BASEBALL GAMEDAY: @MemphisBaseball at American Athletic Conference Championship
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May 20, 2014

   Memphis at American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship

Thursday, May 22 2 PM Notes

          LIVE STREAM

Louisville TBA

Memphis LHP Caleb Wallingford
(6-4, 1.87 ERA, 21 BB, 70 SO) 

LHP Caleb Wallingford limited Louisville to just three hits but allowed five walks in 7.0 innings back on April 4 in a 5-4 loss. 

Friday, May 23 10 AM Notes


          LIVE STREAM

Rutgers TBA

Memphis RHP Jon Reed
(7-3, 3.45 ERA, 28 BB, 57 SO)

RHP Jon Reed faced the Scarlet Knights last week in Memphis, throwing 6.2 innings in a 7-0 loss for the Tigers. Reed struck out six and allowed seven hits, three earned runs and one walk.

Saturday, May 24 6 PM Notes




Memphis TBA

LHP Colin Lee helped Memphis to a series finale win over USF on April 27. Lee started in the contest, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing six and three earned runs in a 7-5 Memphis win.

Sunday, May 25 11 AM Notes

        ESPNU Broadcast


If the Tigers advance out of Pool A following Saturday's game, they will face the Pool B winner in The American Championship game Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT). 


• Memphis is the No. 8 seed in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship and will play top-seeded Louisville, fourth seed Rutgers and fifth seed USF in the pool play format.   
• The past two seasons, Memphis has won two of three games in pool play, advancing to the 2012 Conference USA Championship game.


• Memphis sports a 62-62 mark in conference tournament action dating back to 1971.  
• The Tigers have a record of 3-6 against teams in their pod, but five of the six losses were by two runs or less.  
• Memphis is 2-21 against ranked opponents in conference tournament play dating back to 1971. The last win came against No. 2 Rice in the 2007 C-USA Tournament.  
• Since 1996, Memphis has a record of 9-13 against opponents it met in the conference tournament and lost the regular season series to. Memphis has won the last two such meetings, defeating Southern Miss and Houston in the 2012 C-USA Tournament.


• The Tigers had a chance to win seven of the eight 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 was 1-7 with 7.27 ERA and the starters held a 7.88 ERA.  
• The Tigers game three starter did not pitch 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
Starters 7.88 0-5  32.0 8 14 .364
Bullpen 6.75 1-2 37.1 20 18 .327
Total 7.27 1-7 69.1 28 32 .344


• 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.


• The Tigers sport a 26-3 record when leading after the seventh inning and have outscored their opponents 48-27 in the frame.  
• When the Tigers are trailing after seven innings the record sits at 1-21 while a tie after seven has the Tigers record at 1-3.


• Memphis has been outscored 61-34 after the seventh inning.  
• Opponents have outscored the Tigers 38-17 in the eighth inning alone, 25-13 since March 25.  
• Since playing Arkansas State on March 25, Memphis has a deficit of 41-21 after the seventh inning.  
• The Tigers foes are hitting .240 after the seventh inning this season with 101 hits and Memphis pitchers carry a 3.62 ERA allowing 61 runs, 46 earned, and 21 doubles.


• Senior shortstop Ethan Gross made his 214th career start on Saturday against Rutgers.  
• Gross has started in 210 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 222-straight for Cincinnati.


• Freshman RHP Nolan Blackwood set the single-season record for appearances with his 31st on Saturday against Rutgers.  
• The freshman arm passed Jonathan Van Eaton who made 30 appearances in 2012.


• Junior southpaw Caleb Wallingford has taken over as the ace of the Tigers pitching staff.  
• With 86 2/3 innings pitched, Wallingford has topped the 60 IP needed to qualify for the single-season ERA record.   
• Wallingford sports a 1.87 ERA in 13 starts and 15 appearances.  
• Below is a current look at the top six single-season ERA's in program history.

Dusty Farmer 1.35 86.0 1977
John Ross 1.48 67.0 1966
Mike Paxton 1.87 67.1 1974
Caleb Wallingford 1.87 86.2 2014
Mike Paxton 1.98 67.0 1975
Greg Smith 2.04 70.2 1993


• Coming into the season, pitching coach Russ McNickle was tasked with replacing all three weekend starters.   
• The staff ERA may not be as impressive as the 2013 club put together, but Caleb Wallingford and Jon Reed have combined for 18 quality starts in the regular season, one more than the duo of Sam Moll and Erik Schoenrock had going into the conference tournament a year ago.

Starting Pitcher Comparison
Top Two Starters  W-L ERA SO Quality Starts
Moll/Schoenrock 15-6 2.45  185 17
Wallingford/Reed 13-7 2.68 127 18


• 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.


• Two strikes, two outs and one pitch away from ending the inning hasn't been kind to the Tigers.  
• The pitching staff has allowed 50 hits and 30 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 20 twostrike, two-out hits for 10 RBI.



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