Boggetto 2015

Baseball

Redhawks Wrap Up Road Swing at EIU

Southeast Missouri (19-13, 11-4 OVC) at Eastern Illinois (2-24, 1-11 OVC)
Friday-Sunday, April 10-12, 2015
Friday: 3 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m.
Head Coaches
Steve Bieser (82-66, Third Season)
Jimmy Schmitz (21st season)
Radio: SEMO ESPN 1220 AM, 92.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Erik Sean
Audio Webcast: SEMOESPN.com
Live Stats: EIUPanthers.com
Twitter Updates: @SEMObaseball, @GoSoutheast
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri
 
Southeast Missouri Probable Starting Rotation
Friday – LHP Joey Lucchesi
Saturday – RHP Travis Hayes
Sunday – LHP Alex Winkelman
 
Eastern Illinois Probable Starting Rotation
Friday – RHP Matt Wivinis
Saturday – RHP Jake Johansmeier
Sunday – LHP Garrison Stenger
 
Redhawk Rundown
 
A Chance to Gain Ground
The Redhawks baseball team will travel to Eastern Illinois University this weekend for a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series with the Panthers. The Panthers enter the series having just won their first two games of the season and sit at 1-11 in OVC play. With second-place Belmont at fourth-place Austin Peay, the first-place Redhawks could potentially open a nice lead on the rest of the pack this weekend before they welcome Jacksonville State to town next weekend. After opening 0-23, EIU has won two of their last three, including a win over conference powerhouse Tennessee Tech, 14-2, last Saturday. The series can be heard on SEMO ESPN radio. Friday and Sunday will be broadcast on ESPN 1220 AM while Saturday's matchup can be heard on ESPN 92.9 FM.
 
Let's Review
Southeast lost a one-run decision on the road Tuesday at in-state rival, No. 20 Missouri State. Garret Stockton pitched six scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the seventh. The Redhawk offense went cold when Missouri State brought in their typical weekend starter to close the game and secure the 2-1 win for the Bears. The Redhawks went 2-2 at home last week, dropping a midweek game to Arkansas State and the series opener to Austin Peay. The Redhawks bounced back to win the series with the Govs with a 3-2 win Saturday and a thrilling, 13-inning affair Sunday that Southeast won 12-11. Southeast almost saw its first player hit for the cycle in 12 years in Sunday's finale. Trevor Ezell and Hunter Leeper each fell a leg short of hitting for the cycle. Ezell needed a double and Leeper needed a home run. Ezell would finish the game going 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Alex Winkelman pitched seven innings in the finale, allowing only two runs on five hits but would get a no decision after Austin Peay put up nine more runs over two innings to tie the game and force extra innings. With the win, Southeast is now 2-0 in extra-inning games this season. 
 
OVC Pitcher of the Week
Travis Hayes was named OVC Pitcher of the Week Monday. Hayes picked up his fifth win of the season Saturday in Southeast Missouri's 3-2 win over Austin Peay. Hayes pitched eight scoreless innings in his eighth start. He allowed two runs in the ninth before being taken out of the game after eight and a third innings of work. He struck out a career-high 12 batters en route to the victory. He was perfect the first time through the batting order before giving up the first Governor hit in the fourth inning. Hayes held the Governors scoreless and to only three hits through eight innings. He didn't allow any extra base hits as all four allowed were singles.
 
Assisting From Afar
The Redhawks rank among the best in the nation in outfield assists. Southeast has 13 assists from the outfield this season. Trevor Ezell, who splits time between the outfield and the infield, has a team-high five while Dalton Hewitt has four.
 
NCAA Home Run Report
The NCAA released a report stating that home runs in collegiate baseball have increased 39% from a year ago. For Southeast Missouri, home runs have increased 45% percent, above the national average. The Redhawks hit 31 homers at the end of March this season. At the end of March last season, Southeast had hit only 17. Nationally, the Redhawks rank 10th in the nation in home runs with 32 total on the season. The rise in home runs has been attributed to the new lower-seamed baseballs.
 
It Was a Solid Month
Southeast closed the month of March with a 13-5 record. They were 4-1 at home and 7-3 on the road and 2-1 at neutral locations. The Redhawks put up a .318 batting average and the pitching staff held opponents to a .263 batting average. Southeast out scored its opponents 178-97 and knocked 21 home runs out of the park. Southeast stole almost twice as many bases as its opponents (23-12) and forced opposing fielders into 32 errors while Southeast only committed 10.
 
Patience (at the Plate) is a Virtue
The Redhawks are the third most patient team at the plate in the nation as they rank third in base on balls with 195. That is first in the OVC, nearly 40 more than Jacksonville State and Belmont. Trevor Ezell ranks eighth nationally in the category with 30 while Dalton Hewitt is 16th with 27. The Redhawks have three players in the top 10 in the OVC including Jason Blum (24).
 
Looking Ahead
The Redhawks will return home for four games next week. Regional rival Southern Illinois comes to Cape on April 14 followed by Jacksonville State April 17-19. Tuesday's game against Southern Illinois will be streamed live on the OVC Digital Network. April 17 will be the first free tailgate of the season at Capaha Park.
 
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