Feb. 27, 2012
|Probable Starting Pitchers
|at Ole Miss
||RHP Michael Wills (MEM) vs. RHP Sam Smith (Ole Miss)
|at Mississippi State
||TBA vs. TBA
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tiger Baseball hits the road for the first time this season with a two-game trip to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Tigers battle the Rebels on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Oxford, Miss., and travel to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Tuesday’s game will be carried live on WUMR 91.7 FM with play-by-play by Jeff Brightwell. The broadcast is also available through Memphis Tiger Vision. Live stats are available for both games at GoTigersGo.com and you can follow the Tigers on Twitter (@UofMBaseball) for in-game updates. A live stream of the games can be found on OleMissSports.com or HailState.com.
Since Memphis first played a February home game in the 1984 season, the Tigers have an impressive 55-21-1 record in February home games. Under Coach Schoenrock, Memphis is 11-5 in February home games. On the road, the Tigers are 48-43 in February games. Overall, the U of M carries a 103-64-1 record in February games.
On This Date.....
Memphis has played 14 games on Feb. 28 and the Tigers carry a 9-5 record to Oxford, Miss., for Tuesday’s game. Memphis and Ole Miss have met once on Feb. 28 in 1998 and the Tigers were victorious 4-1.
The Tigers have played just five times on Feb. 29 and carry a 2-3 record on the date. Memphis has dropped the last three on the date, but two of those three were one run losses.
The Series With Ole Miss
The Memphis-Ole Miss series dates back to the 1915 season and the Rebels hold a 94-54-1 advantage in the series. The Tigers have split the home-and-home series with Ole Miss the last two seasons after the Rebels had won 17 of 18 dating back to the 2001 season. Since 1978, Memphis is 14-30 in games played at Oxford, Miss. The Tigers’ last win in Oxford, Miss., came in the 2003 season as Memphis won 6-3.
The Inside Edge - Ole Miss
Ole Miss is fresh off a series sweep of UNC-Wilmington over the weekend to improve to 6-1 on the season. The Rebels ride a four-game win streak into Tuesday’s game after taking the midweek match up with Arkansas State on Feb. 21. Rebel probable starter Sam Smith pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits in the win over Arkansas State. As a staff, Ole Miss has a 2.89 era and 53 strikeouts to only 16 walks. In 53 innings pitched, Ole Miss has allowed 10 extra-base hits (eight doubles, two triples). At the plate, the Rebels are hitting .306 and average six runs per game. Alex Yarbrough leads the starting cast with a .385 batting average and six other players are hitting above .300. Yarbrough has two of the Rebels’ four home runs this season and he leads the team with nine RBI.
The Series With Mississippi State
The Tigers and Bulldogs meet for the 71st time on Wednesday in Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State carries a 49-21 advantage in the series and has won 13 of the last 14 in the series. The Tigers last win in the series came in the 2008 campaign and the last victory at Mississippi State came on Feb. 27, 1996, a 3-2 victory. Memphis is 5-16 since 1978 in games played at Mississippi State.
The Inside Edge - Mississippi State
Mississippi State sits at 6-1 on the season and will host the Tigers on Wednesday. The Bulldogs won four games over the weekend with two wins against both Mississippi Valley State and Kansas. On the mound, Mississippi State has a 1.88 ERA in 67.0 innings. The Bulldogs average 10-plus strikeouts per game and have walked just 16. At the plate, Trey Porter leads the club with a .409 average. Porter leads the team with two home runs and is tied for the team lead with five RBI. Five players are hitting above .300 for the Bulldogs.
With a 25-16 mark in weekend series, midweek games puzzled the Tigers last season, as the club finished with a 4-9 record. Memphis was outscored by its opponents 66-62 in the 13 midweek games and the Tigers averaged 4.76 runs per game during midweek battles. On the weekends, the U of M averaged 6.93 runs per game and outscored opponents 284-225 in those 41 games.
Memphis vs. Ranked Opponents
The Tigers faced their first ranked opponent of the season in Tuesday’s game at Ole Miss. The Rebels are ranked No. 23 in this week’s Collegiate Baseball Poll. Memphis is 80-226 against ranked foes all-time and the last win versus a ranked team came on May 14, 2011 as the Tigers beat No. 19 Rice 5-3.
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 0-1 in games decided by two runs or less 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 18-8 in the first three and the Tigers are outscoring opponents 12-11 after the fifth.
Jacob Wilson and Adam McClain are in pursuit of top-10 positions in the record books for career numbers. Wilson (189) and McClain (183) are 13th and 14th, respectively, in career hits. Wilson has 48 career doubles which ties for fourth all-time. The two seniors are also climbing the charts in games played as Wilson (171) and McClain (166) could each eclipse the top-five with 35 games played this season. With 30-plus RBI this season, Wilson could inch closer to the top-five in the category with 130 on his career.
Since the 2005 season, the Tigers are 56-87 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.
Replacing The 1-2 Punch
Entering the 2012 season, one of the biggest concerns will be replacing the offensive production at the top of the order left by the departure of draft picks Drew Martinez and Chad Zurcher. The duo combined to hit over .380 last season and scored over 100 runs. Ethan Gross and Adam McClain have been in the 1 and 2 spots in the lineup each game this season and the duo has combined to go 18-for-46 (.391) with a two doubles, six RBI, 14 runs scored, five walks and three steals.
Memphis is 86-133 under head coach Daron Schoenrock following a loss. After a 9-32 record in the 2005 season following a loss, the Tigers are 77-101 since. In the last three seasons, the U of M is 32-26 following a loss.
Help Choose Player/Pitcher of the Game
This season, each game recap on GoTigersGo.com will feature a player and pitcher of the game. Fans can help choose the Player and Pitcher of the game by nominating a student-athlete on Twitter, Facebook or via the live chat. Tweet your nomination to @UofMBaseball on twitter or post a comment on the game thread on the facebook page for the Memphis Baseball Team (Facebook.com/MemphisBaseball). There will be a running list of winners here on each set of game notes.
Pitcher of the Game
2/17 Tyler Farley (3.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K)
2/18 Dan Langfield (7.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
2/19 Jonathan Van Eaton (1.0 IP, 1R, 0ER, 1H, 0BB, 0K)
2/24 Patrick Bailey (2.1 IP, 0R, 0ER, 2H, 0BB, 3K)
2/25 Dan Langfield (8.0 IP, 0R, 0ER, 5H, 1BB, 11K)
2/26 Sam Moll (6.0 IP, 2R, 2ER, 4H, 1BB, 2K)
Player of the Game
2/17 Adam McClain (3-4, 2B, RBI)
2/18 Jacob Wilson (2-3, HR, 3R, 4 RBI)
2/19 Adam McClain (3-4, 2R, 2 RBI)
2/24 T.J. Rich (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
2/25 Zach Willis (2-2, 2B, 2R)
2/26 Eli Hynes (3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI)
Tigers With RISP
In the opening weekend, Memphis hit 12-for-42 (.286) with runners in scoring position (RISP), but the Tigers improved in week two, hitting 12-for-38 (.316). Looking closer, the Tigers are 7-for-30 (.233) with two outs and runners in scoring position.
Tigers With Ducks On The Pond
Memphis has hit with the bases loaded eight times this season, but two RBI singles by Derrick Thomas are the lone hits with the bases full.
The Tigers return to FedExPark for a three game series with Bradley this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.