Tigers Host No. 17 Ole Miss at AutoZone Park Tuesday
Go Tigers! Memphis eyes a 6-1 record against SEC foes
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Memphis eyes a 6-1 record against SEC foes
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April 1, 2013

Game 29

April 2, 2013 - AutoZone Park



15-13 (2-4 C-USA)

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Game 29 - Tuesday - 6:30 PM

Ole Miss

#17 Ole Miss

23-6 (4-5 SEC)

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LHP Michael Wills
(1-2 3.00 ERA)

RHP Josh Laxer
(2-0 2.45 ERA)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 17 Ole Miss (23-5) visits Memphis (15-13) for a midweek tilt at AutoZone Park on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. as the Tigers continue an 11-game homestand.

In the same matchup as the Feb. 26 meeting at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field, LHP Michael Wills (1-2, 3.00 ERA) will be opposed by RHP Josh Laxer (2-0, 2.45 ERA). Wills allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two in four and two-thirds innings. Laxer pitched three innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in the start at Oxford, Miss.

Tuesday's game can be seen live on the Memphis Tiger Network. Jeff Brightwell brings the play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7 FM and the official Twitter account of Memphis Baseball, @UofMBaseball, will post updates throughout the game.

April Baseball
In April, the Tigers have posted a winning record four times since 2005, but have an overall record of 67-80. Memphis only played five home games in April a season ago, and went 2-3 in those games. However, the Tigers had a combined home record of 15-10 the previous two seasons. On the road, Memphis holds a record of 33-34, including an 8-2 record in 2007. Last year the Tigers posted a road record of 6-6 in April.

Year  All Home  Away  Neutral
2013 --- --- --- ---
2012 8-9 2-3 6-6 ---
2011 12-8 9-7 3-1 ---
2010 9-8 6-3 3-4 0-1
2009 9-10 5-6 3-4 1-0
2008 5-13 1-9 4-4 ---
2007 12-5 4-3 8-2 ---
2006 10-9 5-5 5-4 ---
2005 2-18 1-9 1-9 ---
Totals 67-80 33-45 33-34 1-1

Strong Juco Arms
Three junior college transfer pitchers have made an immediate impact for the Tigers this season. Alex Gunn (2-2, 1.29 ERA), Jon Reed (2-0, 3.10 ERA) and Conner Porter (1-0, 2.76 ERA) have combined for 71.2 innings pitched and a 2.15 ERA. The trio has walked only 17 batters while striking out 59. Allowing just 62 hits, the trio sports a 1.17 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched).

Tigers Continue Homestand
The Tigers continue an 11-game homestand Tuesday with the annual game against Ole Miss at AutoZone Park. 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 2-3
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 40 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.

Rank Em
The Tigers play their fifth game against a ranked foe of 2013 when Ole Miss visits AutoZone Park Tuesday. Memphis handed then-ranked No. 8 Ole Miss its first loss of the season and defeated No. 19 Houston on Sunday 1-0. Memphis is 93-236-2 against ranked teams in program history. Memphis sports a record of 61-172-2 versus teams ranked top-20 and the Tigers put a 1-3 mark against teams ranked No. 17. The Tigers lone win against a team ranked No. 17 is against Ole Miss, 6-4 in Oxford back in 1995.

Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 121 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).

The Inside Edge
Ole Miss sports a 23-6 record entering Tuesday's matchup at AutoZone Park. The Rebels have lost four of their last six games with five of their six losses coming in SEC play. Last weekend, Ole Miss defeated Florida 4-3 in 11 innings in the series opener, but the Rebels were shutout 7-0 and 4-0 in games two and three of the series, respectively. Ole Miss hits .286 on the season with 10 home runs and 156 RBI. Stuart Turner leads the team with a .418 average, three homers and 34 RBI. Auston Bousfield is a perfect 6-for-6 on the basepaths and Ole Miss is 30-47 as a club. On the mound, Ole Miss has a 2.77 ERA with 221 strikeouts and 95 walks. RHP Josh Laxer started against the Tigers on Feb. 26 and is scheduled to start on Tuesday. He went 3.0 IP and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits in three innings.

Welcome To The Zone
The Tigers host Ole Miss in the first of two games at AutoZone Park this season. Memphis carries a record of 16-27 in the 43 games played at AutoZone Park and has won three-straight against the Rebels at the Triple-A home of the Memphis Redbirds. Memphis is 4-8 in games against Ole Miss at AutoZone Park.

Elite Company
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.74 ERA so far allowing a total of 95 runs, 75 earned, in 28 outings. Going back to 1978, only the 1983 pitching staff has allowed fewer runs over the first 28 games of the season. The 1983 staff allowed 91 runs in the first 28 games of that season. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 105 or fewer runs in first 28 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 142



1983 191 91 22-6
1981 238 104 23-4-1

This Seems Familiar
Memphis scored two runs in the three-game series versus No. 19 Houston over the weekend. Last season, the Tigers scored a pair of runs in a series sweep at the hands of Southern Miss. Like the 2013 schedule, the Tigers played Ole Miss the following Tuesday before playing UCF the next weekend. The series against Houston and Southern Miss are the only two occasions in program history that the Tigers scored two runs. It's the fifth time in any three game stretch with two runs scored going back to 1978.

Nail Biters
Memphis has played 16 games decided by two runs or less and is 6-10 in those games. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 91-114 in games decided by two runs or less.

5-1 VS SEC
The Tigers handed No. 8 Ole Miss its first loss of 2013 on Feb. 26 for the fourth-straight win versus SEC opponents and the U of M shutout Alabama 6-0 for a fifth-straight win over SEC opponents. Alabama held on for a 4-2 victory over the Tigers on March 13 to put Memphis at 5-1 against SEC competition. Dating back to the 2012 season, Memphis has won seven of its last nine contests against SEC opponents and the U of M has two remaining battles against SEC members this year. 

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 13-6 when 14 or more reach base and 2-7 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Parade of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all 28 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 43 stolen bases on the season, six better than second-place Houston. Memphis had 64 stolen bases a season ago and is on pace to steal 84 this season. Among the 43 steals, nine different players have swiped two or more steals. Jake Little leads the club with eight steals while Ethan Gross is second with seven.

One Hit Away
In 12 of Memphis' 13 losses this season, the tying run has been on base, at the plate or on deck in the final at-bat. The table below shows the losses and where the tying run was when the game ended.

Tying Run   Opponent (Game #)
On Deck Illinois State (1), Houston (27)
At Plate Illinois State (2), Alabama (16), Kent State (19), Houston (25)
At First UL-Monroe (11), Tulane (21)
At Second Tulane (23), Middle Tennessee (24)
At Third Arkansas State (4), Buffalo* (14)
* - Indicates Bases Loaded

Record Pace
Not only does the Tiger pitching staff sport an outstanding 2.74 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.


Year Numbers



2013 237 28 8.46
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 206 28 7.36
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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