Baseball to Host Event-Filled Parent's Weekend
Go Tigers! Sr., INF, Eric Farrell
Go Tigers!
Sr., INF, Eric Farrell
Go Tigers!

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
Draft-Eligible Players Scout Day • 2:30 p.m. • Nat Buring Stadium

Workouts will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tiger baseball's MLB draft-eligible player will showcase its talents for professional scouts in the annual Pro Scouts Day workouts. Players will be evaluated by area scouts according to their performances in a series of drills, followed by a shortened scrimmage. All area scouts as well as Memphis fans are invited. Position players will be evaluated in 60-yard sprints, as well as fielding and arm strength from respective positions. All draft-eligible position players will take batting practice, followed by a scrimmage in which all draft-eligible pitchers will see approximately an inning of work.

"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
Alumni/Bullpen Club Golf Tournament • 1 p.m. Shotgun Start • Plantation Golf Club (Olive Branch, Miss.)

San Francisco Giants pitcher and former Houston High School product Matt Cain is scheduled to be in attendance. All Tiger baseball Bullpen Club members and former players are invited to attend. Cost for the tournament is $75 per player or $300 per four-man team. Lunch will be provided prior to the start of the tournament. Door prizes and raffles will be given away, as well as prizes for the longest drive and shots closest to pin. A car will also be offered as a hole-in-one prize at a select par-three hole. For more information regarding the Alumni/Bullpen Club Golf Tournament, contact Tournament Director Al Woods (awoods4@memphis.edu) at (901) 351-0062.

 

 

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Rookies vs. Vets Game • 1 p.m. • Nat Buring Stadium
Starting Pitchers
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)

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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."

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