Thursday, April 14, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs Texas State

SLU Lions (23-11, 9-6 SLC) vs Texas State Bobcats (21-11, 11-4 SLC)
Bobcat Ballpark - San Marcos, TX
Game 1:  6:30pm Friday April 15
Game 2:  2pm Saturday April 16
Game 3:  1pm Sunday April 17

The Line on the Lions
Offense:  .294
Pitching:  3.33/.249 OBA
Defense:  .954
Ranking:  N/A
Boyd's World RPI:  48
Last 10 Games:  8-2
Last 5 Games:  4-1
Streak:  W1

The Line on the Bobcats
Offense:  .293
Pitching:  4.06/.280 OBA
Defense:  .965
Ranking:  N/A
Boyd's World RPI:  36
Last 10 Games:  5-5
Last 5 Games:  2-3
Streak:  W1

What to Watch For
SLU's top hitters are Justin Boudreaux (.377/6/31), Brock Hebert (.369/1/21), and Jonathan Pace (.356/1/24).  The top pitchers for Texas State are Carson Smith (1.76, 5-1), Lee Colon (4.50, 1-2), and Colton Turner (4.95, 5-1).  Joseph Dvorsky (4.12) has six saves and 23 Ks in 19.2 innings pitched.

The top pitchers for SLU are Tyler Watkins (1.80, 6-0), Josh Janway (1.99, 3-0), and Brandon Efferson (4.27, 5-2).  Closer Stefan Lopez (0.81) has recorded seven saves and has 30 Ks in 22.1 innings pitched.  The top hitters for the Bobcats are Tyler Sibley (.394/3/17), Jeff McVaney (.353/6/27), Kyle Kubitza (.302/4/32).

Last Time They Played - SLU won the series last season in Hammond taking game one 10-1 and winning the rubber match on Sunday 9-6.  Texas State won game two in 11 innings 12-10.  When they meet in San Marcos during the 2009 season the Bobcats swept the series winning game one 9-3, game two 9-3, and game three 4-3.  This will mark the 3rd straight season the Lions and Bobcats meet with 1st place in the SLC standings on the line.

Power Surge - On display at Bobcat Ballpark will be four of the top five home run hitters in the SLC.  The Bobcats Casey Kalenvosky leads the conference with 12, while teammate Jeff McVaney's six home runs are tied with Justin Boudreaux for 5th best.  Jeff Harkensee is 3rd in the conference with seven.

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - SLU ranks 3rd in the SLC in team batting average with a .294 mark.  Texas State ranks 4th with a .293 clip.  Texas State's .437 slugging percentage is 2nd best in the SLC.  SLU's .418 is 3rd.  The Lions (.400) and Bobcats (.396) rank 1st and 2nd in on-base percentage.  Texas State is 2nd in runs scored with 234, while the Lions are 3rd with 222.  Texas State leads the SLC in home runs with 34, while the Lions rank 3rd with 20.

Pitching Duel - Although they will probably not go head to head this weekend Tyler Watkins ranks 3rd in the SLC with a 1.80 ERA.  Texas State's Carson Smith is 2nd with a 1.76 ERA.  Watkins ranks first in wins with six and Smith is the conference leader in strike outs with 57.

Streaking - After getting career hit number 211 during the week and moving into the top three in all time hits, Josh Cryer has hit safely in eight straight games.  Brock Hebert is currently on a seven game hitting streak.

Milestone - Last week in the Lions 5-3 Friday night victory against UTA Hebert lead off the 6th inning with his 100th career hit. 

Closing Time - Stefan Lopez currently ranks 5th in career saves in program history with eight.  Lopez needs two more saves to tie Ryan Collins (2007-09) and Scott Kupper (1989-91) for 3rd place.

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