 1-3 0-1
2010 9-10 8-4 1-6 --
2009 7-12 6-4 1-8 --
2008 9-11 7-5 2-5 0-1
2007 11-10 10-1 1-9 --
2006 9-11 5-7 4-4 --
2005 6-13 3-8 3-5 --
Totals 75-94 58-44 17-48 0-2

Strong JUCO Arms
Three junior college transfer pitchers have made an immediate impact for the Tigers this season. Alex Gunn (1-2, 1.52 ERA), Jon Reed (2-0, 2.75 ERA) and Conner Porter (1-0, 2.76 ERA) have combined for 65.2 innings pitched and a 2.21 ERA. The trio has walked only 14 batters while striking out 52. Allowing just 62 hits, the trio sports a 1.16 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched).

Tigers Open Big Homestand
The Tigers open an 11-game homestand on Tuesday with Middle Tennessee visiting FedExPark for a two-game midweek series. The 11-game home stint is the first since 1995 and the longest in the brief history of FedExPark. In 2011, Memphis had a 10-game homestand and went 7-3. The Tigers were 5-6 in the 11-game stretch of 1995. Overall, Memphis has 10 previous homestands lasting 10 or more games and produced a winning record in all but 1995

Year  Homestand  Record 
2013 11 ----
2011 10 7-3
1995 11 5-6
1992 15 11-4
1990 12 10-2
1988 11 8-3
1983 16 12-4
1981 10 9-1
1981 10 10-0
1979 10 7-3
1978 14 13-1

Ducks on the Pond
Memphis has had 36 official at-bats with the bases full this season. The Tigers have mustered nine hits in the situation, but have left the bases loaded in two of the losses this season. Zach Willis had a three-run double with the bases loaded in the win against Kent State on March 17. Bryce Beeler hit a bases clearing double in game two of the series against Buffalo for the Tigers fourth hit with the bases juiced and had another bases clearing double at UT Martin. Drew Griffin (1-for-5), Ethan Gross (1-for-5), Ford Wilson (2-for-4), Nate Rupiper (1-for-3) and Corey Chafin (1-for-1) have the other three Tiger hits with ducks on the pond this season.

Outscore, but Lose Series
Memphis outscored Tulane 22-9 in the three-game series at Turchin Stadium, but lost the series two games to one. That marked the first time since 2005 that the U of M lost a conference series in which it outscored the opposition. In 2005, Memphis outscored South Florida 27-19, but lost two games in the series. The only other series loss in Memphis' C-USA tenure came in 2003 at East Carolina as the Tigers outscored the Pirates 12-7.

The Inside Edge
Middle Tennessee has won four-straight games entering Tuesday's encounter with the Tigers at FedExPark. The Blue Raiders picked up a 4-1 victory over Vanderbilt last Wednesday and then swept Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend. MTSU comes into the midweek series hitting .287 with 15 home runs and 130 RBI. Ryan Stephens leads the club with a .360 average while Trent Miller owns a team-high 19 RBI. Michael Adkins and Dain McNabb have a team-high three home runs with each driving in 15 and 11 runs, respectively. The Blue Raider offense sports seven players with 10 or more RBI on the season and three players have four or more stolen bases. On the mound, Middle Tennessee has a 3.95 ERA with 179 strikeouts to 118 walks in 221 innings. Paul Mittura has five saves while Daniel Palo has closed out three games. Opponents hit .243 against the Blue Raiders staff and average 7.8 hits a game against.

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 12-6 when 14 or more reach base and 1-4 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Outfield Assists
Memphis has seven outfield assists through 23 games. Of the seven 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 three other assists retired a runner at second base. Jake Little and Colton Simbeck each have has two of the seven assists while three other players have one each.

Quartet of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all 23 games this season. Looking at every Division I baseball squad, the Tigers are the only team to have lefties 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 teams next contest. Only 12 other teams started three lefties to start the season, but in their fourth game, a right-hander took the hill.

Stolen Base Numbers
The Tigers lead Conference USA with 38 stolen bases on the season, three better than second-place Houston. The 38 steals are the most for the Tigers among stats available that date back to 2008. Among the 38 steals, nine different players have swiped two or more steals. Ethan Gross leads the club with seven steals while Jake Little has six stolen bases.

One Hit Away
In nine of Memphis' 10 losses this season, the tying run has been on base, at the plate or on deck in the final at-bat. In the season opening loss to Illinois State, the tying run was on deck, but in the other six occasions, the tying run stood on the diamond. In the 10 inning losses to Arkansas State and Kent State, the tying run was on third and at the plate, respectively. Memphis had the bases loaded when the final out was recorded in two of the eight losses. The Tigers had the tying run at the plate against Alabama with one out in the ninth, but couldn't make a comeback. The U of M had the tying run on first in the league opener at Tulane and in the series finale, the tying run stood on second base.

The Run Around
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.90 ERA so far allowing a total of 84 runs, 64 earned, in 23 outings. Going back to 1978, there have been just two other occasions in which the pitching staff held the opposition to 84 or fewer runs over the first 23 games. Prior to this season, the last time the Tigers allowed fewer than 84 runs was in 1983, allowing 78 runs. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 84 or fewer runs in first 23 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 133

84

13-10

1983 162 78 18-5
1981 195 79 21-2

Ironman
Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 113 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).

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 89-111 in games decided by two runs or less, 4-7 in 2013.

Game Over
Jonathan Van Eaton recorded his 12th career save on March 2 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 2.31 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 196 23 8.52
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 179 23 7.78
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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