Capaha Park, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Wednesday, 4/4 – 4:00pm CDT
SLU: RHP Charlie Sheehan (1-0), SEMO: RHP Logan Winder (0-0)
Saint Louis has been one of the best teams in college baseball over the last month. The team is 17-1 in its last 18 games and has seen its RPI improve to No. 97 in the nation after sitting at 190 just two weeks ago.
Jake Garella has been the offensive standout for the Billikens in 2018. The sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill., is leading the team with a .327 batting average.
Nick Reeser, who started the season slow, has become one of the best, and most clutch, hitters in the Atlantic 10. Reeser was hitting just .050 through the first eight games of the season, but has improved that average to .313 and leads the team in on-base percentage with .414.
The Billikens found themselves on the wrong end of a decision last weekend for the first time since February 25, but bounced back in dominant fashion. After dropping the first game of the weekend series to VCU, Saint Louis roared back to decisive 7-1 and 9-0 wins in a doubleheader on Saturday. Jackson Wark and Drew Reveno picked-up the wins in those contests.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Though fighting through two losing streaks stretching five and four games respectively, the Redhawks are starting to find their way in 2018 under second year head coach Andy Sawyers. A perennial force in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Redhawks are in the second year of a rebuild after former head coach Steve Bieser left for the SEC and the University of Missouri.
The overall record is a bit deceiving for Southeast, as the team has jumped-out to an 8-4 record in the OVC this season. The team from Cape Girardeau has an impressive .297 batting average in 2018, which is led by junior second-baseman Trevor Ezell. The 5’8” switch hitter is hitting .404 on the year and figures to be a lock for OVC All-Conference honors if things continue in the same direction.
Pitching is where the Redhawks have seen their share of struggles this year as opponents are hitting .281 against the Southeast staff.
BILLIKENS ALL TIME
vs. Southeast Missouri State: 27-32 (Last Meeting: Saint Louis 6, SEMO 5)