TWO ATLANTIC 10 OPPONENTS ON BILLIKEN SCHEDULE
•The Saint Louis Billikens (12-13, 1-2 Atlantic 10) have five games on this week’s docket, all against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents.
•The Billikens begin the week by hosting Dayton (15-13, 3-0 A-10) in a doubleheader Wednesday, March 29. The twinbill at the Billiken Sports Center gets underway at 2 p.m.
•SLU hits the road for a three-game series vs. Rhode Island (2-18, 0-3) Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game begin at 11 a.m. (CT).
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader vs. Dayton will be audio streamed for free on SLU’s official athletics website, www.SLUBillikens.com.
•Live statistics will be provided for every game this week.•The links can be found on the home page of www.SLUBillikens.com, in the schedule section below the top stories, as well as on the softball schedule page.
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here for Saint Louis’ complete statistics.
•The Billiken offense averages 4.7 runs and carries a .260 batting average and a .445 slugging percentage. SLU clubbed 21 home runs, 46 doubles and nine triples in its first 25 games.
•The pitching staff owns a 2.98 ERA and allows opponents a .244 batting average. Billiken hurlers are yielding just 6.6 hits and 3.0 walks per seven innings and have allowed only 11 home runs in 25 games.
•Allie Macfarlane leads the Billikens in batting average (.397), home runs (six), slugging percentage (.731), on-base percentage (.466), RBIs (26), hits (31) and doubles (eight).
•Mackenzie Peter is batting .321 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.
•Alyssa Tarquinio has a .312 batting mark, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
•Alex Nickel carries a .293 batting average; has team highs of five triples, 23 runs, five stolen bases, three sacrifice flies and 11 walks; and has seven doubles and 13 RBIs.
•Hailey Weavers has three home runs and 10 RBIs.
•Maddie Baalman leads the pitching staff with five wins, followed by Kaylea Chappelle with four and Kallen Loveless with three. Baalman’s 2.71 ERA is the team’s best, while Chappelle checks in at 2.98.
BILLIKENS THIRD IN THE NATION IN DOUBLES
•Through games of March 26, Saint Louis ranks third in NCAA Division I in doubles per game (1.84). The Billikens are 13th in triples per game (0.36) and 49th in home runs per game (0.84).
•Alex Nickel ranks fourth in triples per game (0.20) and 25th in sacrifice flies (three). Allie Macfarlane is 49th in RBIs per game (1.04).
SLU IN THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE STATISTICS
•In the Atlantic 10 Conference offensive statistics, Saint Louis leads the league in triples (nine); is second in doubles (46) and tied for second in home runs (21); and ranks third in slugging percentage (.445), RBIs (105) and total bases (305).
•Alex Nickel leads the A-10 in triples (five) and is tied for first in sacrifice flies (three).
•Allie Macfarlane ranks among conference leaders in seven categories. Macfarlane is third in RBIs (26); fourth in home runs (six), slugging percentage (.731) and total bases (57); fifth in batting average (.397) and on-base percentage (.466); and tied for fifth in doubles (eight).
•Mackenzie Peter is tied for fourth in triples (two) and tied for fifth in home runs (five).
•Alex Nickel is tied for fifth in runs (23).
•In pitching and fielding categories, the Billikens rank second in ERA (2.98), lowest opponents’ batting average (.244), assists (235) and double plays (seven); tied for second in runners caught stealing (seven); and third in fielding percentage (.966).
•Alyssa Tarquinio leads the A-10 in chances (214) and putouts (204) and ranks third in double plays (six).
•Alex Nickel is tied for second in assists (68).
•Hailey Weavers is tied for third in runners caught stealing (five).
•Maddie Baalman is fifth in innings (75) and tied for fifth in wins (five) and starts (11).
•Kaylea Chappelle is tied for fourth in appearances (15).
•Allie Macfarlane is fifth in assists (55).
NICKEL SETS ANOTHER SLU CAREER RECORD
•At Saint Joseph’s last weekend, Alex Nickel became Saint Louis’ career leader in total bases (292). Nickel also owns the Billikens’ career records for assists (484), walks (113) and sacrifice flies (nine).
•Nickel has a chance to set several other SLU career marks. She is second with 24 home runs (record is 29), third with 145 runs (150) and 179 hits (225), and fifth with 99 RBIs (123).
•Nickel is sixth with 31 doubles, eighth with 797 chances and tied for ninth with five triples.
•Mackenzie Peter holds the SLU career doubles record (43) and is in contention for two other school marks. Peter is tied for third with 23 home runs (29) and fifth with 269 total bases (292).
•Other SLU top-10 rankings for Peter are tied for fourth in runs (103), fifth in walks (73), tied for seventh in RBIs (87) and tied for ninth in triples (five).
•Allie Macfarlane ranks fourth with 110 RBIs, challenging the school record of 123. Macfarlane is fifth with 21 home runs, ninth with 210 total bases and ninth with 58 walks.
•Alyssa Tarquinio ranks second with 985 putouts and fifth with 1,056 chances.•Maddie Baalman is tied for ninth with 20 wins.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
•Dayton – Click here for the Flyers' complete statistics … Dayton is coming off a three-game sweep at George Washington in its first A-10 series of the season … the Flyers lead the A-10 in doubles (49) and pitching strikeouts (177 in 179.1 innings) … sophomore catcher Kyle Davidson leads the A-10 in runners caught stealing (10) and ranks third in batting average (.410) … senior pitcher Gabby Snyder bats .404 with a league-leading 36 hits … junior pitcher Manda Cash (9-6, 2.47 ERA) tops the conference with 99 strikeouts (85 innings) … Dayton finished second (14-5-1) in the 2016 A-10 regular-season standings … Snyder and Cash earned first-team All-Conference honors, while Davidson and pitcher Jessica Gilliam made the A-10 All-Rookie team.
•Rhode Island – Click here for the Rams' complete statistics … Rhode Island began A-10 play by being swept at Fordham … junior infielder Kylie Shivery (.316) and sophomore infielder/catcher Melanie Martire (.294, three home runs) are URI’s top two hitters … senior catcher Ali Summers and sophomore pitcher Becca Rogers made the 2016 All-Conference second team and All-Rookie team, respectively.
•Following a midweek nonconference game at Southern Illinois Wednesday, April 5, Saint Louis hosts A-10 rival Massachusetts in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9.