BILLIKENS PLAY REGION RIVAL, CONFERENCE OPPONENT THIS WEEK

•The Saint Louis Billikens (14-16, 3-5 Atlantic 10) play four games this week.

•Up first is a nonconference game at Southern Illinois (19-16) Wednesday, April 5, at 4 p.m.

•SLU welcomes A-10 rival Massachusetts (12-15, 2-1 A-10) to the Billiken Sports Center for a three-game weekend series April 8-9. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game begin at noon.

FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS

•Live statistics will be provided for every game this week.

•There will be a live audio stream of the Saint Louis-Southern Illinois game.

•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 .261 batting average and a .442 slugging percentage. SLU clubbed 26 home runs, 50 doubles and nine triples in its first 30 games.

•The pitching staff owns a 3.14 ERA and allows opponents a .250 batting average. Billiken hurlers are yielding just 6.8 hits and 3.0 walks per seven innings and have allowed only 12 home runs in 30 games.

Allie Macfarlane leads the Billikens in batting average (.366), home runs (seven), slugging percentage (.677), on-base percentage (.443), RBIs (31) and hits (34). She is tied for the team lead in doubles (eight).

Mackenzie Peter is batting .330 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

Alex Nickel carries a .323 batting average; has team highs of five triples, 28 runs, seven stolen bases, three sacrifice flies and 17 walks; and is tied for the team lead with eight doubles. Nickel has three homers and 16 RBIs.

Alyssa Tarquinio has a .319 batting mark, two home runs and 14 RBIs.

Hailey Weavers has three home runs and 11 RBIs.

Maddie Baalman leads the pitching staff with six wins, followed by Kaylea Chappelle with five and Kallen Loveless with three. Baalman’s 2.70 ERA is the team’s best.

BILLIKENS NINTH IN THE NATION IN DOUBLES

•Through games of April 2, Saint Louis ranks ninth in NCAA Division I in doubles per game (1.67). The Billikens are 23rd in triples per game (0.30) and 47th in home runs per game (0.87).

Alex Nickel ranks ninth in triples per game (0.17) and 36th in sacrifice flies (three). Allie Macfarlane is 47th in RBIs per game (1.03).

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 home runs (26), slugging percentage (.442) and walks (92); and ranks third in RBIs (125), doubles (50) and total bases (356).

Alex Nickel leads the A-10 in triples (five); is tied for first in sacrifice flies (three); stands fourth in walks (17); ranks fifth in runs (28); and is tied for fifth in doubles (eight).

Allie Macfarlane is third in RBIs (31); fourth in home runs (seven), slugging percentage (.677) and total bases (63); and tied for fifth in doubles (eight).

Mackenzie Peter is fifth in slugging percentage (.604) and tied for fifth in home runs (six) and triples (two).

Emma Buckles is tied for first in sacrifice bunts (five).

Hailey Weavers is tied for fifth in hit-by-pitch (five).

•In pitching and fielding categories, the Billikens rank second in ERA (3.14) and assists (273); tied for second in double plays (seven) and runners caught stealing (nine); and third in fielding percentage (.962) and lowest opponents’ batting average (.250).

Alyssa Tarquinio leads the A-10 in chances (245) and putouts (234) and ranks third in double plays (six).

Alex Nickel is second in assists (78).

Hailey Weavers is second in runners caught stealing (seven).

Maddie Baalman is fifth in starts (14) and tied for fifth in wins (six).

Kaylea Chappelle is tied for fifth in appearances (18).

Allie Macfarlane is tied for fifth in assists (64).

NICKEL TIES SLU CAREER RUNS RECORD

•At Rhode Island last weekend, Alex Nickel tied the Saint Louis career record for runs (150). Nickel also owns the Billikens’ career marks for total bases (306), assists (494), walks (119) and sacrifice flies (nine).

•Nickel has a chance to set several other SLU career records. She is second with 26 home runs (record is 29) and 186 hits (225), and fifth with 102 RBIs (123).

•Nickel is tied for fourth with 32 doubles, eighth with 816 chances, tied for ninth with five triples and 10th with 37 stolen bases.

Mackenzie Peter holds the SLU career doubles record (44) and is in contention for two other school marks. Peter is third with 24 home runs (29) and tied for third with 278 total bases (306).

•Other SLU top-10 rankings for Peter are fourth in runs (105), fifth in walks (78), sixth in RBIs (91) and tied for ninth in triples (five).

Allie Macfarlane is tied for third with 115 RBIs, challenging the school record of 123. Macfarlane is fifth with 22 home runs, ninth with 216 total bases and ninth with 61 walks.

Alyssa Tarquinio ranks second with 1,015 putouts and third with 1,087 chances.

Maddie Baalman is ninth with 21 wins.

Emma Buckles is tied for ninth with 21 sacrifice bunts.

Hailey Weavers is 10th with 650 putouts.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS

Southern Illinois – Click here for the Salukis' complete statistics … Southern Illinois leads the Missouri Valley Conference with a 7-2 record … the Salukis rank 15th nationally in fielding percentage (.976) … four of SIU’s five 2016 All-Conference players are back – senior pitcher/infielder Shaye Harre and sophomore pitcher Brianna Jones (first team), as well as junior catcher/infielder Sydney Jones and junior pitcher Savanna Dover (second team) … Harre leads the team in batting average (.369) while ranking fourth nationally in walks per game (1.14) and sixth in on-base percentage (.576) … Brianna Jones is 21st in the nation in fewest walks per seven innings (1.06).

Massachusetts – Click here for the Minutewomen's complete statistics … UMass plays a Wednesday doubleheader vs. Fairleigh Dickinson before coming to St. Louis … the Minutewomen took two of three from George Washington last weekend in their first A-10 series of the season … UMass finished third (15-6) in the A-10 last season after placing eighth in 2015 … five A-10 postseason honorees returned – senior shortstop Jena Cozza (first team), junior pitcher Meg Colleran (first team), sophomore infielder Kaitlyn Stavinoha (All-Rookie), sophomore outfielder Erin Stacevicz (All-Rookie) and sophomore infielder/outfielder Kaycee Carbone (All-Rookie) … Stavinoha leads the team in batting average (.366) and RBIs (22) … freshman pitcher/infielder Candace Denis has made an immediate impact, ranking 26th in the nation in stolen bases per game (0.67/18 in 19 attempts) and 37th in fewest hits per seven innings (4.53).

UP NEXT

•Saint Louis visits George Washington for a three-game A-10 series Friday and Saturday, April 14-15. Friday’s doubleheader and Saturday’s single game begin at 11 a.m. (CT).