Posted: Apr 25, 2019
SIUE Cougars (16-22, 8-10 OVC) vs.
Austin Peay Governors (21-18, 13-8 OVC)
Raymond C. Hand Park
THE COUGARS: SIUE has won three straight games and seven of its last eight contests. The Cougars have series wins in each of the last two weekends
HOMER HAPPY: The Cougars have hit seven homers in their last five games and 11 in their last 10. SIUE has hit 32 home runs through its first 38 games. Last season the Cougars hit 38 homers in 52 games.
HOME COOKING: The Cougars have been better at home this year. SIUE is 12-6 in home games, far eclipsing last year's home win total of four. The Cougars' batting average is .279 at home compared to .251 on the road. Their earned run average at home (4.94) is nearly three runs better than on the road (7.60).
CONFERENCE CALL: SIUE is playing its eighth Ohio Valley Conference season in 2019. The Cougars have surpassed last year's win total (6) already. Through six series this year, SIUE is 89-136 all-time in league play. The Cougars' 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 12 in Division I baseball.
SERIES STUFF: Austin Peay leads the all-time series 18-10. SIUE is 5-9 in games in Clarksville, including a three-game sweep of the Governors in 2017. Last year Austin Peay won two of three in Edwardsville.