The Billikens start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2002. They bost one of the top offensive teams in the NCAA after scoring 46 runs (10th in NCAA) on 58 hits (seventh in NCAA) in four games last weekend. Saint Louis is led at the plate by reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Aaron Case, who is hitting .474 with a .565 on-base percentage and a .947 slugging percentage. Senior Trent Leimkuehler is third in the NCAA with four doubles this season. On the mound, Miller Hogan is the Billiken ace, with a 0.00 ERA in five innings pitched with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Saint Louis junior center fielder Aaron Case has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference baseball co-Player of the Week, the league announced today.
The Billikens rose to 4-0 with an 8-3 victory over Notre Dame in San Antonio, Texas. The win gave Saint Louis the tournament crown for the Alamo Irish Classic. Aaron Case paced the Billiken offense with a home run and four RBIs in the contest. Lefty Aaron Patton gets the win in relief, his first win as a Billiken.
Saint Louis defeated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 8-6 to rise to 3-0 for the first time since 2002. Transfers Aaron Case, Carter Hanford and Nick Reeser powered the SLU offense. Case finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs score and an RBI. Hanford was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Reeser went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
Saint Louis poured on 24 runs in the Billikens' first game of the season, defeating Lafayette 24-6. It is the most runs scored by a Saint Louis team since the 1992 team defeated Southwest Baptist 30-8 (also the first game of the season). Additionally, the Billikens had 24 hits in the contest, setting a SLU record. Sophomore Miller Hogan picked up the win.
The Billikens are led by 2016 Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer Trent Leimkuehler, who leads all returners with 10 home runs last season. Also returning is catcher James Morisano, who was recently tabbed as one of the top 10 prospects in the Atlantic 10 by Perfect Game. On the mound for SLU will be sophomores RHP Miller Hogan and RHP Jackson Wark as well as southpaw senior Devin Mahoney. Hogan was a 2016 Atlantic 10 All-Rooke selection and leads all returning starters with a 3.27 ERA. Wark had a tough-luck freshman campaign, but is one of SLU's most improved players this fall. Mahoney will pull double duty as the team's primary DH as well as a sunday starter.
The 2017 Billikens boast a deep pitching rotation and an experienced bullpen. Returning to the weekend rotation is Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection Miller Hogan. Hogan had bad luck with a 3-8 record, but posted a 3.27 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 22 walks in 71.2 innings pitched. He held opposing hitters to a .254 batting average. Also returning is LHP Devin Mahoney, who will pull double duty as Sunday starter and designated hitter. Mahoney worked his way into the rotation midway through last season, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.61 ERA and 44 strikeouts to just 17 walks.
Saint Louis baseball is tied for third in the annual Atlantic 10 Conference preseason coaches' poll. It is the fifth-consecutive season in which the Billikens have earned a top-three spot in the poll.
Saint Louis boasts one of the most experienced outfields in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Returning are corner outfielders senior Trent Leimkuehler and junior Parker Sniatynski. Leimkuehler was a first-team All-Atlantic 10 honoree last season after hitting .297 with a .326 on-base percentage and .502 slugging percentage. Sniatynski earned second-team accolades hitting .321 with a .369 on-base percentage and .392 slugging percentage.
The Billikens return the middle infield tandem of sophomore second baseman Cole Dubet and junior shortstop Alex King for the 2017 season
Saint Louis baseball will host an intimate dinner with Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. at Dominic's in Clayton. Cost for the event, which is limited to 30 attendees, is $1,000 per person. For more information on the dinner or to reserve a spot, contact head coach Darin Hendrickson at 314-977-3172 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Saint Louis baseball will host its annual First Pitch Dinner on January 27 at Lorenzini's in Chaifetz Arena with guest speaker Randy Flores. Admission to the event is $100. Flores is the Director of Scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals, a position he has held since 2015. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of the scouting department, including the amateur draft.