5/22/2007 12:00:00 AM
No. 3 Redhawks Open OVC Tournament against No. 6 Murray State
May 22, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Tuesday, May 22, 2007) Southeast, seeded third in the 2007 O'Reilly OVC Baseball Tournament, will begin tournament play Wednesday against No. 6 Murray State. First pitch between the Redhawks and Thoroughbreds is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Ky. The tournament is a double-elimination format. If Southeast wins its game against Murray State it will play No. 2 Jacksonville State at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. If the Redhawks lose the first round game, they will play at 11 a.m. Thursday against the loser of the No. 4 Samford versus No. 5 Eastern Kentucky contest.
BAKER'S DOZEN: Southeast is appearing in its 13th consecutive OVC Baseball Tournament, tying a conference record set by Eastern Kentucky when it went to the tournament every season from 1981-1993. Mark Hogan has been the head coach in each of the 13 tourney appearances, and he has not missed an OVC Baseball Tournament in his 13-year tenure as head coach at Southeast.
SOUTHEAST IN THE TOURNEY: Southeast, which has been an OVC member institution since the 1991-92 athletic/academic year, has been to 14 OVC Baseball Tournaments in 16 years in the league, including the last 13 seasons. Southeast is 22-23 all-time in the OVC Baseball Tournament. SEMO has twice been tournament champions, in 1998 and 2002, and has been the runner-up four times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2004). There have been only three times that Southeast has not won at least one game in the tournament (1999, 2001, 2005).
LAST TIME OUT: The Redhawks' lost just their second three-game conference series of the season when they concluded the regular season schedule at Tennessee Tech. Southeast split the Friday doubleheader with the Golden Eagles, dropping game one 6-5 in 11 innings but salvaging the nightcap with a 9-2 victory. Tennessee Tech won the final game of the series, defeating the Redhawks 9-6 despite three home runs for Southeast. Senior OF/P/DH Asif Shah led the team batting .417 (5-12) over the weekend. Meanwhile, senior 2B Omar Padilla and freshman C Jim Klocke also had five hits in the series; both were 5-for-14 (.357). Padilla hada double, home run and three RBIs while Klocke hit two doubles and drove in four.
GOLDEN GLOVES: Southeast currently boasts a .965 fielding percentage as a team, which ranks second in the OVC. However, is the Redhawks can maintain the .965 mark, it would rank as the highest team fielding percentage is Southeast baseball history. The current record, .964, has been accomplished on three occassions: last in 2005 and also in 2001 and 2000. Southeast's 69 total errors currently ranks as the second fewest total errors by a squad since the school joined Division I. SEMO committed just 67 errors in the 2001 season; the team committed 70 errors in 1993 and 71 in the 2003 and 2000 seasons.
TEAM RECORD WATCH: In addition to team fielding percentage, the Redhawks have an opportunity to set a new team record for shutout victories in a season. With eight already this year, they are currently tied with the record that was set in 1976 and accomplished again in 2001. Senior LHP Asif Shah is one shutout away from tying the single-season shutout record of four. The 2006 Redhawks have also made their way to a tie for sixth all-time with 31 wins (t4: 32,1998 & 1995), ninth with 346 runs scored (8: 352, 1995), 10th with 13 triples (t8: 14, 1967 & 1990) and sixth with 221 walks (5: 226, 1996). Meanwhile, the squad has already set the record with 75 times hit by a pitch (prev: 71, 2006).
This Season vs. No. 6 Murray State: The Redhawks took two of three from the Murray State Troughbreds at Murray, Ky. on March 31-April 1. Head coach Mark Hogan tied the all-time wins record at Southeast in a 6-5 win on March 31. Rain caused game two of the doubleheader to be postponed until April 1, when the two clubs played a pair of seven-inning contests. Hogan claimed career victory #374 and the record in a 17-3 win in game run, but the Redhawks fell 6-5 in game two after giving up a game-winning single to Cape Girardeau native 2B Seth Hudson in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman C Jim Klocke led the squad, batting .750 (6-for-8) with three doubles and four RBIs in the series. Sophomore OF Matt Wulfers drove in six RBIs on the weekend, and freshman 3B Nick Harris hit two home runs. On the mound, junior RHP Dustin Renfrow threw 7.0 shutout innings in game one of the series, but he received a no decision after the bullpen blew a five-run Southeast lead in the bottom of the ninth inning.
TICKETS: Tickets will be available only at the stadium gate. Prices for tournament tickets are: $25 for a tournament pass, $8 for a day pass, $12 for a tournament pass for college students and youths age 12-18 and $3 for day passes for college students and youths age 12-18. Those under the age of 12 receive free admission.
RADIO: All of Southeast OVC Tournament games can be heard live on ESPN 1220 AM KGIR or via webcast available at www.espn1220.com. Erik Sean will call the play-by-play while Jess Bolen provides color commentary.
OVCSports.TV: The entire tournament will be streamed live and also available on-demand at OVCSports.TV. Fans can purchase the tournament package for $15.95 and will receive access to every game; single-game purchases are not available. Visit www.OVCSports.TV to sign-up.
LIVE STATS: Live stats will be available for all games courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference. Click here to visit the live stats page for the 2007 O'Reilly OVC Baseball Tournament, or visit www.ovcsports.com.