BILLIKENS TRAVEL TO NATION’S CAPITAL, HOST LOCAL RIVAL
•The Saint Louis softball team (15-18, 4-7 Atlantic 10) has four games on its schedule over the next seven days.
•The Billikens are in Washington, D.C., for a three-game A-10 series against George Washington (18-17, 3-6 A-10) Friday and Saturday, April 14-15. Game time for Friday’s doubleheader and Saturday’s single game is 11 a.m. (CT).
•SLU returns to the Billiken Sports Center Tuesday, April 18, to welcome SIUE (32-7) for a single nonconference game that starts at 5:30 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Live statistics will be provided for every game.
•There will be a live audio stream of the Saint Louis-SIUE 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 registered 26 home runs, 54 doubles and nine triples in its first 33 games.
•The pitching staff owns a 2.96 ERA and allows opponents a .251 batting average. Billiken hurlers are yielding just 6.8 hits and 2.9 walks per seven innings and have allowed only 12 home runs in 33 games.
•Allie Macfarlane leads the Billikens in batting average (.343), home runs (seven), slugging percentage (.627) and RBIs (31). Macfarlane is tied for the team lead in hits (35) and doubles (eight).
•Alex Nickel carries a .330 batting average; has team highs of five triples, 29 runs, eight stolen bases, three sacrifice flies and 17 walks; and is tied for the team lead with 35 hits and eight doubles. Nickel has three homers and 16 RBIs.
•Mackenzie Peter leads Saint Louis in on-base percentage (.427) while batting .316 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.
•Alyssa Tarquinio has a .300 batting mark, two home runs and 16 RBIs.
•Hailey Weavers has three home runs and 11 RBIs.
•Mackenzie Lawson has contributed two home runs and 10 RBIs.
•Emma Buckles leads the Billikens with five sacrifice bunts.
•Maddie Baalman leads the pitching staff with seven wins, followed by Kaylea Chappelle with five and Kallen Loveless with three. Baalman’s 2.47 ERA is the team’s best.
BILLIKENS NINTH IN THE NATION IN DOUBLES
•Through games of April 9, Saint Louis ranks ninth in NCAA Division I in doubles per game (1.64). The Billikens are 32nd in triples per game (0.27).
•Alex Nickel ranks 11th in triples per game (0.15) and 48th in sacrifice flies (three).
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 walks (99) and tied for second in home runs (26); and ranks third in slugging percentage (.423).
•Alex Nickel leads the A-10 in triples (five); is tied for second in sacrifice flies (three); and stands fourth in walks (17).
•Allie Macfarlane is third in RBIs (31) and fourth in home runs (seven) and slugging percentage (.627).
•Mackenzie Peter is tied for fifth in home runs (six) and triples (two).
•Emma Buckles is tied for third in sacrifice bunts (five).
•In pitching and fielding categories, the Billikens rank second in fielding percentage (.963), assists (305) and double plays (nine); tied for second in runners caught stealing (nine); and third in ERA (2.96) and lowest opponents’ batting average (.251).
•Alyssa Tarquinio leads the A-10 in chances (269) and putouts (256) and ranks third in double plays (eight).
•Hailey Weavers is tied for second in runners caught stealing (seven).
•Alex Nickel is tied for third in assists (86).
•Maddie Baalman is tied for fourth in starts (16), fifth in innings (104 2/3) and tied for fifth in appearances (19).
•Kaylea Chappelle is tied for fifth in appearances (19).
BILLIKENS ON SLU’S CAREER TOP-10 LISTS
•Alex Nickel holds Saint Louis career records for runs (151), total bases (310), walks (119), sacrifice flies (nine) and assists (502). Nickel leads in batting average (.341) and on-base percentage (.454).
•Nickel has a chance to set several other SLU career records. She is second with 26 home runs (record is 29) and 190 hits (225), and fifth with 102 RBIs (123).
•Additionally, Nickel is tied for fourth with 32 doubles, eighth with 834 chances and 558 at-bats, and tied for ninth with five triples and 38 stolen bases.
•Mackenzie Peter holds the SLU career doubles record (45) and leads in slugging percentage (.597). Peter is in contention for two other school marks, ranking third with 24 home runs (29) and 280 total bases (310).
•Other SLU top-10 rankings for Peter are fourth in runs (105) and walks (80), sixth in RBIs (92), tied for ninth in triples (five) and hit-by-pitch (13), and tied for 10th in hits (153).
•Allie Macfarlane is tied for third with 115 RBIs, challenging the school record of 123. Macfarlane is fifth with 22 home runs, ninth with 217 total bases and ninth with 62 walks.
•Alyssa Tarquinio ranks second with 1,037 putouts and third with 1,111 chances.
•Maddie Baalman is ninth with 22 wins and tied for 10th with three shutouts and 59 appearances.
•Emma Buckles is tied for ninth with 21 sacrifice bunts.•Hailey Weavers is 10th with 662 putouts and tied for 10th with 776 chances.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
•George Washington – Click here for the Colonials' complete statistics … George Washington has won four straight and six of its last seven games, including two of three vs. A-10 opponent La Salle last weekend … GW leads the A-10 in batting average (.309) and ranks second in the league in 10 other offensive categories … the Colonials are seventh nationally in doubles per game (1.66) … freshman third baseman Jenna Cone (team-high .393 batting average) ranks second in the nation in home runs per game (0.46/16 total) and RBIs per game (1.43/50 total) and is eighth in slugging percentage (.880) … Cone and senior shortstop Megan Linn (.392, 21 stolen bases) form one of the A-10’s top offensive duos.
•SIUE – Click here for the Cougars' complete statistics … SIUE hosts Southeast Missouri State in a Friday twinbill before coming to St. Louis … the Cougars defeated A-10 teams Massachusetts, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s earlier this season … SIUE has lost two consecutive games just once this season (nationally ranked Auburn) … defense and pitching have contributed greatly to SIUE’s success as the Cougars rank eighth nationally in fielding percentage (.977) and 21st in ERA (1.80) … senior Haley Chambers-Book (19-5, 1.26) ranks sixth in the nation in wins, seventh in shutouts (eight), 19th in strikeouts per seven innings (9.1) and 25th in ERA … freshman Emily Ingles is 14th nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (9.7) … the offense is balanced, with eight players recording at least 15 RBIs.
•Saint Louis hosts La Salle in a three-game A-10 series Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game begin at noon.