Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On Deck - Lions vs Northwestern State

SLU Lions (34-19, 17-13 SLC) vs Northwestern State Demons (21-31, 10-20 SLC)
Brown-Stroud Field - Natchitoches, LA
Game 1:  6:30pm Thursday May 19
Game 2:  6:30pm Friday May 20
Game 3:  2pm Saturday May 21

The Line on the Lions
Offense:  .292
Pitching:  3.69/ .264 OBA
Defense:  .958
Ranking:  N/R
Boyd's World RPI:  44
Last 10 Games:  6-4
Last 5 Games:  3-2
Streak:  L1

The Line on the Demons
Offense:  .268
Pitching:  4.89/ .290 OBA
Defense:  .960
Ranking:  N/R
Boyd's World RPI:  163
Last 10 Games:  6-4
Last 5 Games:  3-2
Streak:  W2

What to Watch For
SLU's top hitters are Jonathan Pace (.361/1/38), Brock Hebert (.340/2/31), and Justin Boudreaux (.338/8/47).  Top pitchers for the Demons are Colin Bear (3.63, 2-4), Luke Irvin (3.89, 6-6), and Joe Scanio (1.65, 6-0).  Mason Melotakis (3.98, 5 Saves) has recorded 45 Ks in 40.2 innings pitched.

The Lions top pitchers are Tyler Watkins (3.26, 9-3), Brandon Efferson (3.48, 8-3), and Josh Janway (3.48, 5-2).  Out of the bullpen Jason Greenleaf (2.25, 3-2, 2 Saves) is holding opponents to a .199 BA.  Closer Stefan Lopez (3.34, 9 Saves) has 43 Ks in 35.0 innings pitched.  Northwestern's top hitters are Colin Bear (.335/5/40), Nick Hinojos (.306/3/38), and Will Watson (.306/0/17).

Last Time They Played - Last season in Hammond the Demons swept the series winning 8-5 on Thursday, 8-4 on Friday, and 10-7 on Saturday.  The Lions got revenge in a SLC tournament elimination game winning 10-4.  During the 2009 season in Natchitoches, LA the Demons took the series by winning game one 12-4 and game three 19-9 in seven innings.  The Lions took game two 7-5.  During the 2009 SLC tourney the Lions eliminated the Demons winning 9-7.

Coaching Milestone - With the Lions 9-4 win over Stephen F. Austin last Saturday, Coach Jay Artigues recorded his 200th coaching victory in Hammond.  Artigues becomes only the 3rd coach in school history to collect 200 wins, joining Pat Kennelly (211) and Greg Marten (348).  Earlier this season Artigues picked up his 100th SLC coaching victory.

Bruise Brothers - The Lions currently have 104 Hit by Pitches.  The school's single season record is 117 set by the 2010 team.

Inside the Numbers - SLU leads the SLC in On Base Percentage (.394) and ranks 2nd in Runs Scored (347).  The Demons rank 11th in On Base Percentage (.345) and 12th in Runs Scored (246).  On the mound the Lions rank 3rd in both ERA (3.69) and Opponents Batting Average (.264).  Northwestern ranks 9th in both categories (4.89 & .290).  When it comes to striking out opponents the Demons pitching staff ranks 3rd in the SLC with 392.  On the flip side the Lions hitters are the 2nd hardest to strike out, as they only have 289 strike outs on the season.

Leader Board - Tyler Watkins continues to lead the conference in wins, as he has nine after picking up two victories in the three game series against SFA.  Brandon Efferson is 2nd with eight.  Stefan Lopez ranks 2nd in Saves with nine.  Jonathan Pace, who is hitting .361, ranks 5th in Batting Average and Jeff Harkensee is 2nd in the conference with 53 RBIs. 

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