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Cougars, Skyhawks Meet for Weekend Series

Cougars, Skyhawks Meet for Weekend Series

SIUE (9-21, 5-10 OVC) vs.
UT Martin (13-19, 4-8 OVC)
April 12-13
Simmons Baseball Complex / Roy E. Lee Field
Edwardsville, Illinois

Pitching matchups:
Game 1: SIUE LHP David Llorens (2-4) vs. UTM RHP Austen Bullington (1-5)
Game 2: SIUE RHP Collin Baumgartner (0-4) vs. UTM LHP Sam Folks (3-3)
Game 3: SIUE RHP Kenny Serwa (0-0) vs. UTM RHP Winston Cannon (4-5)

GAME TIMES ADJUSTED: Friday's opener will begin as scheduled at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN +. Games two and three of the series will be played Saturday with the first pitch of game one coming at noon.

HOME COOKING: The Cougars have been a better team at home this year. SIUE is 6-5 at home this season.

CONFERENCE CALL: SIUE is playing its eighth Ohio Valley Conference season in 2019. Through five series this year, the Cougars are 86-136 all-time in league play. SIUE's best finish was third in 2015 when it was 19-11.

TRIPLE THREAT: The Cougar infield trio of Brady Bunten, Jordan Ross and Justin Perkins turned a rare triple play March 27 at Evansville. It was SIUE's first of the Division I era. It is one of two turned this year in the OVC and one of only eight in Division I baseball.

SERIES STUFF: SIUE leads the series (since 1992) with UT Martin 16-15. The Cougars are 10-5 at home in the series. The Skyhawks won two of three last season in Martin, Tenn. UTM swept the last series in Edwardsville in 2017.

RECORD WATCH: Catcher Brock Weimer hit two home runs in the series at Morehead State. He has 30 for his career, which is tied with SIUE Hall of Famer Tony Duenas for second all-time. Duenas held the record from 1987-2014. Devin Caldwell holds the record now at 33. Dustin Woodcock is No. 13 on the career doubles list with 45.

200-HIT CLUB: Woodcock recorded his 200th career hit March 31 against Eastern Kentucky. He now has 207 hits, which ranks 19th all-time at SIUE.

STRIKE FORCE: SIUE starters David Llorens and Collin Baumgartner are among the league leaders in strikeouts per nine innings in the OVC. Llorens is third at 11.10. Baumgartner is fifth at 10.70.


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