Ryan Holland #32
Phillip Chapman #11
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Hometown: Clinton, Miss.
High School: South-Doyle
Last College: Northeast Miss. C.C.
Favorite MLB Player: Josh Hamilton
Favorite MLB Player: Jorge Posada
2010 (Junior) Memphis’ Sunday starter in 2010...Got off to a hot start, but cooled off down the stretch...Was 1-5 with a 7.11 ERA in 15 appearances...Made 14 starts...Struck out 47 in 63.1 innings pitched...Held Ole Miss scoreless in an inning of work in his lone relief outing of the year (4/13/10)...Did not allow an earned run for first 16.1 innings...Fanned a career-high 10 batters and scattered five hits in six scoreless innings in 2010 debut vs. Bradley (2/28/10)...Followed that outing with six scoreless frames in a 16-6 win over Oakland (3/7/10). 2009 (Sophomore) Was 0-1 with a 10.57 ERA in 10 appearances...Was 0-1 with a 12.19 ERA in four starts...Recorded 12.2 innings and posted a 9.24 ERA in six relief.
PITCH N’ CATCH WITH RYAN HOLLAND AND PHILLIP CHAPMAN Volume 1 Issue 23 Special Edition
2010 (Junior) Took over the starting catcher role midway through 2010 season...Batted .315 in 34 starts...Appeared in 41 games total...Racked up 40 hits, including 10 doubles and four home runs...Drove in 28 runs...Totaled 11 multi-hit games and seven outings with two or more RBI...Hit .311 as a starter and .400 as a reserve...Hit .400 in C-USA play...Missed the final two games of the regular season and the entire 2010 C-USA Championships after suffering a broken arm in series-opener at Southern Miss (5/20/10)...Injury ended his streak of catching 121-straight C-USA innings...Caught 129 consecutive weekend innings from April 16-May 16...Had a career day at Marshall (4/3/10) going 4-for-5 with a career and Memphis season-high five runs scored in a 21-13 slugfest.
HANGING WITH HOLLAND
CHATTING WITH CHAP
Q: What is your strangest pregame ritual? A: On gamedays, I start chewing a piece of bubble gum as soon as I get to the ball park and then I start chewing another when I step on the bullpen mound. I’ll chew those two pieces of gum the entire game.
Q: How did your superstition of drawing a “C” in the dirt prior to every at-bat come about? A: The letter C has just followed me throughout my life. My last name begins with C, my father’s initials are CCC and my fiancée’s last name starts with C, so I just came up with it one day and it has stuck with me.
Q: What is your favorite Tiger team apparel? A: The camo hats are pretty cool. I feel like the other team can’t see us when we wear them out there. (Laughs) That’s always a good thing right? Q: What has it meant to you to play and graduate with high school teammate Chad Zurcher here at the U of M? A: It has been awesome, I mean we started playing together when we were 11 and we haven’t stopped since. It is truly a priviledge to compete alongside someone for that long. Q: What are some of your favorite coaching quotes? A: Coach Stark has had several, but “Sprinkle, Sprinkle” has to be my favorite. Q: Being a mathematics major, what would you cite as the most difficult class you have taken here at the U of M? A: Topology with Dr. Batello was ridiculous. I would spend like eight hours with a couple other guys and we would get like two of the four homework problems done. It was insane. Q: What are some of your favorite stories involving Phillip Chapman? A: I can’t pick just one story in particular because he is so hilarious. Sometimes when Chapman comes out the mound, he’ll just say something funny to make me laugh. That gets you to loosen up a little bit and feel more comfortable. Plus, the guy had a handlebar mustache (for the Mustache March promotion earlier in the year). Q: How do you want to be remembered by Tiger fans? A: I just want them to remember that I went out there competed as hard as I could each and every outing. I just want them to know that I am and forever will be a Tiger.
Q: What is your favorite feature of FedExPark? A: The wind. It blows out during the Spring, and that makes my job much easier. I like that the park plays short because I’m a pull hitter, and the ball carries well to left field. Q: What are some of your favorite stories involving Ryan Holland? A: He is a goof ball off of the field, but when he steps on the mound he is just so serious. I’ve got to come out there just to calm him down a little because he is just so serious. Q: We’ve heard that you recently just got a new puppy, what’s the story behind the new “pooch?” A: He is awesome. My fiancée Megan and I had been talking about getting one for awhile and Adam McClain called me up and told me that one of his friends had a dog that they couldn’t keep. We went and checked him out and fell in love with him. Q: Looking back on your career, what has Memphis meant to you? A: Memphis has given me a chance, and coming out of JUCO that is all that I wanted. I wanted a chance to play D1 baseball and the U of M has given me that opportunity, for that I will be eternally grateful. Q: What has been the best part about being a U of M baseball player? A: The thing I love most about being a U of M player is that it is truly a brotherhood here. We all have each others backs and most of us live right next to each other. We are all best friends who just truly enjoy being around each other. Q: How do you want to be remembered by Tiger fans? A: I just want fans to remember me as a hard working guy that always tried to do things the right way.
*Fun Fact about Holland and Chapman: Both are slated to be married this summer following the conclusion of the season.* Visit GoTigersGo.com and the baseball home page to see a special edition Tiger Tales that features Bridget VanLandeghem and Jonathan VanEaton. Also, you can see every edition of Tiger Tales from the season on that page.