SIX GAMES IN SEVEN DAYS FOR SAINT LOUIS
•The Saint Louis softball team (18-22, 7-10 Atlantic 10) has three opponents on the docket over a seven-day period.
•Up first is a nonconference contest at Southeast Missouri State (19-25) in Cape Girardeau Wednesday, April 26. Game time is 4 p.m.
•The Billikens return to conference play over the weekend with a home series vs. George Mason (19-26, 11-6 A-10). Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game begin at noon.
•SLU plays its final home games of the season Tuesday, May 2, against Indiana State (20-25). First pitch for the twinbill is slated for 4 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•Live statistics will be provided for every game.
•There will be a live audio stream of the April 29 and May 2 doubleheaders.
•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.
SENIOR DAY SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY
The Billikens will celebrate Senior Day following their game vs. George Mason Sunday, April 30. Seniors Emma Buckles, Taylor Meeks, Alex Nickel, Mackenzie Peter and Hailey Weavers will be honored.
ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE STANDINGS
•With two league series remaining, Saint Louis is tied with George Washington for sixth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. SLU owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with GW, having won two of three vs. the Colonials.
•The top six teams at season's end qualify for the A-10 Championship, which is scheduled for May 10-13 in Fairfax, Virginia (hosted by George Mason).
•Massachusetts (10-3) leads the conference, followed by Fordham (12-5). Dayton and George Mason are tied for third (11-6), and Saint Joseph's (9-5) is fifth. Following Saint Louis and George Washington are La Salle (6-9), Rhode Island (5-12) and St. Bonaventure (1-13).
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
•Click here for Saint Louis' complete statistics.
•Allie Macfarlane leads the Billikens in batting average (.357), hits (45), home runs (eight), slugging percentage (.635) and RBIs (42).
•Alex Nickel carries a .336 batting average and has team highs of five triples, 35 runs, 10 stolen bases, four sacrifice flies and 24 walks. Nickel has four homers and 20 RBIs.
•Mackenzie Peter owns a team-high .434 on-base percentage. Peter is batting .319 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.
•Josie Knesel carries a .280 batting average with seven doubles.
•Alyssa Tarquinio has a .269 batting mark, two home runs and 17 RBIs.
•Emma Buckles leads the Billikens with 10 doubles and five sacrifice bunts and carries a .264 batting mark.
•Hailey Weavers has four home runs and 16 RBIs.
•Mackenzie Lawson has contributed three home runs and 14 RBIs.
•Maddie Baalman leads the pitching staff with 10 wins (including three shutouts), followed by Kaylea Chappelle with five and Kallen Loveless with three. Baalman's 2.86 ERA is the team's best.
BILLIKENS 20TH IN THE NATION IN DOUBLES
•Through games of April 23, Saint Louis ranks 20th in NCAA Division I in doubles per game (1.55). The Billikens are 38th in triples per game (0.25).
•Alex Nickel ranks 23rd in triples per game (0.13) and 27th in sacrifice flies (four).
•Allie Macfarlane is 31st in RBIs per game (1.05).
SLU IN THE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE STATISTICS
•In the Atlantic 10 Conference offensive statistics, Saint Louis is tied for the league lead in triples (10), ranks second in walks (139), and is third in home runs (31) and slugging percentage (.426).
•Alex Nickel is tied for the conference lead in triples (five). Nickel is tied for second in sacrifice flies (four) and is fifth in walks (24).
•Allie Macfarlane is third in RBIs (42), fourth in home runs (eight) and fifth in slugging percentage (.635).
•Mackenzie Peter is tied for fifth in home runs (seven) and triples (two).
•In defensive categories, the Billikens top the A-10 in fielding percentage (.968), are tied for second in double plays (11), rank third in assists (355) and are tied for third in runners caught stealing (10).
•Alyssa Tarquinio is tied for first in double plays (nine) and ranks second in chances (313) and putouts (298).
•Hailey Weavers is tied for third in runners caught stealing (eight).
•Alex Nickel is fourth in assists (98).
•Maddie Baalman is tied for fourth in starts (22) and fifth in innings (139 2/3).
MACFARLANE SETS CAREER RBIS RECORD
•Allie Macfarlane became Saint Louis' career RBIs leader with her walk-off grand slam vs. La Salle April 22. Macfarlane has 126 RBIs. She also is tied for fourth with 23 home runs (record is 29), tied for seventh with four sacrifice flies, eighth with 233 total bases, ninth with 64 walks and 10th with 278 assists.
•Alex Nickel holds Saint Louis career records for runs (157), total bases (320), walks (126), sacrifice flies (10) and assists (514). Nickel leads in batting average (.341) and on-base percentage (.457).
•Nickel has a chance to set two other SLU career records. She is second with 27 home runs (29) and 197 hits (225).
•Additionally, Nickel is tied for fourth with 32 doubles, fifth with 106 RBIs, sixth with 577 at-bats, eighth with 857 chances, ninth with 40 stolen bases and tied for ninth with five triples.
•Mackenzie Peter holds the SLU career doubles record (46) and leads in slugging percentage (.594). Peter is in contention for the home runs mark, ranking third with 25 round-trippers (29).
•Other SLU top-10 rankings for Peter are second in total bases (291), third in walks (84), fourth in runs (110), sixth in RBIs (96), tied for seventh in hits (160), tied for eighth in hit-by-pitch (14) and tied for ninth in triples (five).
•Alyssa Tarquinio ranks second with 1,079 putouts and 1,155 chances.
•Maddie Baalman is ninth with 25 wins, tied for ninth with four shutouts, and 10th with 163 strikeouts and 65 appearances.
•Emma Buckles is tied for ninth with 21 sacrifice bunts and tied for 10th with 27 doubles.
•Hailey Weavers is tied for fifth with five sacrifice flies, eighth with 692 putouts, ninth with 810 chances and 10th with 57 walks.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
•Southeast Missouri State – Click here for the Redhawks' complete statistics … on March 5, Saint Louis defeated SEMO 10-1 and 6-4 at the We Back Pat Tournament in Kansas City … Rachel Anderson is the Redhawks' top offensive threat with a .410 batting average, five home runs, 30 RBIs, 10 doubles and seven triples … Anderson ranks sixth in the nation in triples per game, and SEMO is fifth in the team rankings (18 total) … Mykaela Arellanes has a .333 batting average and 15 stolen bases … Madeline Krumrey is 11-8 with a 2.67 ERA to lead the pitching staff.
•George Mason – Click here for the Patriots' complete statistics … George Mason takes on Georgetown Wednesday afternoon before meeting the Billikens … the Patriots are coming off a three-game sweep of St. Bonaventure … Marina Vitalich is 12-9 with a league-best 1.62 ERA in the circle … Vitalich, a second-team All-Conference selection a year ago, has 150 strikeouts (second in the A-10) and just 31 walks in 151 innings … Erin Calpin (.289) and Brooke Sullivan (.286) top Mason's batting-average chart, while Jess Curbeira has team highs of four home runs and 21 RBIs.
•Indiana State – Click here for the Sycamores' complete statistics … Indiana State plays single games vs. Loyola Chicago and Eastern Illinois and a three-game series vs. Southern Illinois before coming to St. Louis … the Sycamores own a solid .283 batting average and strike out an average of just three times per game … Indiana State utilizes running and bunting heavily, recording 68 stolen bases and 57 sacrifices in its first 45 games … the Sycamores have turned 23 double plays and rank 17th nationally in that category … Leslie Sims (.404, 19 steals) and Kassie Brown (.318) ignite the offense, while Brooke Mann leads with six homers and 31 RBIs … Kenzie Ihle has 14 of the Sycamores' 20 victories in the circle.
UP NEXT•Saint Louis concludes the regular season with a three-game A-10 series at St. Bonaventure Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7.