Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On Deck - Lions in the South Alabama Classic

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs #29 Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
1:00 PM Friday February 25

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs Central Florida Knights (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
4:30 PM Saturday February 26

SLU Lions (3-1, 0-0) vs South Alabama Jaguars (4-0, 0-0)
South Alabama Classic - Stanky Field, Mobile, AL
2:30 PM Sunday February 27

The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team will pack their bags once again and head east for a showdown in Mobile, AL with three undefeated teams in the South Alabama Classic this weekend.  The South Alabama Classic will be one of the top tournaments in the country this weekend.  The Lions will open up with SEC heavyweight and 2010 super regional participant Alabama on Friday at 1:00.  On Saturday at 4:30 SLU gets up and coming CUSA power Central Florida.  The Lions will wrap things up on Sunday as they face home standing South Alabama at 2:30.

The tournament field sports a 15-1 record for the 2011 season.

Alabama is ranked #29 and SLU & Central Florida each received votes in the latest NCBWA poll.

SLU fell to Alabama last season 10-5 in Hammond. 

Last season SLU split with South Alabama, as each team won at home by one run.

In their 5 meetings from their days in TAAC (1995-1997), SLU is 0-5 against UCF.

Lions playing gorilla ball with the new bats?   SLU enters the tournament with 6 home runs.  Alabama, USA, & UCF combined have hit 7 home runs.

Offensive fireworks or show stoppers? Offensively each team enters the weekend averaging at least 7 runs (UCF 13, Alabama 9, SLU 8, and USA 7)  although only UCF has a team batting average over .300 (UCF .363, SLU .284, Alabama .281, and USA .271).  Not to be out done, the pitching staffs carry some nice ERA's led by UCF's 1.50, Alabama's 2.00, SLU's 2.57, and USA's 3.16.  One more pitching stat that is impressive by the tournament field is opponents batting average as UCF leads the way holding opponents to a .183 clip, followed by Alabama's .192, SLU's .194, and USA's .236.

Sweet Home Alabama!  Trey Martin (Wetumpka) and Joe Sparacino (Alabaster) both hail from the state of Alabama, as does student assistant Matt Fowler (Sheffield).

With his 5 RBI's on the 2011 season Justin Boudreaux has moved into 9th place on the schools all time RBI list with 105.  Boudreaux has also moved into 9th all time in runs scored with 116.

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