@UofMBaseball Home Finale is Tuesday Against Austin Peay at FedExPark
Go Tigers! Michael Wills is slated for his final start at home on Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Go Tigers!
Michael Wills is slated for his final start at home on Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Go Tigers!

May 13, 2013

Games 53

May 14, 2013 - FedExPark




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Game 53 -Tuesday - 6:30 PM

Austin Peay

Austin Peay


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LHP Michael Wills
(4-3 2.25 ERA)

RHP Jared Carkuff
(0-0 7.06 ERA)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Entering the final week of the regular season, fans couldn't ask for a better matchup in the home finale as Memphis (32-20) takes on Austin Peay (38-13) at FedExPark on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Senior LHP Michael Wills (4-3, 2.25 ERA) is slated for his final start on the mound at FedExPark as he has put together two-plus years of solid midweek pitching. Austin Peay has won eight-straight games entering the midweek tilt and has penciled in RHP Jared Carkuff (0-0, 7.06 ERA) for the start.

The Inside Edge - Austin Peay
Austin Peay presents the Tigers with their fourth-straight game against a team ranked inside the top-50 of the RPI. The Governors sport an impressive 38-13 record entering the final week of the regular season. Austin Peay has one of the nation's best offenses as the Governors hit .299 with 38 home runs and 284 RBI. Graig Massoni leads the club with a .391 average, 13 home runs and 60 RBI. Reed Harper has hit three home runs and driven in 40 while P.J. Torres has smashed six home runs and collected 29 RBI. Austin Peay is 70-of-105 in steal attempts with Cody Hudson leading the club with 24. On the mound, Austin Peay carries a 4.43 ERA with 389 strikeouts and 212 walks in 456.2 innings. Tyler Rogers has 19 saves on the season to go with a 1.80 ERA and a 7-2 mark out of the bullpen.

30 Win Seasons
The Tigers swept Marshall to improve to 30-19 on the season and in doing so, did something that has been accomplished in more than 20 years at the U of M. The Tigers posted 30 wins in 2011 and 32 last season, but you have to go all the way back to 1993-1995 seasons to find the last time the Tigers put together three-straight seasons with 30 or more victories.

Nail Biters
Memphis has played 28 games decided by two runs or less and is 13-15 in those games. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 98-119 in games decided by two runs or less.

Answering the Call
Memphis closer Jonathan Van Eaton set a new single-season school record with his 10th save of the season on May 5 against Marshall. His seventh save of the season, at UAB on April 13, set a new career saves record at the University of Memphis. Van Eaton closed out the win at No. 17 Rice on May 10 for his 19th carrer save, five better than Matt Yokley's career total. The NCBWA recognized Van Eaton's work, naming him to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List.

Three Hits and Win
Memphis mustered just three hits in the 1-0 victory over Marshall on May 4. Of the Tigers three hits in the game, two were doubles, but it was a wild pitch that gave the Tigers a 1-0 win. The last time the Tigers won when tallying only three hits came on May 9, 2003 versus Houston (4-3).

All We Need is Three to Five
With a pitching staff that sports an ERA below 2.75, Memphis' magic number on offense is fairly low. The Tigers are 23-2 this season when scoring at least five runs this season, 26-4 when scoring four or more and 28-8 when putting three or more runs on the scoreboard. The two losses in which Memphis scored five or more runs were 9-8 decisions against Buffalo and UAB, respectively.

Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 145 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).

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 26-10 when 14 or more reach base and 6-10 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Parade of Lefties
The Tigers have played 52 games this season and the U of M has sent a left-handed starter to the hill in 50 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.



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