BASEBALL GAMEDAY: @MemphisBaseball vs. Rutgers
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May 14, 2014

J. Reed

   Memphis vs Rutgers
     
 Memphis Tigers (27-26)
 
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (27-22)

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   Thursday, May 15 6:30 PM Notes

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Rutgers LHP Howie Brey
(5-2, 2.38 ERA, 24 BB, 32 K)

Memphis LHP Caleb Wallingford
(5-4, 1.90 ERA, 21 BB, 67 SO) 

LHP Caleb Wallingford will be looking for his first win on the mound since Apr. 18 against Alcorn State. Wallingford has suffered losses on the road to USF and Cincinnati most recently.

Friday, May 16 6:30 PM Notes

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Rutgers RHP Gaby Rosa
(5-2, 2.49 ERA, 18 BB, 26 SO)

Memphis RHP Jon Reed
(7-2, 3.40 ERA, 27 BB, 51 SO)

RHP Jon Reed has been victorious on the mound for the Tigers in his last two outings with wins over UConn and Cincinnati. Last weekend at Cincinnati, he threw 8.0 innings, giving up seven hits and just two earned runs in an 11-2 Memphis win.

Saturday, May 17 1 PM Notes

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Rutgers TBA

Memphis TBA

Memphis pitching has posted a 1-6 record with a 7.31 ERA in game three of conference series this season. 

WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

MLB CAP NIGHT (Thursday): Fans wearing an MLB cap of their favorite team will receive $1 admission to Thursday night's game

• 70'S NIGHT (Friday): Fans wearing 70's attire on Friday night will receive free admission to the game 

• YOUTH JERSEY SATURDAY: All youth teams sporting their baseball jersey receive FREE admission. Up to three coaches of each team can also receive FREE admission, but all other family and friends will have to pay regular admission fees. 

• SENIOR DAY: Prior to Saturday's game, the University of Memphis will honor its six seniors. The ceremony is slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. 

THE SERIES

• Memphis and Rutgers square off for the first time with the series at FedExPark.

OH SO CLOSE

• The Tigers have had a chance to win six of the seven conference series with the exception of the USF series in which the Tigers dropped games one and two.   
• In game three of conference series, Memphis is 1-6 with 7.31 ERA and the starters hold a 6.53 ERA.   
• The Tigers game three starter has not pitched past the third inning since game three of the series against UCF.  
• Below is a look at the starters, bullpen and overall numbers in game three of conference series.

Game Three of Conference Series
ERA W-L IP BB SO B/AVG
Starters 8.10 0-5  30.0 8 13 .366
Bullpen 6.53 1-1 30.1 16 14 .319

WHAT'S ON LINE

• Memphis' senior class could become the first since 1983 to have 30 or more wins in each season.   
• Since 1983, the 2013, 1995, 1991 and 1987 classes have posted three-straight seasons with 30 or more wins but each fell short of the 30 win plateau in one of their four seasons.   
• If the Tigers finish above .500, the 2014 senior class would become the first since 1991 to post four-straight winning seasons.

SEVENTH INNING KEY

• The Tigers sport a 25-3 record when leading after the seventh inning and have outscored their opponents 45-24 in the frame.   
• When the Tigers are trailing after seven innings the record sits at 1-19 while a tie after seven has the Tigers record at 1-3.

LATE INNING WOES

• Memphis has been outscored 58-29 after the seventh inning.  
• Opponents have outscored the Tigers 35-12 in the eighth inning alone, 22-8 since March 25.  
• Since playing Arkansas State on March 25, Memphis has a deficit of 38-16 after the seventh inning.   
• The Tigers foes are hitting .242 after the seventh inning this season with 95 hits and Memphis pitchers carry a 3.70 ERA allowing 58 runs, 44 earned, and 20 doubles.

IRONMAN

• Senior shortstop Ethan Gross made his 211th career start on Tuesday.  
• Gross has started in 207 consecutive games, a school record.   
• Gross started in the final 36-straight of the 2011 season and made all 59 starts in 2012 and 2013.   
• Gross has started every game since March 26, 2011 against East Carolina, the second game of the doubleheader.   
• Gross ranks second nationally in consecutive starts behind only outfielder Justin Glass who has started 219-straight for Cincinnati.

CLIMBING OUT OF A DROUGHT

• The Tigers got off to a hot start at 11-1, but have won back-to-back games just twice since.  
• Since the hot start, the Tigers have five, three-game losing streaks.  
• The 11-game splits are labeled by 1-2-3-4-5 for the first 53 games played.

11-GAME PHASE STATS
HITTING STATS
STRETCH AVG R H RBI BB SO SB-ATT
1 (10-1) .265 61  92 54 45 62 19-32
2 (5-6) .267 61 109 56 46 65 21-28
3 (3-8) .235 45 85 40 42 80 11-18
4 (4-7) .254 49 88 39 40 68 8-17
5 (5-4) .328 65 107 56 34 45 6-8
PITCHING STATS
STRETCH ERA SV BB SO WHIP B/AVG
1 (10-1) 2.56 9 33 68 1.19 .231
2 (5-6) 4.17 1 51 83 1.43 .254
3 (3-8) 4.39 2 38 58 1.41 .270
4 (4-7) 3.56 1 17 71 1.09 .248
5 (5-4) 4.67 1 37 48 1.53 .275
FIELDING STATS
STRETCH PO A E FLD %
1 (10-1) 294 102 8 .980
2 (5-6) 330 126 18 .962
3 (3-8) 289 123 15 .965
4 (4-7) 288 107 12 .971
5 (5-4) 237 81 9 .972

APPEARANCE RECORD?

• Freshman RHP Nolan Blackwood is on pace to set the single-season record for appearances.   
• The freshman arm has appeared in 29 games, putting him tied for second in the single-season ranks.  
Jonathan Van Eaton holds the single-season record after making 30 appearances in 2012.

WALLINGFORD CHASES TOP ERA

• Junior southpaw Caleb Wallingford has taken over as the ace of the Tigers pitching staff.  
• With 80 2/3 innings pitched, Wallingford has topped the 60 IP needed to qualify for the single-season ERA record.  
• Wallingford sports a 1.90 ERA in 12 starts and 14 appearances.   
• Below is a current look at the top six single-season ERA's in program history.

SINGLE-SEASON ERA (Min. 60 IP)
PLAYER ERA IP YEAR
Dusty Farmer 1.35 86.0 1977
John Ross 1.48 67.0 1966
Mike Paxton 1.87 67.1 1974
Caleb Wallingford 1.90 80.2 2014
Mike Paxton 1.98 67.0 1975
Greg Smith 2.04 70.2 1993

SUTTON ON THE BUTTON

• Freshman RHP Trevor Sutton earned the decision in two-straight games for the Tigers earning the win over USF on April 27 and the victory against Mississippi Valley on April 30.   
• Sutton became the first Memphis pitcher to earn wins in back-to-back games since Jonathan Van Eaton accomplished the feat on May 5 and May 6 of 2012.

ONE PITCH AWAY

• Two strikes, two outs and one pitch away from ending the inning hasn't been kind to the Tigers.  
• The pitching staff has allowed 47 hits and 29 two out RBI when having the opponent down to one last strike in an inning.  
• Ahead in the count 1-2 has been the biggest trouble for the Tigers as opponents have 19 two-strike, two-out hits for 10 RBI.


 

 

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