Saint Louis (21-11) vs. Missouri State (22-13)
Monday, April 17 | 6 p.m. | Live Stats
St. Louis, Mo. (Billikens Sports Center)
Saint Louis at SEMO (19-15)
Tuesday, April 18 | 6 p.m. | Live Stats
Cape Girardeau, Mo. (Capaha Field)
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
Trent Leimkuehler leads the Billikens with a .333 batting average and has hit 15 doubles this season. James Morisano leads the team with seven home runs, a .556 slugging percentage and a .408 on-base percentage. On the mound, the Billikens will throw freshman righty Garrett Acton against Missouri State. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 20 IP this season. SLU's starter against SEMO is TBD.
Aaron Case is 6-for-13 with a double, a triple and 4 RBIs when facing a 1-1 count this season.
Saint Louis went 2-2 last week, dropping a midweek contest to McKendree before taking the weekend series at UMass two games to one.
THOU SHALL NOT STEAL
Saint Louis is one of the top teams in the Atlantic 10 in holding runners on the basepaths. SLU leads the A-10 with 17 pickoffs this year, matching the total of the second and third place teams combined (George Mason has nine while Davidson has eight). Conversely, the Billikens have only been picked off twice this year. Individually, James Morisano and Miller Hogan are tied for the league lead with four pick offs.
OBP, YEAH YOU KNOW ME
Saint Louis leads the Atlantic 10 with a .379 team on-base percentage. Four Billikens boast OBPs of .400 or better.
The Billikens have displayed great depth this season. As a team, Billiken non-starters have hit .410 this season with a .525 slugging percentage and a .520 on-base percentage. On the bump, bullpen arms have recorded 121 strikeouts in 134.2 IP. The Billiken bullpen has allowed one home run this season and has held the opposition to a .238 average.
KING OF THE DIAMOND
In his career, Alex King has made 141 starts at shortstop. Since joining the Billikens in 2015, there have only been three games in which King has not started at shortstop (one in 2016, two in 2015). He is having one of the best offensive seasons of his career in 2017. King entered the season with one career home run (hit in the seventh game of his career) and has hit three this season. Additionally, he has four steals this year, matching his career total entering the season.
HITS IN BUNCHES
This season, the Billikens have had 84 multi-hit performances. Trent Leimkuehler leads the way with 14 multi-hit games. He has recorded five three-hit performances this season.
Trent Leimkuehler had a 10-game hitting streak earlier this year, SLU’s longest streak of the season. Aaron Case had a 20-game on-base streak earlier this season, the longest streak for the Billikens this year. Cole Dubet has SLU’s longest active on-base streak at 13 games while Parker Sniatynski is in the midst of a seven-game streak.
MORISANO EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Junior backstop James Morisano was named one of the top catchers in NCAA Division I by D1Baseball.com. The junior came in at no. 22 on the list. Morisano has made 29 starts behind the plate for the Billikens, hitting .315 with a .408 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage.
The Billikens have three first-year junior college transfers in the starting lineup: Aaron Case, Carter Hanford and Nick Reeser. All three have hit in the top half of SLU’s order all season and are among the NCAA statistical leaders. Additionally, SLU has seen contributions from the bench in freshmen Justin Lockwood, Jake Garella, Nick Mehlin, Ryan Hernandez and Peter Zimmermann. On the mound, six of the 10 relievers used by the Billikens this season were not on the roster a year ago.
HIGHLY TOUTED FRESHMEN
The Saint Louis freshman class of Garrett Acton, Jake Garella, Josh Garner, Ryan Hernandez, Keith Kutzler, Justin Lockwood, Nick Mehlin, Charlie Sheehan, Justin Stollberg and Peter Zimmermann is rated the No. 61 class in the country by Perfect Game. It is the highest ranking for a SLU class ever, and the second consecutive season in which a Billiken class has been ranked in the top 100.
2017 ATLANTIC 10 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Saint Louis is the host for the 2017 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship. The Billikens are hosting the A-10 tournament for the second time, with the previous occurrence coming in 2014. The championship is set to begin on May 24 and run through May 27. For more information on the Atlantic 10 Championship, visit atlantic10.com. To purchase tickets for the A-10 Championship, call the Billiken Ticket Office at 314-977-1260.
The Billikens boast a handful of baseball talent from across the globe. Sophomore pitcher Jackson Wark is a native of Canada and sophomore first baseman Braxton Stowe hails from Bermuda. Additionally, assistant coaches Will Bradley and Tyler Anderson are both standouts from Australia.
HENDRICKSON IN THE HALL
Saint Louis head baseball coach Darin Hendrickson has been inducted to the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. Hendrickson has been the Billiken skipper since 2008. In that time he has amassed a 292-221 record, the second-most wins in school history. From 2009-15, Hendrickson had a school-record seven consecutive winning seasons. He was the 2012 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and a Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year honorable mention in 2013. Hendrickson is the only coach in SLU history to record back-to-back 30+ win seasons, a feat he achieved twice, including back-to-back 40-win seasons in 2012-13.
SCOUTING MISSOURI STATE
The Bears are led by one of the top hitters in the country in St. Louis native Jake Burger (CBC High). Burger is a Golden Spikes nominee and is hitting .360 with a .461 on-base percentage, a .743 slugging percentage and 14 home runs. On the mound, MSU turns to RHP Kolton Gonnerman who has three appearances this season with a 5.79 ERA, three strikeouts and four walks in 4.2 IP.
The Redhawks are led by Dan Holst, who leads the team with a .406 batting average, .513 on-base percentage and a .586 slugging percentage. Starting for SEMO on the hill is RHP Ryan Losman who has an 0-1 record with a 7.82 ERA, 15 strikeouts and eight walks in 12.2 IP.
• Brett Shimanovsky has 78 career appearances, fourth all-time at SLU. The SLU record is 90 set by Jon Levin.
• Shimanovsky has eight career saves, fifth all-time at SLU.
• Alex King has 412 career assists. Only eight Billikens have reached 400 assists in their careers.
• James Morisano has 89 career hits, 11 from 100.
• Parker Sniatynski is SLU’s active career leader in several categories: 90 career runs scored, 154 hits, 17 steals and 77 RBIs.
• Ryan Lefner has recorded six saves this season. SLU’s record for single-season saves is 12 (Travis Parker, 2012)
• Josh Garner is on pace to become the first Billiken freshman to throw 50 IP and record an ERA below 3.00. He currently has 30.2 IP with a 2.05 ERA.