Tiger Baseball to Hold Blue-Gray Scrimmage on Saturday
Oct. 10, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head Coach Daron Schoenrock and the 2007-08 baseball squad with conclude week two of Fall drills with the annual Blue-Gray scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. The 10-inning live scrimmage will be held in conjunction with Tiger Football's 7 p.m. contest versus Middle Tennessee. Admission is free and all Tiger fans are invited to attend.
"I'm anxious to see the team perform in real game situations," said Schoenrock. "This will also give my staff and me a chance to see players at multiple positions."
The teams have been evenly divided by Schoenrock and his staff. Pitching Coach Mike Federico will coach the Blue Team, while Hitting Coach Jerry Zulli will manage the Gray squad.
The Blue side showcases 13 returning players and five newcomers. Seniors K.K. Chalmers and Chris Kirkland will lead the team that also includes six freshmen. Chalmers returns as the program's all-time stolen base record holder with 89 career swipes. He is also the leading returning power threat and run producer after launching a career-high seven homers and accounting for 96 runs last spring. Kirkland handles the Tiger pitching staff and posted 25 RBI. Tyler Huelsing, who returns as the leading hitter after hitting .345 in 38 games as a freshman. The Blue pitching staff boasts the likes of juniors Scott McGregor and closer Matt Yokley, and sophomore Brennon Martin. McGregor has won 12 decisions in two years, while Yokley made a single-season record nine saves en route to a 4-2 finish. He struck out 57 in 46.0 innings of work. Martin returns after taking the role as the Tiger's top midweek hurler. The southpaw went 4-1 in 11 outings.
The Gray team has 10 returnees, seven newcomers, seven freshmen and two seniors. The team's wealth of new talent includes infielders Brett Bowen, Robby Graham, Adam McClain and Trey Wiedman. Bowen is a transfer from Pensacola Junior College, while McClain comes is a true freshman from Houston High School. A highly-touted recruit out of Cordova High, Graham will roam the outfield for the Gray. Wiedman returns to action after sitting out the 2007 season. Pitching will be the strength of the Gray squad. Senior Neil Schenk will guide a group of gifted group of pitchers. Schenk went 2-1 with 34 strikeouts in 18 appearances last year. He will be joined by sophomores Dylan Cupples and Garrett Hachtel. Cupples went 2-2 and fanned 21, while Hachtel struck out 25 in 29.2 innings. Newcomers Chad Bell, Jonathan Jones and Duke Williams round out a group of strong first-year Tigers that will see action on the mound.
"This will be an outstanding chance for our fans to get an early look at some of the guys who will replace the 2007 senior class," stated Schoenrock.
Memphis will continue its series of scrimmages, with it next intersquad tilt set for Oct. 27 when the Tiger Rookies battle the Tiger Veterans.