BILLIKENS WRAP UP REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENT PLAY AT MEMPHIS
•The Saint Louis Billikens (11-6) play in their final regular-season tournament of 2017, the University of Memphis’ Tiger Classic, this weekend.
•The Billikens face Eastern Kentucky at 11 a.m. and Memphis at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17. The schedule flips on Saturday, with Memphis up first at 11 a.m. followed by Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m.
FOLLOWING THE BILLIKENS
•A live video stream (fee required) is offered for both Saint Louis-Memphis games.
•Live statistics will be provided for each game of the Tiger Classic.•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 5.7 runs and carries a .291 batting average and a .500 slugging percentage. SLU clubbed 16 home runs, 33 doubles and eight triples in its first 17 games.
•The pitching staff owns a 2.67 ERA and is allowing opponents a .231 batting average. Billiken hurlers are yielding just 6.1 hits and 2.4 walks per seven innings and have allowed only seven home runs in 17 games.
•Allie Macfarlane leads the Billikens in batting average (.434), slugging percentage (.755), on-base percentage (.492), RBIs (18), hits (23) and doubles (five). Macfarlane is tied for the team lead in home runs (four).
•Alyssa Tarquinio has a .415 batting mark, two home runs and 10 RBIs.
•Mackenzie Peter shares the Saint Louis home runs lead with Macfarlane and is batting .368 with 14 RBIs.
•Alex Nickel has team highs of four triples and 16 runs in addition to 12 RBIs.
•Hailey Weavers has swatted three home runs.
•Kaylea Chappelle and Maddie Baalman lead the pitching staff with four wins apiece, followed by Kallen Loveless with three. Chappelle’s 2.19 ERA is the team’s best, while Baalman checks in at 2.47.
BILLIKENS LEAD THE NATION IN DOUBLES
•Through games of March 14, Saint Louis leads NCAA Division I in doubles per game (1.94). The Billikens also rank among the nation’s top 50 teams in triples per game (sixth, 0.47), slugging percentage (23rd, .500), home runs per game (36th, 0.94) and runs per game (47th, 5.71).
•Alex Nickel ranks sixth in triples per game (0.24) and 11th in sacrifice flies (three).
•Among NCAA Division I active career leaders, Nickel is 10th in walks (109) and tied for 28th in runs (137), while Mackenzie Peter is tied for 15th in doubles (43).
MOVING UP THE CAREER CHARTS
•Alex Nickel became Saint Louis’ career assists leader earlier this season, and she now has 461 assists. Nickel also owns the Billikens’ career records for walks (109) and sacrifice flies (nine).
•Nickel has a chance to set several other SLU career marks. She is tied for second with 23 home runs (record is 29), third with 138 runs (150) and 275 total bases (290), fourth with 170 hits (225) and fifth with 98 RBIs (123).
•Nickel is ninth with 28 doubles.
•Mackenzie Peter holds the SLU career doubles record (43) and is in contention for two other school marks. Peter is fourth with 22 home runs (29) and fifth with 262 total bases (290).
•Other SLU top-10 rankings for Peter are fifth in runs (100), sixth in walks (69), eighth in RBIs (85) and tied for ninth in triples (five).
•Allie Macfarlane ranks fourth with 102 RBIs, challenging the school record of 123. Macfarlane is fifth with 19 home runs and 10th with 54 walks.
•Alyssa Tarquinio ranks fourth with 921 putouts and fifth with 990 chances.•Maddie Baalman is 10th with 19 wins.
HEAD COACH CHRISTY CONNOYER
•The Billikens are led by seventh-year head coach Christy Connoyer, who owns a 182-151 record at Saint Louis and a 213-181 career mark (eight seasons). Click here for Connoyer’s full biography.
TIGER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT OPPONENTS
•Eastern Kentucky – Click here for Eastern Kentucky's complete statistics … the Colonels bring a 9-14 record into the Tiger Classic … EKU features two players ranked among the nation’s top 50 in first baseman Rachel Minogue (.507 batting average/12th; .570 on-base percentage/22nd) and pitcher Mollie Paulick (4.35 hits per seven innings/40th; 1.05 ERA/41st) … finished 37-17 overall and 17-8 (tied for second) in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2016.
•Memphis – Click here for Memphis' complete statistics … the Tigers are 11-11 and have lost four straight … Memphis likes to run, stealing 46 bases in 54 attempts and ranking 21st nationally with 2.09 steals per game … went 26-31 overall and 7-11 (fifth) in the American Athletic Conference a year ago.
UP NEXT•Saint Louis has four games scheduled next week. The Billikens play their home opener Wednesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. against nationally ranked Arkansas. SLU opens Atlantic 10 Conference play with a three-game series at Saint Joseph’s Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26.