Monday, April 8, 2013

Week in Review - 2013 Week Eight

The SLU Lions finished the week 1-3 dropping their overall record to 22-11.  The Lions lost at Alabama 9-1 on Tuesday night and their game with South Alabama on Wednesday night was postponed due to rain in the Mobile area.  Lamar came into the The Pat and took the Southland Conference series winning 6-2 on Friday and run ruling the Lions on Sunday 18-1 in seven innings.  SLU won Saturday's game 7-5.  In the SLC standings the Lions (7-2) are tied for first place with Sam Houston. Sitting one game back in second are Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Stephen F. Austin.   The Lions will look to bounce back this week hosting Jackson State on Tuesday night and traveling to Tulsa, OK to face Oral Roberts in a SLC series this weekend.

Record:  22-11
SLC:  7-2
Home:  13-4
Away:  5-7
Neutral:  4-0

Last Week: 1-3
4/2/13 at Alabama - L 9-1
4/3/13 at South Alabama - Postponed
4/5/13 Lamar - L 6-2
4/6/13 Lamar - W 7-5
4/7/13 Lamar - L 18-1

By dropping their series with Lamar the Lions lost their first weekend series of the season.  It also was the first time this season the Lions did not sweep at home.

The 18-1 defeat at the hands of Lamar on Sunday was the Lions worst defeat in the last five seasons.  The 18 runs Lamar scored was the most runs the Lions have surrendered since losing 19-9 at Northwestern State during the 2009 season.

The Lions find themselves in a unfamiliar spot in the SLC statistical rankings...after eight weeks of play SLU is ranked 5th in hit by pitches with 35. They trail Northwestern State by 12 for 4th.  Central Arkansas leads the conference with 74. Over the last five seasons, not only have they the lead the conference, but the Lions have ranked in the top 10 in the country in hit by pitches averaging 104 per season. Currently SLU is on pace to finish the 2013 season with only 59 hit by pitches, which would be the lowest total in the Jay Artigues era.

This Week:
4/9/13 - Jackson State - 6pm
4/12/13 - at Oral Roberts - 6:30pm
4/13/13 - at Oral Roberts - 2pm
1/14/13 - at Oral Roberts - 1pm