April 21, 2014
|| Memphis vs. #14 Vanderbilt (Ballpark at Jackson)
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RHP Buehler Walker
(7-1, 1.66, 21 BB, 64 SO)
RHP Dylan Toscano
(3-2, 4.75, 12 BB, 34 SO)
|Memphis and Vanderbilt meet for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday in Jackson at the Ballpark at Jackson. RHP Dylan Toscano gets the call on the mound, his ninth start of the year.
AROUND THE HORN
Memphis is in its 101st year of baseball with a record of 1708-1295-16.
Ironman SS Ethan Gross has started in a program-record 193 consecutive games.
Freshman 3B Zach Schritenthal was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll after hitting .500 with three multi-hit games last week.
Memphis and Vanderbilt meet for the first time since 2008 on Tuesday.
The Tigers and Commodores have met 22 times since 1981 and the series sits tied at 11-11.
Dating back to 2012, Memphis has won nine of its last 12 against SEC foes.
The Tigers are 17-5 when holding opponents without a big inning (3+ in an inning).
If SS Ethan Gross plays in Tuesday's game, he'll tie Chris Marable (1986-89) for fifth-most games played in program history with 208.
Freshman RHP Nolan Blackwood has made 23 appearances this season, ranking sixth in single-season ranks.
The Tigers have used 24 different lineups this season, based on defensive alignment.
Since 2005, Memphis is 14-10 in games following a win by 10 or more runs. Last year, Memphis was 0-2 after defeating an opponent by 10 or more runs.
Memphis has 58 stolen bases this season, but have stolen just 14 bases since March 25.
SCOUTING THE COMMODORES
Vanderbilt enters midweek action with a 29-12 record, but are 4-6 in their last 10 outings.
The Commodores hit .281 with 93 doubles, nine triples and 12 home runs to count for 192 RBI on 222 runs scored.
Dansby Swanson bats a team-high .355 while Bryan Reynolds (.323) and Vince Conde (.305) lead the club with 28 RBI while six other players have 13 or more RBI.
On the mound, Vanderbilt has an impressive 2.47 ERA in 363.2 innings.
The Commodores have allowed 253 hits while striking out 372 and walking 128.
Memphis and Vanderbilt meet for the first time since 2008, a game the Commodores won 8-0 at then Pringles Park.
The series between the two teams is knotted at 11-11 dating back to 1981.
THAT'S A WIN STREAK
The Tigers put together back-to-back wins for the first time since early March with a three-game sweep of Alcorn State over the weekend.
Between the win streaks, Memphis lost three-straight games four different times playing in 13 games decided by two runs or fewer. In those 13 games, Memphis went 3-10.
LATE INNING WOES
The late innings have hurt the Tigers lately, most recently in two of the last three games.
On the season, Memphis has been outscored 48-22 after the seventh inning.
Opponents have outscored the Tigers 31-9 in the eighth inning alone.
Since playing Arkansas State on March 25, Memphis has a deficit of 18-5 after the seventh inning.
CLIMBING OUT OF A DROUGHT
The Tigers got off to a hot start at 11-1, but have failed to win back-to-back games since March 5, the game that improve the record to 11-1.
Since that time, the Tigers have three, three-game losing streaks and look to avoid a fourth three-game losing streak on Tuesday.
Below is a breakdown of stats in 11-game splits. The 11-game splits are labeled by 1-2-3-4 for the first 44 games played.
|11-GAME PHASE STATS
FOLLOWING THE 'BYE' WEEKEND
Dating back to 2008, the Tigers are 3-1 in the midweek game following the `bye' weekend.
In Conference USA and the current American Athletic Conference set up, each team gets a bye weekend during the conference slate.
Last year, the bye weekend was the final week of the season and is not included in the 3-1 record since the conference tournament was the next game.
In 2010, the Tigers did not play a midweek game before the next league series.
The Tigers have won their last three outings following the bye, defeating UT Martin (13-3), Ole Miss (9-2) and UCA (4-3).
ZAC(H)'S ON THE POND
In Saturday's game against Alcorn State, the Tigers had a rare situation with the bases loaded.
Pinch-runner Zac Carter stood on third, Zach Schritenthal was on second and Zach Willis had walked to load the bases.
The "Zach Attack" goes further with the addition of first base coach Zach Clark.
FIND THE LINEUP
So far this season, the Tigers have seen 24 different lineup combinations.
Of the 24 different lineups, 16 have been used just once this season.
Six different players have started as the designated hitter with Nate Rupiper (15) and Bryce Beeler (17) seeing the most starts at the spot.
Only Jake Little and Ethan Gross have started in every game and Gross is the only mainstay at one position.
Little has 36 starts in right field and five in center field.