ON THE DOCKET (Central times)
• Saturday, April 14 – Massachusetts (DH, 11 a.m.) • Amherst, Mass. • LIVE STATS (both games)
• Tuesday, April 17 – SIUE (4 p.m.) • Edwardsville, Ill. • LIVE STATS
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS (click here for SLU’s statistics)
• Saint Louis (21-18, 7-3 Atlantic 10) takes on the A-10 frontrunner and a local rival in upcoming action. The Billikens travel to Amherst, Massachusetts, for a three-game series against UMass (20-11, 9-0) Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15. SLU takes a break from conference play when it faces SIUE (15-11) Tuesday, April 17, in Edwardsville, Illinois.
• Through games of April 10, Saint Louis ranks 47th in the nation in home runs per game (0.87), 62nd in doubles per game (1.41) and 73rd in slugging percentage (.436).
• The Billikens rank among the top three teams in the A-10 in home runs per game (second, 0.87), fielding percentage (second, .964), batting average (third, .275), slugging percentage (third, .437) and doubles per game (third, 1.41).
• SLU’s .275 batting average is 19 points higher than the team’s full-season .256 average of a year ago.
• The Billikens have enjoyed a recent power surge. Of their 34 home runs this season, 26 have been hit over the last 19 games.
• Saint Louis has been strong late in games. The Billikens are 15-1 when leading after five innings and 13-0 when leading after six.
• Sadie Wise continues to lead Saint Louis in almost every offensive category. Wise tops the team charts in batting average (.397), hits (46), multiple-hit games (13), home runs (14), RBIs (42), multiple-RBI games (11), two-out RBIs (14), doubles (11), runs (35), total bases (99), slugging percentage (.853), walks (20), on-base percentage (.489), batting average with runners in scoring position (.462), batting average with two outs (.457) and toughest to strike out (once every 13.9 plate appearances).
• Wise is ranked among the nation’s top 100 players in home runs per game (10th, 0.36), total bases (15th, 99), slugging percentage (16th, .853), RBIs per game (38th, 1.08), runs per game (78th, 0.90), on-base percentage (80th, .489) and hits (88th, 46).
• Wise has hit safely in 30 of 39 games, and her 11-game hitting streak March 4-18 is the Billikens’ longest of the season. She batted .514 (18-for-35) with six home runs, 17 RBIs and five doubles during the streak.
• Wise’s 14 home runs are SLU’s single-season record. She set the mark with a homer vs. St. Bonaventure April 6.
• Allie Macfarlane is 19-for-44 (.432) over the last 14 games and now ranks second on the team in batting average (.325). Macfarlane also ranks second on the team in RBIs (32), hits (40), doubles (10), slugging percentage (.537) and total bases (66). She is third in home runs (four) and on-base percentage (.378).
• After hitting safely in 18 of the last 25 games (27-for-74, .365), Kat Lane is third on SLU’s batting average chart (.305). Lane has a team-high 12 stolen bases (12-for-14), is tied for the team lead in sacrifice flies (three), ranks second in runs (29) and is third in hits (36).
• Kallen Loveless ranks 17th in strikeouts-to-walks ratio (6.43-to-1), 26th in fewest walks per seven innings (1.08) and 94th in strikeouts per seven innings (6.95) in the national statistics. Over her last eight outings, Loveless has a 0.98 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just three walks in 28 2/3 innings.
• Maddie Baalman’s team-high 13 victories rank 47th in the nation.
• Kaylyn Breitbach is batting .444 (8-for-18) with three doubles in her last eight games. Breitbach ranks second on the team in on-base percentage (.383).
• Alyssa Tarquinio has hit safely in six of her last seven games, including three 2-hit efforts and two home runs. Tarquinio batted .474 (9-for-19) during that span.
• In addition to Wise’s 11-game hitting streak, Allie Macfarlane, Alyssa Chavez and Kat Lane have posted nine-game hitting streaks this season, and Lauren Lomax has registered a seven-game streak.
• Billiken players have earned seven A-10 weekly awards this season. Sadie Wise was named Rookie of the Week by the conference office four times (Feb. 20, March 13, March 20, March 26) and Player of the Week by College Sports Madness (Feb. 14). Alyssa Chavez was selected Rookie of the Week by the league office Feb. 27, and Allie Macfarlane was the College Sports Madness Player of the Week March 6.
• Alyssa Chavez and Kat Lane were selected to the Louisiana Tech Invitational All-Tournament team.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
Massachusetts (click here for complete statistics)
• UMass returned six position starters and two pitchers from last year’s 29-24 team that finished second (13-6) in the A-10.
• Both UMass and Saint Louis have faced A-10 opponent Saint Joseph’s. The Minutewomen swept the Hawks, while the Billikens won two of three. Other common opponents are Kansas City (win both teams), Southern Miss (UMass win, SLU loss) and Bradley (loss both teams).
• The Minutewomen rank among the national leaders in on-base percentage (10th, .415), runs per game (16th, 6.23) and batting average (22nd, .313).
• Redshirt-senior SS Jena Cozza leads the nation in runs per game (1.35), ranks second in batting average (.505) and on-base percentage (.646), and is third in slugging percentage (1.000). A two-time All-Region selection, Cozza also is 10th in RBIs per game (1.26, 39 total) and 11th in home runs per game (0.35, 11 total).
• Junior OF Erin Stacevicz (.373) and junior IF/OF Kaycee Carbone (.350, six HRs, 34 RBIs) were second-team All-Conference performers last season.
• Senior right-hander Meg Colleran (7-4, 2.83) earned first-team All-Conference plaudits a year ago. Colleran and freshman right-hander Kiara Oliver (11-3, 2.46) have accounted for 18 of UMass’ 20 wins.
SIUE (click here for complete statistics)
• SIUE has won six of its last eight games, including five of six in Ohio Valley Conference action. The Cougars, who were 41-13 overall and 13-5 (tie for second) in the OVC a season ago, play conference doubleheaders vs. Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois before taking on the Billikens.
• Common opponents with Saint Louis are Ole Miss (SLU loss, SIUE two losses), South Dakota (SLU win, SIUE loss), Kansas (loss both teams), UT Martin (SLU win, SIUE two wins) and Bradley (SLU loss, SIUE win). The Cougars defeated La Salle of the A-10.
• SIUE ranks 31st in the nation in fielding percentage (.972) and 32nd in stolen bases per game (1.72).
• Redshirt-sophomore IF Zoe Schafer and sophomore right-hander Emily Ingles are the Cougars’ top hitter and pitcher, respectively, this season after earning OVC All-Newcomer honors in 2017. Schafer (.406, six HRs, 19 RBIs) is 20th in on-base percentage (.538), 33rd in slugging percentage (.797) and 34th in walks per game (0.68) in the NCAA rankings. Ingles is 10-5 with a 1.81 ERA and a .208 opponents’ batting average.
• Others to watch are freshman IF Bailley Concatto (.360), senior C/OF Tess Eby (.337, five HRs, team-high 20 RBIs) and junior OF Alyssa Heren (.315, second-team All-Conference in 2017).