Alamo Irish Classic
San Antonio, Texas (Nelson Wolff Stadium)
Saint Louis vs. Lafayette | Live Stats
Friday, Feb. 17 | 3 p.m.
Saint Louis vs. Incarnate Word | Live Stats
Friday, Feb. 17 | 7 p.m.
Saint Louis vs TBD
Sunday, Feb. 19 | 11 a.m.
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
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.
Since Hendrickson took the reigns in 2008, the Billikens have played five teams with an L in the institution’s name on opening day, going 4-1 against said teams.
ALAMO IRISH CLASSIC
The Billikens take on Lafayette on Friday at 3 p.m., Incarnate Word on Friday at 7 p.m. and Notre Dame on Saturday at 11 a.m. Additionally, the top two teams and the bottom two teams of the tournament will play concurrently on Sunday at 11 a.m.
BILLIKENS ON OPENING DAY
Since 1965. the Billikens are 22-29 on opening day and 5-4 under Darin Hendrickson. In the five seasons in which the Billikens have won the season opener under Hendrickson, the teams have posted four 30-win seasons and two NCAA Regional appearances.
THAT SABRMETRIC STUFF
LHP/DH Devin Mahoney had a solid junior campaign, and advanced metrics back up his play. He had a 7.46 Runs Created per 9 Innings, which estimates the number of runs produced based on offensive stats (invented by Bill James). Additionally, Mahoney posted an .871 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) and a .295 Gross Production Average, which is similar to OPS, but gives more weight to OBP. He also had a Total Average of .575, which credits each base accumulated divided by total outs made. Mahoney leads all returners in each of the mentioned metrics.
KING OF THE DIAMOND
In his two-year career, Alex King has made 109 starts at shortstop. Since joining the Billikens in 2015, there have only been three games in which King has not started at shortstop (one in 2016, two in 2015)
ASSISTING FROM DEEP
Last season, Saint Louis was 18th in the NCAA in outfield assists with 13. Trent Leimkuehler led the Billikens with seven OF assists (15th in NCAA).
HITS IN BUNCHES
Last season, Trent Leimkuehler and Parker Sniatynski led the Billikens with five three-hit performances each. Sniatynski posted 21 mult-hit games total, while Leimkuehler had 18.
Entering the 2017 season, Parker Sniatynksi has SLU’s longest active hitting streak at seven games. Devin Mahoney has the team’s longest active on-base streak at 12 games.
BULLIES IN THE BULLPEN
Saint Louis has three returning bullpen arms that posted 20 or more appearances last season: Sean Frontzak, Ryan Lefner and Brett Shimanovsky. In SLU history, 15 pitchers have recorded 22 or more appearances. As a team, the Billikens had four pitchers make 20 or more appearances, matching a SLU record set in 2013.
The Billikens are expected to start three newcomers in the lineup in 2017 (Aaron Case, Carter Hanford and Nick Reeser). It would be the most newcomers SLU has had in an opening day lineup since the Billikens started three newcomers in 2014. The most SLU newcomers in an opening day lineup was five in 2009.
HIGHLY TOUTED FRESHMEN
The Saint Louis freshman class of Garrett Acton, Jake Garella, Josh Garner, Ryan Hernandez, Keith Kutzler, Justin Lockwood, Nick Mehlin, Charlie Sheehan, Justin Stollberg and Peter Zimmerman are rated the No. 61 class in the country by Perfect Game. It is the highest ranking for a SLU class ever, and the second consecutive season in which a Billiken class has been ranked in the top 100.
ATLANTIC 10 PRESEASON POLL
The Billikens were selected third in the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason baseball poll, the league coaches voted prior to the start of the season. It is the fifth consecutive season in which Saint Louis was selected in the top three of the conference in the preseason poll.
The Billikens boast a handful of baseball talent from across the globe. Sophomore pitcher Jackson Wark is a native of Canada and sophomore first baseman Braxton Stowe hails from Bermuda. Additionally, assistant coaches Will Bradley and Tyler Anderson are both standouts from Australia.
HENDRICKSON IN THE HALL
Saint Louis head baseball coach Darin Hendrickson has been inducted to the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. Hendrickson has been the Billiken skipper since 2008. In that time he has amassed a 292-221 record, the second-most wins in school history. From 2009-15, Hendrickson had a school-record seven consecutive winning seasons. He was the 2012 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year honorable mention in 2013. Hendrickson is the only coach in SLU history to record back-to-back 30+ win seasons, a feat he achieved twice (2009-10 and 2012-13).
• Trent Leimkuehler has played in 98 games in his career and made 97 career starts.
• Leimkuehler also has 85 career hits, 15 away from 100.
• The next run scored will be the 50th of Alex King’s career.
• Brett Shimanovsky enters his senior season with 68 career appearances. The SLU record is 90 set by Jon Levin.
• Shimanovsky also has 90 career strikeouts, SLU’s active leader.
• Alex King has 319 career assists, the 15th Billiken to ever reach 300+ career assists. Only seven Billikens have reached 400 assists in their careers.
The Leopards are led by junior Steven Cohen, who hit .327 with a .421 on-base percentage and a .453 slugging percentage while starting all 43 games last season. He also leads all returners with nine steals last season. On the mound, SLU will face RHP David Giusti who posted a 3-1 record with a 6.27 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 33 IP.
SCOUTING INCARNATE WORD
The Cardinals will be led by Mark Whitehead, who missed most of last season due to injury. Returning is leadoff man Ryan Gonzalez, who leads the Cardinals with five steals last season. Earning the start against SLU is RHP Tyler Lesley. He had a 4-3 record with a 9.20 ERA is 29.1 IP last season.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
The Irish are led at the dish by St. Louis native Matt Vierling. He started all 54 contests for UND last season, hitting .258 with a .366 slugging percentage and a .322 on-base percentage. Vierling had six home runs and 29 RBIs. On the mound, the Billikens take on RHP Ryan Smoyer. Last season, he posted a 3-4 record with a 4.26 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 27 walks in 61.1 IP.