Saint Louis (30-19, 10-9 A-10) vs. George Mason (24-29, 12-9 A-10)
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Fairfax, Va. (Spuhler Field)
ABOUT THE BILLIKENS
Trent Leimkuehler leads the Billikens with a .335 batting average and 20 doubles (22nd in NCAA). Jake Garella leads the squad with a .415 on-base percentage. Backstop James Morisano has a team-leading .554 slugging percentage with 10 home runs. On the mound, the Billikens rely on staff ace Miller Hogan. He posts a 7-2 record with a 2.13 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 80.1 innings pitched. Ryan Lefner anchors the Billiken bullpen with 10 saves.
This month, Jake Garella is 4-for-4 with four RBIs when hitting with a runner on third and less than two outs.
Last week, SLU defeated SIUE 24-9 at the Billiken Sports Center in the midweek. The Billikens tied a SLU single-game record with 24 hits. They also matched a season-high 24 runs in the game. Cole Dubet came off the bench to hit three doubles, tying the SLU single-game record. He was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for his efforts.
The Billikens won two games of a three game series against Richmond last weekend. The wins moved SLU to 10-9 in Atlantic 10 games, sixth place in the conference.
With one week left in the Atlantic 10 regular season, the Billikens are in sixth place with a 10-9 record. VCU leads the conference at 16-5, followed by Rhode Island (17-6), St. Bonaventure (14-6), George Washington (13-8), George Mason (12-9), Saint Louis, Davidson (11-10), Saint Joseph's (10-11), Fordham (9-11), UMass (7-14), Richmond (6-14), Dayton (6-15) and La Salle (4-17). The top seven teams (by win percentage) advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship.
CATCHERS WHO STEAL
The Billikens have played two catchers this season: James Morisano and Ryan Hernandez. Morisano is four for five in stolen base attempts this year while Hernandez is a perfect three for three.
Trent Leimkuehler is second on SLU's single season list with 20 doubles. The SLU record for doubles in a season is 21 set by Andrew Guerra in 2008. Despite only playing two seasons at SLU, the senior is 13th all-time with 38 career doubles.
BIG INNING BILLS
The Billikens have recorded five or more runs in an inning 16 times this season. Against SIUE on May 9, SLU tallied 10 runs in the seventh inning, a season high.
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 22 pickoffs this year. Conversely, the Billikens have only been picked off twice this year (Last SLU pickoff was March 26). Individually, Brett Shimanovsky leads the league with six pickoffs while Miller Hogan is second with five.
Trent Leimkuehler and Parker Sniatynski are the only Billikens who have started in every game this season. Leimkuehler has started every game he has played as a Billiken (117 starts), while Sniatynski has come off the bench once in 147 career games.
Freshman catcher Ryan Hernandez has 11 hits so far this season. Of those 11 hits, four have been home runs and one was a double. Despite appearing in only 21 games, Hernandez is tied for fourth on the team in home runs.
Trent Leimkuehler leads the Billikens with a .347 average and a .520 slugging percentage in Atlantic 10 games this year. Cole Dubet leads the team with a .433 on-base percentage. On the mound, Josh Garner has a 0.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21.0 IP
The Billikens have displayed great depth this season. As a team, Billiken non-starters have hit .413 with a .538 slugging percentage and a .520 on-base percentage. On the bump, bullpen arms have recorded 196 strikeouts in 205.2 IP.
KING OF THE DIAMOND
In his career, Alex King has made 157 starts at shortstop. Since joining the Billikens in 2015, there have only been four games in which King has not started at shortstop (one this season, 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 seven 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 128 multi-hit performances. Trent Leimkuehler leads the way with 20 multi-hit games. He has recorded eight three-hit performances this season. Against UMass earlier this season, Parker Sniatynski had SLU's first five-hit performance since 2013, a school record.
Jake Garella and Parker Sniatynski are tied for the longest hit streaks this season at 11 games. Aaron Case opened the season with a 20-game on-base streak, the longest streak for the Billikens this year. Nick Reeser has SLU's longest active on-base streak at 15 games. Trent Leimkuehler is in the midst of a 10-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 42 starts for the Billikens, hitting .293 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage. He is a nominee 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. 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 GEORGE MASON
Mason leads the A-10 and is 16th nationally with 72 hit by pitch. The Patriots also lead the Atlantic 10 with 221 walks drawn this year. They are led by Tyler Nelin who leads Mason with a .301 batting average and a .518 slugging percentage. On the mound, Tyler Zombro leads the team with a 2.65 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 88.1 IP.
• Brett Shimanovsky has 84 career appearances, third all-time at SLU. The SLU record is 90 set by Jon Levin.
• Ryan Lefner has recorded 10 saves this season. He is only the second Billiken in school history with double-digit save totals. SLU's record for single-season saves is 12 (Travis Parker, 2012). His 10 saves are good enough for third on SLU's career list.
• Parker Sniatynski is SLU's active career leader in several categories: 104 career runs scored, 173 hits, 19 steals and 85 RBIs.
• Alex King has 449 career assists. Only eight Billikens have reached 400 assists in their careers.
• Miller Hogan's ERA is currently 2.13, ninth on SLU's single season list. Only one Billiken pitcher has thrown 50 IP in a season with a sub-2.00 ERA since 1971 (Matt Eckleman with a 1.63 ERA in 2014)
• Hogan's seven wins this season are tied for third-most for a sophomore and 13th for any class in SLU history.