@UofMBaseball Travels to Rice for C-USA Tournament
Go Tigers! LHP Sam Moll will get the 2013 C-USA Tournament underway with the start against UCF Wednesday
Go Tigers!
LHP Sam Moll will get the 2013 C-USA Tournament underway with the start against UCF Wednesday
Go Tigers!

May 20, 2013


Games 57-59
C-USA Tournament 

May 22-26 2013 - Houston, Texas (Reckling Park)

Memphis

Memphis
Tigers 

33-23

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Media Guide

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Game 57 -Wednesday vs UCF - 11:00 AM

UCF (29-27)
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UAB (22-34)
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Rice (37-17)
Rice Notes
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LHP Sam Moll
(8-3 2.38 ERA)

RHP Ben Lively
(7-4 1.71 ERA)

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Game 58 -Thursday vs UAB - 3:00 PM
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Game 59 -Saturday vs Rice - 11:00 AM
LHP Erik Schoenrock
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HOUSTON – Memphis (33-23) advanced to the final of the Conference USA Tournament a year ago and will face UCF, UAB and Rice in attempt to get to the C-USA Championship game this season. The Tigers take on UCF on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the first of three games of pod play at the Conference USA Tournament at Reckling Park. Memphis will face UAB at 3 p.m. on Thursday before the final pod game on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the host Rice Owls.

The Tigers will send LHP Sam Moll (8-3, 2.38 ERA) to the mound in the opener against UCF (29-27). Moll and UCF starter Ben Lively (7-4, 1.71 ERA) battled in a pitcher’s duel at FedExPark on April 5 with the Tigers coming out on top 2-1. The Tigers and Knights have met two times in the C-USA Tournament with the U of M coming away with a 12-6 victory in 2007, but a 16-9 loss in 2011.

A rematch of the C-USA Championship game a season ago, Memphis meets UAB (22-34) on Thursday. Neither team has announced a probable starter for the matchup. The contest will mark the third-straight year the two clubs have met at the C-USA Tournament with the Blazers winning in 2012 and the Tigers victorious in 2011. Memphis and UAB are all square at 2-2 in C-USA Tournament play and 5-5 all-time in league tournament meetings.

The Tigers close the pod play schedule with the matchup against Rice(37-17) on Saturday. LHP Erik Schoenrock (7-3, 2.51 ERA) is penciled in for the start, but the Owls have not named his counterpart. Schoenrock tossed his fifth complete game at Rice two weeks ago as he allowed one run, unearned, on six hits while striking out seven. The meeting will be seventh in the C-USA Tournament between the two squads. Memphis edged the Owls 3-2 in the 2012 C-USA Tournament to clinch the spot in the C-USA Championship, but Rice holds a 4-2 edge in the six previous encounters at the tournament. Memphis is 0-4 in games against the host school of the tournament dating back to the first C-USA Tournament in 1996.

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Pod Facts
Memphis won the series against the three team in its pod this year, but lost the series to all the teams in the other pod. The Tigers swept UCF and won two-of-three against UAB and Rice.

Payback
The Tigers have lost their last two C-USA Tournament games against opponents they swept in the regular season. In 2012, Memphis swept Houston and UAB, but lost to each 7-3 and 5-0 in the C-USA Tournament. Dating back to 1978, Memphis is 8-9 in tournament games against teams it earned a three-game sweep against during the regular season.

We Meet Again
Memphis sports a 20-26 record since 2005 opponents that it played for a second time more than one week apart. The Tigers are 2-0 this season with midweek wins against Ole Miss and Arkansas State.

Tournament Record
Memphis is 13-21 all-time in the C-USA Tournament dating back to the first appearance in 1996. In all league tournament games, Memphis is 60-61 since the 1971 Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Redemption
Memphis lost to UAB in the C-USA Championship game 5-0 a season ago. In the 17 previous tournaments, with the exception of 2007 because of no tournament champion in 2006 (weather), the team that loses in the championship game is 22-26 the following year. Three times that team has come back to win the C-USA Tournament the next season with two of the three occasions happening in the last three years.

End Of An Era
Memphis will submit its final lineup card with Conference USA displayed on the top either Saturday against Rice or Sunday in the C-USA Championship game. Memphis moves to The American Athletic Conference in July and the C-USA Tournament is the final athletics event for the University of Memphis in C-USA. In 18 seasons as a league member, Memphis has a 196-276 record in league games, including the C-USA Tournament.

The Inside Edge – UCF
UCF carries a 29-27 record into Reckling Park for the C-USA Tournament. The Knights are seeded fifth with a league record of 13-11. Offensively, UCF hits .259 with 35 home runs and 257 RBI. Chris Taladay leads the club with a .361 average and 43 RBI. Erik Hempe, James Vasquez and Jeramy Matos each have eight home runs to lead the club and JoMarcus Woods leads the team with nine stolen bases. On the mound, UCF has a 3.86 ERA with 366 strikeouts and 200 walks in 489.1 innings. Opponents hit .262 against the Knights and four players have combined for 10 saves.

The Inside Edge – UAB
Eighth-seeded UAB is 22-34 on the season after taking the final two regular season games at Tulane. The Blazers finished with a league record of 7-17. UAB hits .260 with nine home runs and 207 RBI. Ryan Prinzing leads the club at .337 with three home runs while John Frost has a team-high 38 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Pitching wise, UAB has a 5.44 ERA with 334 strikeouts and 214 walks in 486.1 innings. The Blazers have six players with saves and Chase Mallard leads the six players with three saves.

The Inside Edge – Rice
Rice swept Marshall over the weekend and didn’t allow a run over the final 26 innings of the series. The Owls clinched a regular season or tournament title for the 18th-straight season and enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Owls are 37-17 and finished as co-champions with Southern Miss at 15-9 in league play. Rice leads the league with a .282 batting average while collecting 23 home runs and 257 RBI. Michael Aquino leads the club with a .332 average and Michael Ratterree has a team-high nine home runs and 39 RBI. Ratterree also has a team-high 12 stolen bases. The Owls also lead C-USA in pitching, sporting a 2.86 ERA with 424 strikeouts and 185 walks in 497.2 innings. Zech Lemond has 13 of 16 saves by the Owls pitching staff this season.

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.

Ironman
Shortstop Ethan Gross has made 149 consecutive starts dating back to the second game of a doubleheader at East Carolina on March 26, 2011. Gross is scheduled to make his 150th consecutive start on Wednesday against UCF, breaking the school record held by Mike Dlugach.

Growing Up Quick
There are seven sophomores on the Tigers roster that see every day playing time this season and after not seeing many at-bats a year ago, the group is forced to grow up quick. The seven sophomores combined for 410 at-bats a year ago and this season have a combined 975 among them, 54 percent of the team total.

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 earned his 20th career save on May 16 at SEMO to climb five ahead of Matt Yokley’s career total of 15. The NCBWA recognized Van Eaton’s work, naming him to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List.

Nail Biters
Memphis has played 30 games decided by two runs or less and is 14-16 in those games. Under head coach Daron Schoenrock, the U of M is 99-120 in games decided by two runs or less.

All We Need Is Three
With a pitching staff that sports an ERA of 2.94, Memphis’ magic number on offense is fairly low. The Tigers are 24-2 this season when scoring at least five runs this season, 27-5 when scoring four or more and 29-9 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.

A Wild Finish
In two of Memphis’ wins this season, the only runs in the game scored because of wild pitches. The Tigers scored two runs against UCF, both off of wild pitches in the same inning for a 2-1 win over the Knights. Memphis took a 1-0 win over Marshall with a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning at FedExPark on May 4.

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 26-12 when 14 or more reach base and 7-11 when having 13 or fewer base runners in a game.

Parade of Lefties
The Tigers have played 56 games this season and the U of M has sent a left-handed starter to the hill in 54 of those games, including the last 18 games. Memphis started a lefty in the first 32 games before right-hander Dylan Toscano started against UAPB on April 10. Toscano made two midweek starts, allowing two hits over nine innings of work. The Tigers have started lefties in all weekend games this season.


 

 

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