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Redhawks Renew In-State Rivalry at No. 21 Missouri Tuesday

Southeast Missouri (30-17) at No. 21 Missouri (28-20)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015; 6 p.m. • Taylor Stadium • Columbia, Mo.
Head Coaches
Steve Bieser (93-70, Third Season)
Tim Jamieson (21st season)
Radio: SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM
Play-by-Play: Erik Sean, Jess Bolen
Audio Webcast: SEMOESPN.com
Live Video: SEC Network Plus
Live Stats: MUTigers.com
Twitter Updates: @SEMObaseball, @GoSoutheast
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri | Missouri
 
Southeast Missouri Probable Starting Pitcher
Tuesday – RHP Jacob Lawrence
 
Tennessee Tech Probable Starting Pitcher
Tuesday – RHP John Miles
 
Redhawk Rundown
 
Redhawks, Tigers Renew In-State Rivalry Tuesday
Southeast Missouri will begin the final seven games of the regular season Tuesday when they travel to Columbia, Missouri for a midweek matchup with the University of Missouri Tigers. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. from Taylor Stadium. Jacob Lawrence will make his fourth start on the mound for Southeast; he will face right-hander John Miles. Tuesday's game can be heard on SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM. The game can be viewed on the SEC Network Plus.
 
Let's Review
Southeast Missouri baseball closed its home schedule this past week, going 2-2. The Redhawks won a 10-inning thriller against Missouri S&T on Tuesday, 11-10. The Redhawks played host to Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech in the final home series of the season. Southeast took game one of the series 9-1. Joey Lucchesi pitched eight innings, allowing 1 run on four hits. For the second straight outing, Lucchesi fanned 13 batters. The Redhawks held a 5-2 lead going to the fifth inning in game two but Tennessee Tech shut the Redhawk offense down and went on to score nine unanswered runs to take game two, 11-5. It was a similar story in game three as Southeast led 6-2 going to the sixth but found themselves down 11-6 in the ninth. Southeast wasn't going down without a fight on Senior Day as they rallied for four runs in the ninth but ultimately fell short, 11-10. Southeast dropped their first OVC series of the season with the losses to the Golden Eagles.
 
On the Road Again
Southeast Missouri will play their final seven games of the regular season on the road. Southeast has spent a considerable amount of time on the road this season due to moving three home series to neutral locations early in the season. So far, the Redhawks have bussed approximately 6,705 miles. Southeast is 13-6 in away games this season. Southeast closes the regular season with trips to Missouri, Indiana State, and Belmont. The OVC Tournament will take place in Jackson, Tennessee beginning May 21.
 
Rivalry with the Tigers
Southeast has played Missouri very close in their last two meetings. In 2013, the Redhawks defeated the Tigers 9-7. A number of current Redhawks (Jason Blum, Nolan Fisher, Ryan Barnes, and Clayton Evans) all had two or more hits in the game. Evans had three RBI. A season ago, Southeast dropped an 11-inning affair with Missouri, 6-5. The Redhawks were up 5-3 in the ninth but the Tigers tied it to force extra innings. A throwing error in the bottom of the 11th won the game for Missouri.
 
Against the SEC
This will be Southeast Missouri's third and final SEC game this season. The Redhawks split a two-game series with Arkansas, March 17-18. The Razorbacks walked off in the ninth inning of game one, 4-3, but Southeast came back to take game two, 12-11. OVC teams are 5-18 against SEC teams in 2015.
 
On Pace to Repeat
The Redhawks are on pace to repeat as the Ohio Valley Conference Regular Season Champions in 2015. Southeast sits at 20-7 in league play with one OVC series left. A year ago, the Redhawks were 21-6 at the same spot in the season. Southeast has won seven OVC series this year with sweeps of UT Martin, Jacksonville State, and Murray State. The only series loss came to Tennessee Tech. Morehead State and SIUE are tied for second at 15-9, each three and a half games back, and each with six OVC games left. Southeast's magic number to clinch the title is two. While Southeast plays out of conference this weekend, Morehead plays at Jacksonville State and SIUE plays at Austin Peay.
 
Run, Redhawks, Run
Southeast Missouri ranks fourth in the nation in runs scored (378) and fifth in scoring (8.0 runs a game). Southeast has outscored its opponents 378-252 on the season and has scored 10 or more runs in 18 games this season. Southeast also has a +2.7 scoring margin on their opponents, which ranks 18th in the country.
 
Digging the Long Ball
The Redhawks have won the last 10 games in which they have hit a home run. Southeast has hit two or more home runs in 14 games this season. The Redhawks rank third in the OVC in the category with 53; behind Belmont and Morehead State's 57. Nationally, Southeast ranks seventh in home runs and ninth in home runs per game with 1.13. 17 of Southeast's 53 have been leadoff home runs. Branden Boggetto leads the team with nine this season.
 
Looking Ahead
The Redhawks will take their conference bye week at Indiana State this weekend. The Redhawks and Sycamores will play a three-games series in Terre Haute, Indiana. Southeast will conclude the regular season with a three-game series at OVC foe Belmont University beginning Thursday, May 14.
 
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