Thursday, May 5, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs Nicholls State

SLU Lions (31-16, 14-10 SLC) vs Nicholls State Colonels (21-23, 10-14 SLC)
6pm Friday May 6 - "The Pat", Hammond, LA
3pm Saturday May 7 - Ray E. Didier Field, Thibodaux, LA
1pm Sunday May 8 - "The Pat", Hammond, LA

The Line on the Lions
Offense:  .286
Pitching:  3.50/ .254 OBA
Defense:  .958
Ranking:  N/A
Boyd's World RPI:  47
Last 10 Games:  7-3
Last 5 Games:  4-1
Streak:  W2

The Line on the Colonels
Offense:  .260
Pitching:  3.94/ .297 OBA
Defense:  .959
Ranking:  N/A
Boyd's World RPI:  175
Last 10 Games:  5-5
Last 5 Games:  2-3
Streak:  L2

What to Watch For
The leading hitters for SLU are Brock Hebert (.345/2/28), Jonathan Pace (.339/1/34), and Justin Boudreaux (.337/7/38).  Top pitchers for the Colonels are Seth Webster (2.16, 4-2), who has been named the SLC Pitcher of the Week the last two weeks, Mike Wisecarver (3.17, 4-3), and Dalton Torres (4.70, 2-3).

The Colonels top hitters are Chase Jaramillo (.360/3/28), Jeremy Hill (.299/0/22), and Michael LaGrange (.281/0/15).  Top pitchers for the Lions are Tyler Watkins (2.69, 7-2), Josh Janway (3.15, 4-2), and Brandon Efferson (3.45, 8-2).  Jason Greenleaf (2.06, 3-2, 2 Saves) leads the way out of the bullpen.  Closer Stefan Lopez (9 Saves) has 40 Ks in 30.1 innings pitched.

Last time they Played - SLU has won the series the last two seasons.  Last year the Lions won the Saturday game 9-4 in Hammond and the Sunday game14-5 in Thibodaux.  Nicholls State won Friday night in Thibodaux 5-3.  In 2009 the Lions swept the series as they won 9-4 and 2-1 in Hammond and won 6-5 in Thibodaux.

Simply the Best - With one more victory on the mound senior RHP Brandon Efferson will tie Kenny Lehrmann as the school's all time wins leader with 25.  Efferson's 45 career starts rank 2nd in school history behind Jeff Williams' 48.  The Zachary, LA native currently ranks 3rd in career innings pitched with 282.2.  Williams is 2nd with 285.2 and Richard Simon is the school leader with 294.  Efferson currently ranks 7th in career strike outs with 209.

Leader Board - Efferson leads the Southland Conference in wins with eight, as teammate Tyler Watkins ranks 2nd with seven.  Stefan Lopez's nine saves leads the SLC.

Walk This Way - The SLU pitching staff has only issued 133 walks which is best in the SLC.  In contrast the Nicholls State hitters have only drawn 133 walks, which is last in the SLC.

Practice What you Preach - When it comes to getting hit by a pitch the Lions hitters are up to the challenge, as they lead the SLC with 95 HBPs.  On the flip side, when it comes to hitting batters the SLU pitching staff leads the way with a conference low 31 hit batters.

Top to Bottom - The Lions lead the conference in On Base% (.390) and Runs Scored (309).  The Colonels rank last in On Base% (.339) and 11th in Runs Scored (225).

Did You Know? - Nicholls State first year head coach Seth Thibodeaux was an assistant on Jay Artigues' staff at SLU from 2006-2007.  From 2008-2010 Thibodeaux was an assistant coach for the Colonels before taking over the program this season.

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