Thursday, March 10, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs UTSA

SLU Lions (9-4, 0-0) vs Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (6-9, 0-0)
Roadrunner Field - San Antonio, TX
Game 1: 6pm Friday March 11
Game 2: 2pm Saturday March 12
Game 3: 1pm Sunday March 13

What to Watch For:
SLU opens conference play for the third straight season against UTSA.  Last season the Lions swept the Roadrunners at "The Pat' winning 10-9 on Friday, 2-0 on Saturday, and 15-8 on Sunday.  During the 2009 season UTSA took two of three from the Lions in San Antonio.  Winning game one on a walk off home run 11-10 and winning game two 13-12.  SLU salvaged the series on Sunday winning 9-8.

The Line on the Lions:  Overall Record 9-4, SLC 0-0, At Home 4-2, On the Road 3-2, Neutral Site 2-0, Last 5 Games 3-2, Last 10 Games 7-3, Current Streak W1

The Line on the Road Runners:  Overall Record 6-9, SLC 0-0, At Home 3-3, On the Road 3-6, Neutral 0-0, Last 5 Games 1-4, Last 10 Games 4-6, Current Streak L2

SLU enters the game hitting .297 as a team and averaging 7 runs a game.  The top hitters for the Lions are Jeff Harkensee (.400/5/21), Jonathan Pace (.380/1/9), and Justin Boudreaux (.375/3/15).

Top Pitchers for the Lions, who have a staff ERA of 2.87 and are holding opponents to a .238 BA, are Tyler Watkins (2-0, 1.64), Brandon Efferson (2-0, 3.78), and Joseph Koon (2-1, 5.17).  Closer Stefan Lopez enters the weekend with a 1.64 ERA and 3 Saves.  Lopez has 14 K's in 11.2 innings.

Top hitters for UTSA are Daniel Rockett (.345/1/11), Matthew James (.340/0/5), and Jake Wood (.339/1/12).  The Roadrunners average six runs a game and are hitting .299 as a team.

Top Pitchers for Roadrunners are Jordan Langley (1-1, 4.50), Casey Selsor (0-2, 4.70), and Taylor Walton (2-1, 5.29).  UTSA has a team ERA of 5.05 and opponents are hitting .275 against them.

Gorilla Ball in Hammond?  The Lions lead the SLC in home runs with 10 yard calls on the year.  Jeff Harkensee's five HR's leads the conference and Justin Boudreaux ranks 3rd with three.

Harkensee also leads the SLC in RBI's with 21 and Total Bases with 38.

SLU leads the SLC in Hit by Pitches with 32.  Central Arkansas is 2nd with 17.  Trey Martin's six HBP leads the conference.  Jonathan Pace, Cass Hargis, and Josh Cryer all rank 3rd with four each.

Pace is currently on a 10 game hitting streak.

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