Baseball to Host Event-Filled Parent's Weekend
Oct. 15, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Head coach Daron Schoenrock and the University of Memphis baseball program will host an event-filled Parent's Weekend Thurs., Oct. 16 through Sat., Oct. 18. The weekend's festivities include the annual draft-eligible player Pro Scout Day, Alumni/Bullpen Club Golf Tournament and the Rookies vs. Vets Scrimmage.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"Scout Day has become an annual event that we try to cater to the professional scouts that cover our area and make it easy for them to come get a first look and evaluate of all of our draft-eligible players," said Schoenrock. "You never know, when a baseball year starts, who in your junior or senior class will get drafted as skills develop, but we are excited about our draft-eligible guys and we'll probably have in the neighborhood of 15-20 pro scouts for the workouts for our players."
Friday, October 17, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Rookies vs. Vets Game 1 p.m. Nat Buring Stadium
Rookies - Heith Hatfield, Fr., RHP (9-0, sub 1.00 ERA @ Bartlett HS in 2008)
Veterans - Marc Ashley, Jr. RHP (1-3, 9.51 ERA in 2008)
The Tiger returners will battle the newcomers in a 10-inning controlled scrimmage. In Schoenrock's coaching career, the Veterans hold an 18-2-1 mark over the Rookies. The Rookies only two wins came in the 2004 game--when the Tiger newcomers bested the Veterans 15-9--and in last year's tilt that saw the Rookie team cross four runs in the ninth to claim a 6-5 win. Redshirt freshman Adam McClain will lead a group of talented young Tigers that includes local talents Heith Hatfield, Drew Martinez, Ben Paullus, Trey Turner, Jacob Wilson and Michael Wills. Juco transfers Shawn Ablett, Ryan Fraser and Josh Ross will also figure in as key contributors as the Rookie squad looks to post its second consecutive victory over the Veterans. First-year assistants K.K. Chalmers and Derrick Dunbar will manage the Rookie team. Led by assistant coaches Mike Federico and Jerry Zulli, the Vets showcase a wealth of returning experience. The home team boasts seven position players that made starts in 2008, four starting pitchers (Marc Ashley, Brach Davis, Ryan Holland and Brennon Martin) and the program's all-time saves leader in Matt Yokley. Returning starters include Trey Wiedman, who led the team in hitting a year ago with a .302 average, Brett Bowen Tyler Huelsing and Chad Zurcher.
"The Rookies-Vets Game is an annual event that is fun for our coaching staff to observe," Schoenrock stated. "We like to watch the veteran players compete against the new Tiger players in a controlled scrimmage. You expect the veteran players and their experience to pull it out in the end. This is just a fun day for the kids, but for 10 innings it's very competitive."