Memphis baseball finished the season this past weekend with a series loss at the hands of the Wichita State Shockers. With the season coming to an end on Saturday the Tigers fell to 20-36 on the season and bleak 5-19 record in AAC play.
Despite the season being bleak and lacking excitement a few moments really stand out to Tiger Nation. From eighteen strikeouts from standout pitcher Jonathan Bowlan or a monster win over UT Martin, the positives for next season are abundant.
Not going to sugar coat things, the Memphis baseball was very bleak at times dealing with double-digit rain delays, and tying the NCAA record for the number of balks per season. The Tigers lacked the consistency throughout the season to close out a series with a win with a few instances the Tigers played an incredible game the first game then turn around and look like a completely different team and drop the next two in the series. Memphis also missed out on the American Athletic Tournament for the first time since joining the AAC. Memphis has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 2007.
Memphis has a few spots throughout the season including one of the best outings by a starting pitcher when Jonathan Bowlan threw a complete game striking out eighteen batters in a game with conference rival the South Florida Bulls.
The Tigers will return a large number of players next season after only losing six seniors. Jonathan Bowlan will also be leaving Memphis for the pros as he projected in the top five rounds of the upcoming MLB draft.
Memphis will look to bounce back in the 2019 campaign and make at the very least the AAC Tournament. The Tigers will need to focus on pitching this off-season and how to replace Bowlan. One thing is for certain when the off-season comes to an end Tiger Nation will once fill the stands of FedExPark to cheer Memphis on to victory next season.