Caffrey Borgschulte 2016
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Southeast Closes Homestand Against Billikens Tuesday

Southeast Missouri (31-12) vs. Saint Louis (19-25)
Series Information

Dates: Tuesday, May 3
First Pitch: 6 p.m.
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Stadium: Capaha Field
Series: Southeast leads 20-18
Head Coaches: Steve Bieser (130-88, Fourth Season); Darin Hendrickson (286-215-1, Ninth Season)
 
Media Information
Radio: SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM / Erik Sean, Jess Bolen | Listen Live
Live Video: OVC Digital Network
Live Stats: GoSoutheast.com
Twitter Updates: @SEMObaseball
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri
 
Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday: RHP Jacob Lawrence (3-1) vs. LHP Josh Moore (1-2)
 
Leading Off
• Southeast Missouri (31-12) hosts Saint Louis (19-25) on Tuesday to wrap up a four-game homestand. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
• Wings Etc. and Kohlfeld Distributing will be hosting a free tailgate at Capaha Park for Tuesday's game.
• The Redhawks hold a 20-18 advantage over Saint Louis in the all-time series. Southeast defeated the Billikens already this season, 10-3.
• Southeast won its seventh OVC series over the weekend against Murray State.
Joey Lucchesi picked up his second national and OVC Pitcher of the week honors on Monday after striking out 17 batters against Murray on Thursday.
• Southeast ranks 38th in this week's NCAA Division I RPI rankings.
• Southeast Missouri baseball received votes in this week's NCBWA Top 30 poll.
Adam Pennington is currently riding a 13.1 scoreless innings streak.
• The Redhawks surpassed 30 wins for the 12th time in its Division I history in 2016.
 
Redhawks Rundown
Rematch with the Billikens
The Southeast Missouri baseball team (31-12) will welcome Saint Louis University (19-25) to Capaha Field on Tuesday for the second game of the home-and-home series. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday. RHP Jacob Lawrence will make his seventh start on the mound for Southeast.
 
Tuesday's game will feature a free tailgate sponsored by Wings Etc. and Kohlfeld Distributing.
 
Follow the Redhawks
Tuesday's games will be broadcast on SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM. Erik Sean will provide play-by-play on the broadcast. Sean will be joined by Jess Bolen who will provide analysis. Fans can download the SEMO ESPN app to listen to live broadcasts of Redhawks baseball all season long. The series is also scheduled to stream for free on the OVC Digital Network. Live stats will be available on GoSoutheast.com. Live Twitter updates are available on the official Twitter page of Southeast Missouri baseball, @SEMObaseball.
 
Let's Recap
Southeast Missouri won its seventh OVC series this weekend over Murray State. The Redhawks powered past the Racers in game one of the series, 10-3. Joey Lucchesi tied a 55-year old Southeast Missouri record striking out 17 hitters in the game. The Redhawks dropped only their second home contest in game two on Friday, 4-3. A three-run home run in the top of the first put the Racers in front and the Redhawks could never recover. Southeast secured the series win with a 7-4 win in the series finale on Saturday.
 
What's Ahead
The Redhawks will head back on the road for the final regular-season road games this weekend against Tennessee Tech. The series will open up Friday at 6 p.m. from Bush Stadium. Game two will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. and the finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m. The Redhawks will then return home for the final six regular-season games against Stephen F. Austin and Belmont.
 
Series History
Southeast Missouri holds a two-game lead in the all-time series with Saint Louis, 20-18. The Redhawks have won the last four meetings with the Billikens including sweeping last season's home-and-home series. 2015 was the first time the Redhawks have defeated the Billikens twice in a season since 2005. The Redhawks won in St. Louis 9-7 in 2015 and 6-2 in 2014.
 
Scouting the Billikens
Since the Redhawks went to Saint Louis on Apr. 19, the Billikens have lost a series to Saint Joseph's and bounced back to take two of three from Davidson. The Billikens are 5-18 away from the Billikens Sports Center this season. SLU is hitting .278 at this point in the season, two points higher than their opponents. Left-handed pitcher Josh Moore will make his sixth start on Tuesday. Moore was a Saturday starter for the Billikens before an injury sidelined him. He is sporting a 3.12 ERA and a 1-2 record in his five starts. He has pitched 26.0 innings and has allowed just nine earned runs. He has 22 strikeouts and 11 walks.
 
The Last Meeting with Saint Louis
The Redhawks and Billikens met in St. Louis on Apr. 19. Southeast came out victorious in the contest, 10-3. The game remained close much of the evening until a five-run ninth inning broke the game wide open for the Redhawks. Jacob Lawrence worked five innings in the start en route to his third victory of the season. He allowed three runs on five hits to SLU while striking out five, walking one. At one point, Lawrence retired eight consecutive batters. Adam Pennington pitched four innings of one-hit baseball in relief Tuesday evening. Pennington entered the contest with runners on and no out in the sixth and went on to close the game. Pennington struck out two, walked none, and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced.
 
Lucchesi Picks Up National, OVC Honors
Joey Lucchesi's record performance of 17 strikeouts against Murray State on Thursday earned him this week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and adidas® OVC Pitcher of the Week honors. Lucchesi picked up his eighth victory of the season on Thursday against the Racers. He pitched eight complete innings en route to the win. He faced the minimum through four innings before a leadoff base hit in the fifth ended the hitless streak. He allowed only one run which came in the seventh inning. He struck out the side in the eighth, his final inning of work. His 17 strikeouts ties a Southeast Missouri record set by John Holdner in 1961.
 
Pennington on Point
Sophomore left-handed pitcher Adam Pennington has been the Redhawks' most reliable reliever as of late. He has not given up a single run in 13 and a third innings in four appearances, three of which were conference appearances. Pennington has made 12 appearances with one start this season and is sporting a 3.03 ERA.
 
Surpassing 30
With Thursday's win over Murray State, the Redhawks surpassed the 30-win mark on the season. 2016 is the third season in a row the Redhawks have recorded 30 wins or more. It's the 12th time in Southeast's Division I history the team has touched 30 wins.
 
Looking for 37
Southeast Missouri is six wins away from tying the program record of 37 single-season wins. Southeast set the mark in 2000, tied it in 2002, then tied it again 12 years later in 2014. The Redhawks have 15 regular-season games left on their schedule.
 
The Latest RPI Ranking
In this week's NCAA RPI rankings, Southeast Missouri ranks 38th out of 300 Division I teams. Three OVC programs appear in the top 100. Behind Southeast is Austin Peay (66) and Jacksonville State (71). Morehead State ranks 114th and the rest of the over rank 207 and lower. D1Baseball.com also ranks the Redhawks 38th.
 
NCBWA Top 30 Poll
Southeast Missouri received votes in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 poll. The Redhawks received votes in the poll earlier in the season.
 
Patience at the Plate
Southeast Missouri ranks third nationally in walks with 255 this season. Mercer leads the country with 281 while Belmont has 267. Southeast is led in walks by Dan Holst, who ranks 11th in the nation in the category with 41. Trevor Ezell (38) and Garrett Gandolfo (36) rank 19th and 25th in the country, respectively.
 
Going Streaking
The Redhawks had four players with active double-digit hitting streaks heading into last weekend's series. Trevor Ezell's streak was the only to stay alive as he extended his streak to 13 games. In total, Southeast has six active on-base streaks of 10 games or more. Garrett Gandolo leads the team with a 23-game streak while Dan Holst and Chris Osborne have 15-game on-base streaks while Branden Boggetto is riding a 12-game streak and Ryan Rippee has a 11-game streak.
 
 
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