ST. LOUIS - For the first time in school history, the Saint Louis baseball team (19-5 overall, 3-0 A-10) is ranked in the national polls. In a poll released today by Collegiate Baseball, the Billikens are ranked 30th in the nation.
The Bills are in the midst of a school record 13-game winning streak, which is second only to Campbell's 18-game streak for longest active streak in the NCAA. The previous SLU mark was set in 1966, when the Billikens rattled off 10 in a row.
Statistically, Saint Louis is featured prominently in the national figures. The Bills rank seventh in the NCAA in walks drawn with 128. They are also seventh in walks allowed per nine innings with 2.23. Other marks include 10th in win percentage (.792), 22nd in sacrifice flys (14) and 23rd in fielding percentage (.978).
Individually, senior Marco DiRoma is 12th in runs per game with 1.28, 28th in triples with three and 27th in walks drawn per game with .94. Junior Alex Alemann is scattered throughout the pitching stats. He is ranked seventh in victories (5), 11th in complete games (2), 12th in ERA (1.09), 17th in games started (6) and 23rd in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.23).
The Billikens will return to action tomorrow, when they take on the Panthers of Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill., at 3 p.m. Eastern Illinois owns the all-time series mark with a 20-23 mark, including a Panther win in their last meeting on May 11 last year.