Thursday, March 15, 2012

On Deck - Lions vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

SLU Lions (13-5, 1-2 SLC) vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (9-8, 2-1 SLC)
Chapman Field - Corpus Christi, TX
Game 1:  6pm Friday March 16
Game 2:  2pm Saturday March 17
Game 3:  1pm Sunday March 18

The Line on the Lions
Offense:  .277/.393 OB%
Pitching:  2.73/.222 OBA
Defense:  .971
Ranking:  N/R
Boyd's World RPI:  32
Last 10 Games:  6-4
Last 5 Games:  3-2
Streak:  W3

The Line on the Islanders:
Offense:  .226/.319 OB%
Pitching:  3.51/.252 OBA
Ranking:  N/R
Boyd's World RPI:  162
Last 10 Games:  4-6
Last 5 Games:  3-2
Streak:  W1

What to Watch For
The Lions top hitters are Brock Hebert (.439/0/8), Jonathan Pace (.375/1/13), and Ladd Rhodes (.362/0/6).  Top hitters for the Islanders are Eric Weiss (.316/0/7), Bobby Buckner (.300/0/5), and Kyle Danford (.263/0/10).

Probable pitchers for the Lions are Joseph Koon (2-0, 4.35), Jordan Hymel (2-1, 2.66), and Josh Janway (2-0, 1.23).  The top arms out of the bullpen are Jason Greenleaf (0.75, .171 OBA), Dylan Hills (4-1, 0.00), and closer Stefan Lopez (6 saves,0.00).  Corpus Christi's probable pitchers are LHP Adam Hoelscher (4-1, 3.12), RHP Time Keller (0-2, 3.27), and RHP Daniel Minor (3-1, 1.29).  Phillip Garcia (0.00, 4 saves) is the top pitcher out of the bullpen.

Last Time They Played -  Last season in Hammond the Lions won the series winning Friday 11-2 and Saturday 11-1.  The Islanders won the finale 7-1.  During the 2010 season, when the Lions traveled to Corpus Christi as the nation's #17 ranked team, the Islanders pulled off the upset by winning the series.

Law of Averages - Coming into the series the Lions pitching staff ranks 2nd in the SLC by holding opponents to a .222 batting average.  Corpus Christi comes into the series hitting a conference low .226.

Pitching Duel:  On display at Chapman field will be two of the SLC's top pitching staffs.  SLU ranks 3rd in ERA (2.73), 2nd in opponents batting average (.222) and 1st in strike outs (141).  The Islanders rank 4th in ERA (3.51), 4th in opponents batting average (.252), and 2nd in strike outs (137). Corpus Christi's Daniel Minor was named the Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week last week after striking out 14 UTSA hitters in his complete game shutout.  Lions closer Stefan Lopez's 6 saves ranks 7th in the nation.

Something Must Give - The Islanders pitching staff ranks 2nd in the SLC with 137 strike outs.  SLU's hitters are the hardest to strike out with a SLC low 87 strike outs.

Base Heist Starring Brock Hebert - Hebert, the nation's leading base stealer, is 17-18 in stolen bases this season.  Corpus Christi has allowed 31 stolen bases, second most in the SLC.

Leader Board - Hebert ranks in the top three in the SLC in hitting (.439), slugging (.606), on-base (.525), runs (22), hits (29), doubles (11), total bases (40), and stolen bases (17).

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