Pivotal C-USA Weekend Pits @UofMBaseball Against Southern Miss
Go Tigers! Zach Willis is hitting .444 in the last 10 games
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Zach Willis is hitting .444 in the last 10 games
Go Tigers!

April 18, 2013


Games 39-41

April 19-21, 2013 - FedExPark

Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

22-14 (7-5 C-USA)

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Game 39 -Friday - 6:30 PM

Southern Miss

Southern Miss
Golden Eagles

19-17 (8-4 C-USA)

Southern Miss
Notes
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LHP Sam Moll
(6-2 2.59 ERA)

LHP Jake Drehoff
(1-4 3.57 ERA)

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Game 40 -Saturday - 2:00 PM
LHP Erik Schoenrock
(5-2 2.03 ERA)
RHP Andrew Pierce
(7-1 1.83 ERA)
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Game 41 -Sunday - 1:00 PM
LHP Alex Gunn
(2-2 2.30 ERA)
RHP Conor Fisk
(3-1 2.38) 
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (24-14, 7-5 C-USA) and Southern Miss (19-17, 8-4 C-USA) both defeated Ole Miss this week and both teams carry a 9-1 record over the last 10 games into a pivotal Conference USA series at FedExPark this weekend.

With one weekend series remaining at FedExPark following this series, Memphis puts it 18-10 home record to the test against a Southern Miss squad that sports a 4-6 road record. The Tigers send LHP Sam Moll (6-2, 2.59 ERA) to the mound against Golden Eagles LHP Jake Drehoff (1-4, 3.57 ERA) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Tom III will make an appearance at the game on Friday night and it's also Greek Night at FedExPark.

LHP Erik Schoenrock (5-2, 2.03) is coming off a complete-game effort at UAB and he'll face one of the bests in C-USA with RHP Andrew Pierce (7-1, 1.83 ERA) taking the mound for Southern Miss. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Fans will want to arrive early as the U of M will retire the jersey of Mike Dlugach prior to the game. Saturday is Scout Day at FedExPark with free admission to all scouts wearing their uniforms.

The series finale pits LHP Alex Gunn (2-2, 2.30 ERA) against RHP Conor Fisk (3-1, 2.38) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Following the game, the Tigers will host a free clinic for youth, eighth grade and younger. All youth, eighth grade and under, receive free admission to the game wearing their youth league jersey.

As announced via social media on Wednesday, ESPN's E:60 will have a production crew at FedExPark this weekend to begin production on a story about the Tigers bat boy, Stan Bronson.

Back-to-Back Shutouts
Memphis shutout No. 17 Ole Miss on Monday night at AutoZone Park 4-0 and followed that up by blanking Murray State 5-0 at FedExPark on Tuesday. The back-to-back shutouts marked the first time that has happened since March 16 and 17 of 1991 against Northern Iowa.

Speaking of Shutouts
The Tigers pitching staff has now posted seven shutouts on the season, the fourth-most in single season history. The seven shuouts are the most since 1983. Memphis has two shutouts over top-20 programs - No. 19 Houston (1-0) and No. 17 Ole Miss (4-0) - two of seven in program history.

The Inside Edge
Riding an eight-game win streak and tied for the top spot in the league standings, Southern Miss travels to FedExPark with a 19-17 record. The Golden Eagles, like the Tigers, defeated Ole Miss this week. Southern Miss edged the Rebels 2-1 on Tuesday night for their eighth-straight win. Hitting .250 as a club, the Golden Eagles are paced by Austin Roussel who is hitting .390. Blake Brown has three of clubs 10 home runs while Chase Fowler leads the team with 19 RBI. Dillon Day is 9-for-12 on the basepaths to lead the squad and Southern Miss is 29-of-44 on the year. On the mound, Southern Miss sports a 3.47 ERA with 287 strikeouts and 137 walks in 321.2 innings pitched. Dual player Bradley Roney has five saves for the Golden Eagles.

Elite Company
Memphis pitching has posted a 2.60 ERA so far allowing a total of 123 runs, 97 earned, in 38 outings. Going back to 1978, the 1983 staff allowed the next fewest runs, 145, in the first 38 games of that season. The table below shows the years that Memphis has limited opponents to 150 or fewer runs in first 38 games and the win/loss record in those games.

Year Runs Scored

Runs Allowed

W-L

2013 199 123 24-14
1985 253 148 30-8
1983 265 145 28-10
1979 216 148 27-11

Two Out Hitting Spark
Over the last 11 games in which the Tigers have a 10-1 record, Memphis is hitting .325 (39-170) with two outs in an inning, picking up 27 RBI. In the first 27 games of the season, the Tigers were hitting .228 (62-272), driving in 42 runs with two outs in an inning.

Answering The Call
Memphis closer Jonathan Van Eaton has eight saves on the season, with the seventh of which setting a new career saves record at the University of Memphis. Van Eaton has 16 career saves after closing out Ole Miss on April 15 at AutoZone Park. With eight saves this season, Van Eaton has equaled his save total from 2012, which ranks tied for single among single-season leaders in program history.

Nail Biters
Memphis has played 20 games decided by two runs or less and is 9-11 in those games. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 94-115 in games decided by two runs or less.

Tigers Sweep Season Series
Memphis earned the sweep of the season series with Ole Miss after shutting out the Rebels on April 15 at AutoZone Park. The season sweep of the Rebels is the first for the Tigers since 1985. Additionally, it marks the first time the Tigers have won three-straight in the season series since 1985-86 when Memphis claimed four-straight wins.

Ironman
Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 131 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).

Lineup Move Paying Off
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock moved freshman outfielder Jake Little to the nine-spot in the lineup in game two of the series against UCF. Since that move, Little has hit at the bottom of the order in five games and the Tigers are 4-1 in those games. Little sports a .556 average, going 10-for-18 with three doubles, a triple, 10 RBI and two runs scored.

10 Games Over .500
Memphis sits a 24-14 entering the weekend, 10 games over .500 for the first time since the 2007 squad had an identical record through 38 games. Similar to the Tigers hosting a C-USA series at home, the 2007 squad had the same, losing two out of three to Marshall at Nat Buring Stadium.

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 20-7 when 14 or more reach base and 4-7 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Parade of Lefties
The Tigers have played 38 games this season and the U of M has sent a left-handed starter to the hill in 36 of those games. Memphis started a lefty in the first 32 games before right-hander Dylan Toscano started against UAPB on April 10. Toscano has since made two starts, allowing two hits over nine innings of work.

Speaking of Records
Not only is the pitching staff on a record pace, but the ace of the staff has a couple of top-five marks in sight. Sam Moll has 179 career strikeouts and could become the eighth pitcher to top 200 career strikeouts in a career. Moll's 179 career strikeouts rank him 10 strikeouts shy of breaking into the top-10 in program history. With 72 strikeouts this season, Moll is on pace 112 this season, which would rank third for single-season strikeouts.

Midweek Success Key?
Two wins this past week improved the Tigers to 8-3 in midweeks games on the season. Below is a look at key stats back to 2008, comparing midweek and weekend numbers.

Year AVG

ERA

Record

AVG

ERA

Record

MIDWEEK WEEKEND
2013 .280 1.73 8-3 .280 2.97 16-11
2012 .289 4.39 7-7 .290 3.84 22-19
2011 .287 4.75 4-9 .312 5.06 25-16
2010 .309 6.03 6-7 .329 6.11 21-20
2009 .267 7.69 4-12 .274 5.72 17-20
2008 .280 6.23 7-10 .220 6.33 11-28

Record Pace
Not only does the Tiger pitching staff sport an outstanding 2.60 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.

Strikeouts

Year Numbers

Games

Average

2013 309 38 8.13
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 272 38 7.16
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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