PEARL, Miss. - Memphis (29-26) has won 12-of-15 entering the Conference USA Baseball Championship presented by Trustmark and the Tigers open play in the tournament on Wednesday at 11 a.m. against Southern Miss. Game two of pod play is at 7 p.m. against Rice and the pod finale is Friday at 7 p.m. against Houston.
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Memphis in C-USA Tournament Action The Tigers carry a 10-17 record all-time in the C-USA Tournament and went 1-2 in the pod play last season at Trustmark Park. Seed wise, Memphis is 2-2 against four seeds, 1-0 against No. 8 seeds and 2-5 against the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
The Tigers meet Southern Miss for the eighth time in the C-USA Tournament and carry a 2-5 record in the previous seven meetings. Including the Metro Tournament, the Tigers are 4-8 against the Golden Eagles in tournament play.
Memphis and Rice meet in the tournament for the second-straight season and Rice has a 4-1 edge in meetings in the league tournament.
The U of M has faced Houston in the tournament twice and the two clubs have split those two meetings.
May Baseball The Tigers carry a 198-191 record in games played in May since the 1977 season. Memphis has had one season above .500 under Coach Schoenrock, a 9-7 record in 2006. Including postseason tournaments, the Tigers have been .500 or better in three of Schoenrock's seven previous seasons. Memphis is 45-61 under Schoenrock in May.
Behind The "Eight" Ball The eighth inning haunted the Tigers for much of the season, but over the last 26 games, Memphis has outscored opponents 26-6 in the eighth inning. On the year, Memphis carries a 6.71 ERA in the eighth inning. The club has allowed 43 runs, 40 earned, on 69 hits. Opponents have 20 extra-base hits including 15 doubles in the eighth inning. On the season, Memphis has been outscored 43-37 in the eighth and in C-USA play, Memphis holds a 24-19 edge. Opponents have five big innings (scoring three or more runs) in the eighth against Memphis.
Quality Starting Pitching Memphis has 32 quality starts from its pitching staff in 51 games, 15 more than the staff posted all of last season. The Tigers have a 19-13 record in the 32 quality starts. In C-USA play, Langfield, Moll and Joiner have a combined 3.01 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 158.1 innings. Moll has a 1.89 ERA in league games and he has allowed 11 earned runs in 52.1 innings of league play.
How Hot Are the Tigers? The Tigers have won 12 of the last 15 games to improve from 17-23 on the season on April 22 to a 29-26 record entering the tournament. Since joining C-USA the 12-of-15 wins are the best over a 15-game stint and the nearest mark is 11-of-14 wins by the 2007 club in the middle of the year.
Over the streak, the Tigers are hitting .316 with 10 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs, 27 doubles and 23 stolen bases. The pitching staff has a 3.43 ERA in that span, but most impressive is an 8-1 record and 2.44 ERA by the bullpen.
Program Firsts During C-USA Play Winners of eight-straight Conference USA games for the first time since joining the league, the 2012 club added several other firsts to round out the league schedule. With a 14-10 record, the squad posted the highest win percentage by a U of M club with a .583 percentage. Memphis' 14 conference wins are the most since the league realigned in 2006 and most since 1999, when the conference schedule consisted of 30 games.
The Key To Recent Success? Jacob Wilson was moved to the No. 2 spot in the batting order back on April 24 and since that change the Tigers are 12-3. Wilson is hitting .359 with 7 HR and 21 RBI in the stretch. Adam McClain hits .458 while Hynes is .403 as the three, four hitters, respectively, since Wilson moved to second in the order.
Double Trouble The Tigers have recorded 101 doubles this season, but after averaging over two doubles per game the first 32 games this year, the squad has 34 in the last 23 games. Eli Hynes and Jacob Wilson pace the club with 16 doubles and Adam McClain has added 13. Memphis has recorded two or more doubles in 29 of 55 games, including the first 10 in a row. The Tigers posted nine doubles in the three-game series at Missouri, the most in a three-game set this season.
Good Start, But What About Finish? Last season, the Tigers pounced on opponents early, outscoring its opponents 156-81 in the first three innings. In the sixth through the final out, Memphis was outscored 156-115. So far in 2012, Memphis is outscoring opponents 94-73 in the first three and the Tigers have outscored opponents 121-113 after the fifth.
Top-10 Chase Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. McClain (260-2nd) and Wilson (253-3rd) are neck-and-neck as they ascend up the career hits list. Wilson has 63 career doubles and needs one to tie Steve Moss for the all-time best. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (221-2nd) and McClain (217-3rd) have eclipsed the top-five this season. Wilson recorded his 187th career RBI on May 19 to move 5 RBI shy of tying for first all-time. Wilson needs to score 19 more runs to K.K. Chalmers for first all-time in runs scored. Dan Langfield became the seventh pitcher with 200 career strikeouts and Langfield needs 22 punch outs to pass Lonnie Glass for second all-time.
Three Complete-Game Shutouts Chase Joiner became the third pitcher in program history to toss three complete-game shutouts as he acheived the feat at Houston on May 19. Joiner shutout Siena on March 17 and No. 7 UCF on April 29. Joiner's complete-game shutout against Siena was the first by a Tiger pitcher since Jarrett Grube achieved the feat on April 9, 2004. Joiner is first U of M hurler to post two or more complete-game shutouts since Collins Day recorded two in 1994. His three complete-game shutouts tie him for the second most all-time with Mark Bowlan.
Take Them How You Can Get Them Memphis has scored 325 runs this season and the Tigers have produced those runs in 18 different ways. Singles (99), home runs (69) and doubles (56) account for most of the run producers this season. Sacrifice flies (19), fielding errors (15), throwing errors (11), passed balls (9), triples (8), fielder's choice (6), groundouts (5), wild pitches (5), infield single (4), double plays (4), safety squeeze (4), bases loaded walk (3), hit batter (3), catcher's interference (1) and balk (1) are the additional ways Memphis has put runs on the board.
Three's Company Jacob Wilson hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to give Memphis a 3-2 win over Austin Peay on March 13. The win was Memphis' 15th when scoring three or fewer runs and first since March 26, 2011. Since 2006, Memphis is 18-106 in games where they score three runs or less. Last season, the Tigers were 1-15 with three or fewer runs scored. This season, Memphis is 2-16 when scoring three or fewer runs.
Quick Starters The Tigers have pounced on opponents early as the U of M has outscored the opposition 39-15 in the first inning this season. Memphis has scored in the first inning 18 out of 55 games and carries a 13-5 record in those games. The Tigers ended an 11-game drought without scoring in the first with the help of a two-run homer by Jacob Wilson at Murray State on April 18.
Off The Beaten Path Memphis carries a 24-9 record when holding a plus margin when combining walks, hit batters and opponent errors. When Memphis combines for more walks issued, batters hit and errors committed, the Tigers are 5-17 on the season.
Memphis vs. Ranked Opponents Memphis has played 13 games against rank opponents this season. The Tigers are 5-8 in those games with wins over then-No. 7 Rice, then-No. 7 UCF (2), then-No. 18 Ole Miss and No. 24 East Carolina. Memphis has played 101 games against top-10 teams and the Tigers are 18-82-2 in those contests. Overall, Memphis is 80-232-2 against ranked opponents.
No Need For Bullpen Today Memphis starting pitching has combined to record six complete-game efforts this season. The six complete games are the most since the 1999 club posted six. This year's pitching staff has the most complete-game shutouts (four) since the 1985 squad had six complete-game gems.
Out of the Pen The Memphis bullpen has keyed the Tigers surge lately. The bullpen sports 2.44 ERA in the last 15 games and an 8-1 record. Opponents are hitting .222 against the bullpen arms and have just six extra-base hits in that span.
Cardiac Kids The Tigers played several nail bitters last season and in games decided by two runs or less, Memphis finished 9-14, 7-6 in league play. The Tigers had five come-from-behind wins and nine one run losses. The Tigers are 8-12, 3-5 in league play, in games decided by two runs or less this season. The Tigers are 48-48 all time in C-USA games decided by one run. In C-USA games decided by two or fewer runs, the Tigers sport a 73-80 record.
Strikeouts Adding Up For Langfield Dan Langfield has ascended up the record books for career strikeouts he enters the weekend with 245 career strikeouts, third all-time. Leading C-USA with 104 punch outs this season, Langfield is on pace for 110 strikeouts this season, which would put him third for single-season strikeouts.
Two-Out Hits Memphis is hitting .264 (155--587) with two outs this season compared to .303 (188-621) at this point last season. The Tigers had 133 two out RBI and 355 runs scored through 55 games last year, but the U of M has mustered 94 two-out RBI so far this year with 325 runs scored.
Bounce Back Memphis is 99-143 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 90-111 since. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 45-36 following a loss. This season, the Tigers are 15-11 following a loss.
Young Lineup Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has penned a lineup 55 times this season and each game has seen five or more underclassmen making starts. Memphis has had six underclassmen in the lineup in nine games and five underclassmen in 48 games.
Road Trippin' Since the 2005 season, the Tigers are 67-98 in road games. The last time Memphis had a winning record on the road came back in the 2006 season when the Tigers were 13-11. The Tigers were 13-13 on the road this season to tie the 2006 squad for wins, most since the 1994 squad had 23 road wins.