March 29, 2012
|March 30-April 1 FedExPark
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis (11-14, 1-2) continues Conference USA play as Tulane (17-7, 0-0) visits FedExPark for the league series that begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. Game two is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday and the series finale is Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Live stats are available at GoTigersGo.com. Jeff Brightwell will have the play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7 FM in Memphis.. Live streaming and a live blog is available at GoTigersGo.com
Weekend Full of Promotions
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at FedExPark. The Tigers will wear camouflage hats for the occasion and Al LaRocca will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. As part of Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, anyone showing a Military ID will receive free admission to FedExPark. On Sunday, the Tiger baseball team will conduct a free postgame clinic for youth ages 8th grade and younger. Anyone wishing to participate in the clinic will need to complete the Waiver Form . All youth 8th grade and younger will receive free admission to FedExPark on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tigers carry a 396-271 record in games played in March since the 1977 season. Memphis has had one season above the .500 mark under head coach Daron Schoenrock, an 11-10 record for the NCAA Regional team in 2007. Under Schoenrock the Tigers are 64-82 in March.
Behind The Eight Ball
A 10.65 ERA haunts the Tigers in the eighth inning as the club has allowed 31 runs, 29 earned, on 43 hits. Ole Miss scored five runs in the eighth to take a 7-2 win over the Tigers on Feb. 28. Mississippi State scored four runs in the eighth to tie the game 6-6, but the Tigers escaped with a 7-6 win on Feb. 29. Siena scored three times in the eighth on March 16 in a 6-3 victory over Memphis. Rice scored nine runs in the eighth on March 24 to win 15-4, but the Tigers scored four on March 25 to grab a 6-2 win over the seventh-ranked Owls.
Quality Starting Pitching
Memphis has 16 quality starts from its pitching staff in 25 games, but the Tigers are 7-9 in those games. Dan Langfield has provided a quality start in five of his six starts, but carries a 4-2 record. Midweek starter Michael Wills has three quality starts, but has two no decisions to his credit.
The Series With Tulane
Tulane leads the all-time series between the two squads with a 44-34 advantage. The Tigers have won three of the last five meetings and in C-USA games; Memphis carries a 13-35 mark. Memphis sports an 18-15 record in the Bluff City against the Green Wave dating back to the 1979 season.
The Inside Edge - Tulane
Tulane visits Memphis for its first C-USA series of the season. The Green Wave has a 17-7 record, but has played five games (2-3) on the road to this point of the season. Tulane leads C-USA with a .325 average and the club has 17 home runs and averages nearly seven runs per game. Nick Schneeberger paces the squad with a .411 average and is second on the team with 24 RBI. Garrett Cannizaro, one of eight players hitting above .300, leads the team with 25 RBI and catcher Jeremy Schaffer has a team-high five home runs. On the mound, the Green Wave carries a 3.29 ERA and the staff averages seven strikeouts per game.
The Tigers have recorded a league-best 60 doubles already this season and are on pace to approach the single season record of 137 set in 2007. Eli Hynes leads the team with nine doubles on the year and Zach Willis has added eight. Memphis has recorded two or more doubles in 20 of 25 games, including the first 10 in a row.
Good Start, But What About Finish?
Last season, the Tigers pounced on opponents early, outscoring its opponents 156-81 in the first three innings. In the sixth through the final out, Memphis was outscored 156-115. So far in 2012, Memphis is outscoring opponents 55-36 in the first three, but opponents have outscored the Tigers 61-47 after the fifth.
Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. Wilson (214-8th) and McClain (213-9th) are neck-and-neck as they ascend up the career hits list. Wilson has 53 career doubles which is fourth all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (191) and McClain (187) could each eclipse the top-five with 35 games played this season. With 30-plus RBI this season, Wilson recorded his 150th career RBI on March 28 to become the fifth player in program history to achieve that feat.
Going The Distance
Chase Joiner pitched a complete game shutout, the first for a Tiger pitcher since April 9, 2004, as the Tigers defeated Siena 6-0 on March 17. The next game, Michael Wills threw 136 pitches in a complete game 7-1 victory over Arkansas State. Wills did not allow an earned run and surrendered four hits. Dan Langfield pitched a complete game at Baylor, but was on the losing side as the Bears took a 2-1 victory in the eighth inning of a scheduled seven-inning game.
Walk This Way
Memphis hadn’t walked 12 batters in game in nearly four years, but the Tiger staff issued 12 walks against Rice on March 24. The 12 walks marked the first time Memphis had done so since April 12, 2008 at UCF. On the flip side, Memphis issued no walks in the March 25 win over No. 7 Rice, the first time that Tiger pitching hadn’t walked a batter since March 19, 2011. Memphis walked 12 times on March 28 at Middle Tennessee, the most walks issued to the Tigers in more than three seasons and the third-most in single game history.
The Tigers have pounced on opponents early as the U of M has outscored the opposition 22-9 in the first inning this season. Memphis has scored in the first inning 12 out of 24 games and carries a 7-5 record in those games.
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has penned a lineup 25 times this season and each game has seen five or more underclassmen making starts. Memphis has had six underclassmen in the lineup in six games and five underclassmen in 19 games.
Memphis is hitting .260 (69-265) with two outs this season compared to .310 (85-274) at this point last season. The Tigers had 65 two out RBI and 160 runs scored through 25 games last year, but the U of M has mustered 42 two-out RBI so far this year with 142 runs scored.
The Tigers opened the 2012 schedule with nine of their first 11 games at FedExPark and went 4-5. The U of M carries a 47-32 home record since the stadium became FedExPark in 2010. Coach Daron Schoenrock has guided the Tigers to a 108-107 record at home since taking over the program in 2005. After a rough 4-20 home record in 2005, Memphis has a 104-87 mark at home.
Coming into the 2012 season, pitching coach Fred Corral wanted his pitchers to throw more strikes and cut down on walks. The Tigers have walked 89 batters this season compared to 94 at the same point last season. Looking closer, starting pitchers have struck out 13 more batters and issued six fewer walks compared to last season.
Hynes Breakout Season
Eli Hynes hit .246 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in his first season at the U of M. In 25 games this year, Hynes has hit .351 with seven home runs and 28 RBI. Currently, Hynes is on pace (calculated for 56 game schedule) for 16 home runs, 63 RBI.
Memphis is 92-138 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 83-106 since. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 38-31 following a loss. This season, the Tigers are 8-6 following a loss.
Friday Night Lights
Memphis has struggled this season under the Friday night lights as the Tigers are 0-5 on Friday’s. Memphis is hitting .207 on Friday’s compared to .303 in the other 20 games. The Tigers average 2.80 runs per games on Friday and 6.40 in other games. On the mound, the Tigers have a 3.60 ERA in Friday games and carry a 4.38 ERA in other games.
Mixing It Up
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has penned 20 different lineup combinations in 25 games this season. Eleven different players have 13 or more starts on the season.
Youth Is Served
Memphis freshmen have started a combined 52 games in the field this season with Keaton Aldridge, Carter White and Colton Simbeck all having 13 starts. Tucker Tubbs (8), Bryce Beeler (3), Zac Carter (1) and Nate Rupiper (1) round out the freshmen who have started this season.
C-USA Nail Biters
The Tigers lost to No. 7 Rice 1-0 on March 23 in the league opener and that dropped the Tigers to 46-47 all time in C-USA games decided by one run. In C-USA games decided by two or fewer runs, the Tigers sport a 70-77 record.
The Tigers hit the road for a five-game trip that begins with a non-conference tilt at Tennessee. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn.