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Redhawks Host Western Illinois in Three-Game Set at Capaha

Southeast Missouri (2-2) vs. Western Illinois (0-4)
Dates: Friday, Feb. 24-Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
First Pitch: 4 p.m. / 2 p.m. / 1 p.m.
Location: Cape Girardeau, Mo.  
Stadium: Capaha Field
 
Media Information
Radio: SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM (Friday, Sunday); 1220 AM (Saturday) | Listen Live
Live Stats: Game One | Game Two | Game Three
Twitter Updates: @SEMObaseball
Game Notes: Southeast Missouri
 
The Matchups
Friday: RHP Clay Chandler (1-0) vs. RHP Matthew Sturchio (0-1)
Saturday: LHP Robert Beltran (0-1) vs. RHP Ian Koch (0-0)
Sunday: RHP Justin Murphy (0-0) vs. RHP Javin Drake (0-1)
 
Leading Off
Southeast Missouri baseball (2-2) will open the 2017 home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Western Illinois (0-4). The series will be the first played on Capaha Field since the $1.8 million renovations were completed. First pitch of Friday's home opener is set for 4 p.m. Saturday's game will be at 2 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. 
 
Follow the Redhawks
• SEMO ESPN 92.9 FM (Friday, Sunday) and 1220 AM (Saturday) will carry every broadcast of Southeast Missouri baseball this weekend. Fans can download the free SEMO ESPN app to listen to live broadcasts of Redhawks baseball all season long. 
• Live stats will be available on GoSoutheast.com. 
• @SEMObaseball, the official Twitter page of the Redhawks, will feature live in-game updates all season long. 
 
This Weekend's Promotions
• Friday Night Under the Lights: fans of all ages can play catch under the lights of Capaha Field following all Friday evening home games. 
• Sunday Rundays: Kids can run the bases after every Sunday home game. 
 
Series History
Southeast Missouri leads the all-time series with Western Illinois, 3-0. The Redhawks and Leathernecks last met in 1996. Southeast swept the three-game series in Cape Girardeau: 3-1, 8-5, 18-3. 
 
A Peek at What's Ahead
The Redhawks will welcome Big Ten opponent Purdue to Cape Girardeau for a three-game set Mar. 3-5. The teams have only met once before in 2009 and it was at Capaha. The teams split the two-game series. The first midweek game of the season will be at Arkansas State Mar. 7. The midweek will serve as a final tuneup before Ohio Valley Conference play begins at Morehead State Mar. 10-12. 
 
Scouting the Leathernecks
Western Illinois opened the 2017 season with a tough slate of four games in Starkville, Mississippi. The season began with two games against No. 14 Texas Tech. WIU dropped both contests and were outscored 28-6 by the Red Raiders. The weekend concluded with two games against tournament host Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were victorious in game one, 8-2, then again in game two, 10-9, but it took 11 innings. WIU trailed 9-5 and put up a four-spot in the top of the ninth to tie the game and force extra innings. MSU walked it off in the 11th inning. Drue Galassi recorded five hits and hit .417 opening weekend including a double, triple, and WIU's lone home run. He drove in four runs, three of which came in game two against Texas Tech. 
 
A New Era of SEMO Baseball
Andy Sawyers was appointed the sixth head coach of the Southeast Missouri baseball program on July 29, 2016. Sawyers brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience with him to Southeast Missouri, Sawyers' first Division I head coaching job. Sawyers most recently served two seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Kansas State. Sawyers has been to two College World Series, three NCAA Super Regionals, and 10 Regional Tournaments. He has mentored 39 Major League Baseball draft picks including two first-round picks and eight top-10 round picks.
 
Redhawks Picked as OVC Favorites
2017 is the third-straight year the Redhawks have been picked to win the league in the preseason voting. It's the first time in league history that a team has been tabbed first in the preseason poll three consecutive times. The Redhawks are coming off three-straight OVC regular season titles and most recently won its third all-time OVC Tournament to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Southeast set a program record for wins a season ago, finishing 39-21 with a 22-8 conference record.
 
SEMO Lands Three Preseason All-OVC Picks
Outfielder Chris Osborne and starting pitchers Robert Beltran and Clay Chandler were chosen as Preseason All-OVC Team members. Southeast returns 21 total players to the 34-man roster. The roster is comprised of a formidable group of 11 seniors including the three Preseason All-OVC members in Osborne, Beltran, and Chandler.
 
NCBWA Preseason All-American
Senior outfielder Chris Osborne was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Third Team All-America heading into the 2017 season. Osborne emerged as the national slugging percentage champion with a .741 slugging clip. He was named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference and was an OVC All-Tournament team selection. The outfielder from Edmonds, Washington blasted a team-leading 15 home runs and led the squad with a .367 batting average. He appeared in 40 games including making 36 starts in right field. He finished third on the team with 44 runs batted in.

A Facelift for the Home Field
Capaha Field, the home of the Redhawks, received a $1.8 million renovation in the offseason. The project included replacing the natural surface with synthetic turf to help improve field playability, new fencing, and a new digital scoreboard with video board in the outfield. Southeast Missouri baseball has called Capaha Field home since the program's inception in 1959. 
 
 
 
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