The Bright Side With Jeff Brightwell - Week Seven Update
March 30, 2011
It's a big week for Memphis baseball as the Tigers look to get back on track. After getting off to a 10-4 start, Memphis has lost six of its' last eight to drop to 12-10 on the season. The Tigers will have that opportunity with a ten-game home stand opening today at FedExPark.
Last weekend, Memphis was able to grab a win in its' opening conference series at perennial contender ECU. However, the Tigers likely felt like they left one on the table Saturday afternoon. In game three with the series tied Memphis let ECU off the hook. Memphis led the Pirates 3-2, with two-outs, nobody on, and two strikes. But after an error, wild-pitch, base hit, and home run, ECU won the game 5-3 and took the series 2-1.
"You have to credit East Carolina, you give them a crack of daylight and they got their swings off." Said head coach Daron Schoenrock, "It's a hurting team right now because they scratched and clawed today."
Memphis opens up their longest home stand of the season this afternoon at 3:00 when they face Mississippi Valley State at FedExPark. The Delta Devils have won six straight coming into Memphis and are now 10-14 on the year.
"The focus is going to be to lock in for those two midweek games and those three on the weekend," according to Schoenrock.
The Tigers face another SWAC team this weekend when Alcorn State visits Memphis. The Braves are 10-12 after sweeping Alabama State over the weekend. Alcorn State is led by senior Kilby Perdomo who is hitting .367 with three homers and 11 RBI on the season, four other Braves are hitting at least .300.
The Tigers and Braves play Friday at 6:30, Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:00 at FedExPark. Despite some recent losses, the next month will allow Memphis to make a run with ten straight and 18 of 23 at home.
Jeff Brightwell is a 1996 graduate of the University of Memphis and is in his eighth season as the "Voice of Tiger Baseball". Brightwell is also the radio voice of women's basketball and the internet broadcaster for men's/women's soccer and volleyball. For the past three years, he has served as the host of "Memphis Tiger Vision" through GoTigersGo.com. He has also served time as radio announcer for Tiger Softball and has done games for Men's Basketball for Learfield Sports. Brightwell is also in his eighth season as the Public Address Announcer for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Follow Jeff Brightwell on www.twitter.com/memphisradio or email him at MemphisRadio@hotmail.com