Saint Louis (21-13, 5-5 A-10) vs. Dayton (11-25, 1-8 A-10)
Friday, April 21 | 4 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch
Saturday, April 22 | 2 p.m. | Live Stats
Sunday, April 23 | Noon | Live Stats
St. Louis, Mo. (Billikens Sports Center)
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
Trent Leimkuehler leads the Billikens with a .326 batting average and has hit 16 doubles this season (14th in NCAA). James Morisano leads the team with seven home runs and a .544 slugging percentage. Jake Garella has made 17 starts this year and leads LSU with a .420 on-base percentage. On the mound, the Billikens have a potent 1-2 punch of Miller Hogan and Jackson Wark. Hogan leads the A-10 and is 17th in the NCAA with six wins. He leads the A-10 with a 1.24 ERA. Wark has 40 strikeouts in 40.2 IP and a .224 batting average against.
Aaron Case is 6-for-13 with a double, a triple and 4 RBIs when facing a 1-1 count this season.
Saint Louis won the weekend series at UMass last week, two games to one. Earlier this week, the Bills dropped midweek contests at home against Missouri State and on the road at Southeast Missouri State.
FREE SEAT CUSHION
Saint Louis Athletics will distribute free SLU seat cushions to select fans in attendance of Friday's game.
BARK IN THE PARK
On Saturday, April 22, the Billiken will host Bark in the Park at the Billiken Sports Center. Fans are encouraged to bring their furry friends to the ballpark to watch SLU host Dayton. Additionally, Gateway Pet Rescue will be on-site for adoption opportunities.
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 18 pickoffs this year, matching the total of the second and third place teams combined (George Mason has 10 while Davidson has eight). Conversely, the Billikens have only been picked off twice this year. Individually, James Morisano, Brett Shimanovsky and Miller Hogan are tied for the league lead with four pick offs.
Freshman catcher Ryan Hernandez has nine hits so far this season. Of those nine hits, three have been home runs and one was a double. Despite appearing in only 16 games, Hernandez is tied for second on the team in home runs.
Parker Sniatynski is hitting .405 with a .500 on-base percentage against A-10 opponents this season. Devin Mahoney also has success in A-10 play with 11 RBIs and a .571 slugging percentage. Freshman Josh Garner is posting a 0.54 ERA in A-10 games with 17 strikeouts and a .153 batting average against in 16.2 IP.
The Billikens have displayed great depth this season. As a team, Billiken non-starters have hit .379 this season with a .485 slugging percentage and a .488 on-base percentage. On the bump, bullpen arms have recorded 133 strikeouts in 149 IP.
KING OF THE DIAMOND
In his career, Alex King has made 143 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 86 multi-hit performances. Trent Leimkuehler leads the way with 14 multi-hit games. He has recorded five three-hit performances this season. Last Thursday against UMass, Parker Sniatynski had SLU's first five-hit performance since 2013.
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. Parker Sniatynski is in the midst of a nine-game hitting 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 31 starts behind the plate for the Billikens, hitting .307 with a .394 on-base percentage and a .544 slugging percentage. He is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award.
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.
The Flyers are led at the dish by Brandon Smith, who leads the team in average (.275), home runs (7), slugging percentage (.560) and on-base percentage (.431). Kevin Piersol leads the team in ERA at 3.68 while Austin Cline has a team-leading 33 strikeouts.
• 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.