Midweek Tilts With UAPB Next Up for @UofMBaseball
Go Tigers! Zach Willis was 5-for-10 with two game-winning RBI in the series sweep against UCF
Go Tigers!
Zach Willis was 5-for-10 with two game-winning RBI in the series sweep against UCF
Go Tigers!

April 8, 2013

Games 32-33

April 9-10, 2013 - FedExPark




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Game 32 -Tuesday - 6:30 PM


Arkansas-Pine Bluff


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LHP Michael Wills
(1-2 3.00 ERA)


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Game 33 -Wednesday - 6:30 PM
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Riding a four-game win streak, Memphis (18-13) closes a 10-game homestand with a pair of midweek games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (10-19) at FedExPark this week.

LHP Michal Wills (1-2, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers haven't announced a starter for Wednesday's game at 6:30 p.m.

Each game in the midweek series can be seen live on the Memphis Tiger Network. The games can also be heard live on WUMR 91.7 FM.

April Baseball
In April, the Tigers have posted a winning record four times since 2005, but have an overall record of 70-80. Memphis only played five home games in April a season ago, and went 2-3 in those games. However, the Tigers have a combined home record of 18-10 since 2011. 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 3-0 3-0 --- ---
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 70-80 36-45 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, 1.89 ERA), Jon Reed (2-0, 3.09 ERA) and Conner Porter (1-0, 3.12 ERA) have combined for 78.2 innings pitched and a 2.53 ERA. The trio has walked only 21 batters while striking out 66. Allowing 75 hits thus far, the trio sports a 1.22 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched).

Tigers Closing 10-Game Homestand
The Tigers close a 10-game homestand with the pair of midweek games against UAPB at FedExPark. In 2011, Memphis had a 10-game homestand and went 7-3. Overall, Memphis has 10 previous homestands lasting 10 or more games and produced a winning record in all but the 11-game homestand (5-6) in 1995.

Year  Homestand  Record 
2013 11 5-3
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

The Inside Edge - UAPB
UAPB carries a 10-19 record into the midweek tilts with the Tigers. The Golden Lions are 6-14 on the road for the season and coming off a series victory at Southern over the weekend. Offensively, UAPB is led by Isias Alcantar who is hitting at a .347 clip with four home runs and 21 RBI. Dylan Calhoun has eight steals and UAPB is 38-49 on the basepaths. On the mound, UAPB carries a 4.21 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 252 innings. The Golden Lions have walked 90 batters while opponents hit .266 against the staff.

Ducks on the Pond
Memphis has had 42 official at-bats with the bases full this season. The Tigers have mustered 10 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 (2-for-7), 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.

Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 124 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).

Elite Company
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.80 ERA so far allowing a total of 105 runs, 85 earned, in 31 outings. Going back to 1978, only the 1983 pitching staff has allowed fewer runs over the first 31 games of the season. The 1983 staff allowed 97 runs in the first 31 games of that season. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 120 or fewer runs in first 31 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year   Scored Allowed W-L
2013 157



1983 211 97 24-7
1981 253 116 25-5-1

Nail Biters
Memphis has played 18 games decided by two runs or less and is 8-10 in those games, picking up two one-run victories in the sweep of UCF. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 93-114 in games decided by two runs or less.

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 15-6 when 14 or more reach base and 3-7 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Parade of Lefties
Memphis has started a left-handed pitcher in all 31 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 49 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 89 this season. Among the 49 steals, nine different players have swiped two or more steals. Ethan Gross leads the team with nine steals while Jake Little has eight.

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 2.80 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 266 31 8.58
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 227 31 7.32
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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