ON THE DOCKET (Central times)
• Wednesday, May 2 – Indiana State (5 p.m.) • Billiken Sports Center • LIVE STATS
• Sunday, May 6 – George Washington (noon) • Billiken Sports Center • LIVE STATS
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS (click here for SLU’s statistics)
• Saint Louis (25-25, 10-8 Atlantic 10) takes on two opponents, both at home, in the final week of the regular season. The Billikens host Indiana State (23-25) in a nonconference single game Wednesday, May 2, at 5 p.m. A-10 rival George Washington (30-18, 10-10 A-10) comes to town May 5-6. Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game begin at noon.
• Billiken seniors Maddie Baalman, Allie Macfarlane and Alyssa Tarquinio will be honored following Sunday's game.
• Saint Louis is in fifth place in the A-10 standings. A win over sixth-place George Washington or a loss to St. Bonaventure by seventh-place Saint Joseph’s clinches a spot for the Billikens in the six-team A-10 Championship, scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday, May 9-12, at Fordham.
• The Billikens begin the week ranked among the top 100 teams in the nation in home runs per game (80th, 0.76) and doubles per game (99th, 1.26). In the A-10, SLU is second in fielding percentage (.961), third in home runs per game and third in extra-base hits (106).
• Sadie Wise was selected as a top-25 candidate for the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Freshman of the Year Award. The list of 25 players will be narrowed to 10 on May 10 and to three on May 23. The recipient of the Division I Freshman of the Year Award will be announced May 29.
• Wise is among the nation’s top 100 in home runs per game (22nd, 0.32), total bases (30th, 114), slugging percentage (34th, .760) and RBIs per game (61st, 0.94).
• Wise leads the A-10 in home runs (16) and is among the league’s top 10 in nine additional categories. She is second in slugging percentage (.760), total bases (114) and extra-base hits (27); third in RBIs (47); tied for third in hits (55); fourth in on-base percentage (.455) and runs (38); and sixth in batting average (.367) and walks (23).
• Wise leads the Billikens in all of the categories listed above. In addition, she tops the team in multiple-RBI games (13), two-out RBIs (14), batting average with runners in scoring position (.467), batting average with two outs (.395) and toughest to strike out (once every 10.4 plate appearances). Wise is tied for the team lead in multiple-hit games (15) and ranks second in doubles (11).
• Wise’s 16 home runs are SLU’s single-season record, and her .760 slugging percentage is well above the Billiken single-season mark of .715. She needs four RBIs and five total bases to snap the Saint Louis records of 50 and 118, respectively.
• In conference games only, Allie Macfarlane is second in the A-10 in batting average (.463). In all games, Macfarlane is second in assists (107); tied for fifth in doubles (team-high 13); seventh in total bases (78); eighth in RBIs (35) and extra-base hits (19); and tied for ninth in hits (49). She ranks second on the team in batting average (.320), RBIs, hits, slugging percentage (.510), total bases, on-base percentage (.386) and assists, and she is third in walks (15).
• Kat Lane is tied for third in the conference in sacrifice flies (three), fifth in stolen bases (14) and tied for seventh in runs (35). Lane leads Saint Louis in stolen bases, is second in runs, and ranks third in batting average (.308) and hits (48). She was 7-for-18 (.389) last week, including three 2-hit efforts that gave her a team-high-tying 15 multiple-hit games.
• Maria Connell leads the A-10 in assists (114) and is tied for third in sacrifice flies (three).
• Maddie Baalman is atop the conference in innings (151) and starts (26). Baalman ranks second in wins (14) and appearances (32), tied for third in complete games (12) and sixth in strikeouts per seven innings (5.52). She had a career-high 13 strikeouts in a win over La Salle April 28.
• Kallen Loveless ranks 18th in fewest walks per seven innings (1.13) and 31st in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.77-to-1) in the national statistics. In the A-10, Loveless is sixth in ERA (2.70), seventh in strikeouts per seven innings (5.40) and tied for ninth in complete games (eight). Over her last 14 outings, Loveless has a 1.65 ERA with 45 strikeouts and just nine walks in 63 2/3 innings.
• Lauren Lomax has hit safely in five of her last six games. Lomax is second on the team in walks (16) and stolen bases (eight) and stands third in doubles (eight) and runs (30).
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
Indiana State (click here for complete statistics)
• Indiana State lost all three games at Missouri State last weekend, leaving the Sycamores with a 10-13 Missouri Valley Conference record (seventh place).
• Leslie Sims (.410), a 2017 second-team All-Conference selection, and Bella Peterson (.363) are ISU’s top hitters. Sims is 22-of-22 in stolen bases – part of the Sycamores’ 56-of-62 performance – while Peterson has team highs of 25 RBIs and 10 doubles. Six other players have between 15 and 21 RBIs in a balanced Indiana State attack.
• The Indiana State pitching staff is balanced as well, with ERAs of its top four hurlers ranging between 2.68 and 3.41. Abbey Kruzel has the team’s top ERA and ranks 36th nationally in fewest walks per seven innings (1.27). Arielle Blankenship (8-4, 3.01) leads the team in wins and has four saves, Della Gher ranks third in the nation with eight saves, and Kylie Stober has seven victories. The Sycamore staff issues only 2.49 walks per seven innings.
George Washington (click here for complete statistics)
• Coming off a 2-of-3 series win over Saint Joseph’s, George Washington has a school-record 30 victories and is fighting for a spot in the A-10 Championship after missing last year’s tournament. The 2017 Colonials were 28-24 overall and 11-12 in the A-10 (seventh).
• GW features a potent offense that ranks sixth in the nation in batting average (.328) and doubles per game (1.71); eighth in runs per game (6.33); 14th in stolen bases per game (2.08); 17th in slugging percentage (.497); and 25th in on-base percentage (.396).
• GW players occupy six of the top 11 spots in the A-10 batting race. Leading the way is Jenna Cone, a 2017 first-team All-Conference pick whose .391 average is second in the league. Cone leads the A-10 with 58 RBIs and ranks eighth in the nation in RBIs per game (1.23). She has a team-high 11 home runs, is tied for the national lead in sacrifice flies (seven), and is 19th in the nation in toughest to strike out (once every 34.4 plate appearances).
• Also among the A-10 batting leaders are Sidney Bloomfield (third, .375), Marta Fuentes (fifth, .372), Elena Shelepak (seventh, .359), Morgan Rinehart (10th, .344) and Priscilla Martinez (11th, .341). Shelepak is second to Cone in homers (nine) and RBIs (39). Alessandra Ponce (.400) and Sierra Lange (.363) are just shy of the league’s ranking requirements.
• In the circle, Sarah Costlow (10-7) carries a team-best 2.77 ERA. Lange (12-6, 3.49) leads GW in wins, while Kaitlin Buff is 7-2 with a 3.71 ERA.