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Games 28-29: SIUE (DH)
Date: Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
Times: 1:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m.
Games 30-31: Eastern Illinois (DH)
Date: Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018
Times: 1:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m.
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Ball Park: Tiger Field
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Tigers (3-24, 0-0)
The Tigers dropped all five games during the co-hosted TSU/Belmont Invitational. Reese Weber stepped out as a bright spot for the Tigers. The sophomore finished the weekend going 5-for-13, scoring three runs, driving in four and hammering two home runs. The bombs were the first of her career. Weber also earned three walks and was hit once to compile a .529 on base percentage for the week. The second-year hit her first career home run in the opener on Friday against Rhode Island. Weber did not have to wait too long for her next dinger as she hit another solo shot on Saturday afternoon in a loss to Ball State. Weber became the first Tiger this season to record a three hit game. The Steelville, Mo. native went 3-for-4 and produced two separate RBI singles. Weber ended the week with a. 846 slugging percentage. Senior Kasey Cox also recorded her first career dinger as she ripped a screaming line drive over the centerfield fence. Pitcher Lauren Powell suffered a hard fought loss as she fanned nine batters while allowing three earned runs.
Top Statistical Tigers (at least 1.5 Plate Appearances Per Game):
Avg.: Sarah Snell - .301
Runs: Sarah Snell - 11
Hits: Sarah Snell - 22
Doubles: Erica O'Kane - 6
Triples: Kasey Cox, Maddison Clark, Kierra Ware - 1
Home Runs: Erica O'Kane, Reese Weber - 2
RBI: Katie Schneider, Reese Weber, Kasey Cox - 7
Stolen Bases: Sarah Snell, Tassy Lyles - 10
Walks: Sarah Snell - 16
On Base Percentage - Sarah Snell - .435
Slugging Percentage - Reese Weber - .408
ERA: Lauren Powell - 4.89
Wins: Lauren Powell - 2
Innings Pitched: Lauren Powell - 78.2
Strikeouts: Lauren Powell - 49
SIUE (9-9, 0-0)
SIUE is batting .282 as a team, highlighted by a pair of .440 hitters. Bailley Concatto is hitting at a .447 clip with a double and a home run, as well as a team leading 14 runs scored. Zoe Schafer follows at .438 and tops the Cougars in doubles (4), triples (1), home runs (6), runs batted in (19) and walks (12). Alyssa Heren provides the threat on the bases with eight of the teams 27 stolen bases, while batting .344 with 12 runs, two doubles, a triple, two round trippers and eight RBI. Emily Ingles has stepped out as the ace of the pitching staff compiling a 5-5 record appearing in 13 games, starting in 10. Ingles has struck out 60 batters in 70.1 innings and has put up a 2.19 ERA while holding opponents to a .217 batting average.
Eastern Illinois (20-8, 0-0)
The Panthers rely on the veteran tandem of Jessica Wireman and Michelle Rogers in the circle. The duo has combined for 161.2 of the 188.2 innings pitched by the Panthers. Wireman is 8-4 with five saves has a 2.00 ERA and holding opponents to a .215 average. Wireman has been dominant with 100 strikeouts in 87.1 innings of work. Rogers is 10-3 with a 2.54 ERA, a .233 batting average against and has fanned 48 batters in 74.1 innings. EIU sports five batters over .300, including Haley Mitchell who is hitting .450 (36-of-80) and leads the offense with nine doubles, eight home runs and 34 RBI. Kayla Bear is right behind Mitchell at .344 (33-of-96) with 23 runs, four doubles, a triple and two home runs, while tallying a team high 15 stolen bases.