April 9, 2012
|Memphis at Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. - Coming off a weekend sweep at Marshall, Memphis (15-17) looks to keep the momentum as the club closes a five-game road trip with a midweek tilt at Arkansas State (18-15) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Live stats are available on GoTigersGo.com and astateredwolves.com provides live streaming video. You can listen to the game on WUMR 91.7 FM or on Memphis TigerVision at GoTigersGo.com.
The Tigers carry a 366-302-1 record in games played in April since the 1977 season. Memphis has had four seasons above the .500 mark under head coach Daron Schoenrock and last year's club posted a 12-8 record in April. Under Schoenrock the Tigers are 62-73.
Behind The "Eight" Ball
An 10.27 ERA haunts the Tigers in the eighth inning as the club has allowed 38 runs, 35 earned, on 53 hits. On the season, Memphis has been outscored 38-16 in the eighth and in C-USA play, opponents hold a 17-9 edge. Opponents have five big innings (scoring three or more runs) in the eighth against Memphis.
Quality Starting Pitching
Memphis has 20 quality starts from its pitching staff in 28 games, three more than the staff posted all of last season. Dan Langfield has provided a quality start in six of his eight starts, but carries a 5-3 record. Midweek starter Michael Wills has three quality starts, but has two no decisions to his credit.
The Series With Arkansas State
Memphis leads the all-time series with Arkansas State 111-57-2 and the two squads have played a home-and-home series the past eight seasons. Overall, the Memphis-Arkansas State series has been a home-and-home series 25 of the past 26 seasons with the lone exception being the 2004 season. Last season, Arkansas State swept the home-and-home series with a 9-8 victory at FedExPark and a 5-4 win in Jonesboro, Ark. Since 1978, 38 of the 81 games in the series have been decided by three runs or less and the Tigers are 24-14 in those games, but have lost five-straight games in the series where the margin is three runs.
The Inside Edge - Arkansas State
Arkansas State dropped two of three against UL-Monroe on the week, but the Red Wolves sport an 18-15 record heading into the midweek tilt. ASU is paced by Claude Johnson at the plate with a .360 average. Logan Uxa has a team-high five home runs and 22 RBI. Zach George has four homers and 20 RBI. Michael Faulkner is among the nation's best as he is 27-27 on the base paths this season. On the mound, Arkansas State sports a 4.76 ERA and the Red Wolves have struck out 247 and walked 119 in 291 innings of work.
We Meet Again
Memphis and Arkansas State meet for the second time this season, following the Tigers 7-1 victory in the first meeting this season. Dating back to the 1978 season, Memphis is 20-10 against Arkansas State in the second meeting between the two clubs. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, Memphis sports a 19-10 record in the second game of a home-and-home series.
Sam Moll Throws One-Hitter
Sam Moll tossed the first complete-game one-hitter since 1994 in the Tigers 7-0 win over Marshall on April 7. The sophomore southpaw took a no hitter to the seventh and Marshall recorded its lone hit of the game with an infield single to short. The Lakeland, Tenn., native has allowed one earned run on 13 hits in his last four starts (30.2 innings), three against C-USA opponents. The one-hitter marked the first for the pitching staff since four pitchers combined to one-hit UT Martin on February 27, 2007. Moll was named the C-USA Pitcher of the Week on April 9, the second honor for him in his career and second honor for the Tigers this season.
The Tigers have recorded a league-best 70 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 10 doubles on the year and Adam McClain and Jacob Wilson have each added nine. Memphis has recorded two or more doubles in 23 of 32 games, including the first 10 in a row, but Tennessee held the Tigers offense with a double on April 4 for the first time this season.
Let's Make It Four-Straight
Memphis heads into Tuesday's game looking for a four-game win streak. The Tigers put together a three-game win streak back in mid-March, but couldn't win a fourth-straight game. Last season, Memphis was 4-1 when trying to extend a win streak to four games. Since 2005, Memphis is 12-12 in attempts to extend a win streak to four games.
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 63-51 in the first three, but opponents have outscored the Tigers 76-74 after the fifth.
Jacob Wilson hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to give Memphis a 3-2 win over Austin Peay on March 13. The win was Memphis' 15th when scoring three or fewer runs and first since March 26, 2011. Since 2006, Memphis is 16-100 in games where they score three runs or less. Last season, the Tigers were 1-15 with three or fewer runs scored. This season, Memphis is 1-10 when scoring three or fewer runs.
Off The Beaten Path
Memphis carries a 14-6 record when holding a plus margin when combining walks, hit batters and opponent errors. When Memphis combines for more walks issued, batters hit and errors committed, the Tigers are 0-9 on the season. For example, Memphis walked eight times and Tulane committed one error while the Tigers issued six walks giving the U of M a plus-three margin in the 10-0 win on March 30.
Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. McClain (225-8th) and Wilson (223-9th) are neck-and-neck as they ascend up the career hits list. Wilson has 56 career doubles which is third all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (198) and McClain (194) could each eclipse the top-five with 35 games played this season. Wilson recorded his 156th career RBI on April 1 to move to third place all time in career RBI.
The Tigers played several nail bitters last season and in games decided by two runs or less, Memphis finished 9-14, 7-6 in league play. The Tigers had five come-from-behind wins and nine one run losses. The Tigers are 2-6, 0-1 in league play, in games decided by two runs or less this season.
Memphis is hitting .258 (87-337) with two outs this season compared to .318 (114-368) at this point last season. The Tigers had 95 two out RBI and 232 runs scored through 33 games last year, but the U of M has mustered 49 two-out RBI so far this year with 192 runs scored.
The Tigers have pounced on opponents early as the U of M has outscored the opposition 22-10 in the first inning this season. Memphis has scored in the first inning 12 out of 32 games and carries a 7-5 record in those games.
Memphis vs. Ranked Opponents
A five-run eighth inning by No. 16 Ole Miss was the difference in the Tigers first game against a ranked foe this season. The Tigers dropped a doubleheader to No. 21 Baylor on March 11 to fall to 0-3 on the season against ranked foes. Memphis is 81-231 against ranked foes all-time and the last win versus a ranked team came on March 25 against No. 7 Rice, the first win over a top-10 team since March 27, 2009.
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has penned a lineup 32 times this season and each game has seen five or more underclassmen making starts. Memphis has had six underclassmen in the lineup in eight games and five underclassmen in 24 games.
Since the 2005 season, the Tigers are 61-94 in road games. The last time Memphis had a winning record on the road came back in the 2006 season when the Tigers were 13-11.
Hynes Breakout Season
Eli Hynes hit .246 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in his first season at the U of M. In 32 games this year, Hynes has hit .346 with nine home runs and 34 RBI. Currently, Hynes is on pace (calculated for 56 game schedule) for 15 home runs, 58 RBI.
Memphis is 93-140 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 84-108 since. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 39-33 following a loss. This season, the Tigers are 9-8 following a loss.
Mixing It Up
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has penned 27 different lineup combinations in 32 games this season. Eleven different players have 14 or more starts on the season. Memphis freshmen have started a combined 65 games in the field this season with Carter White leading the freshmen with 17 starts. Keaton Aldridge has 16 starts behind the plate.
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 return to FedExPark for a three-game league series with East Carolina. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.