Posted: May 02, 2019
SIUE Cougars (16-26, 8-13 OVC) vs.
Eastern Illinois Panthers (21-23, 11-13 OVC)
Roy E. Lee Field / Simmons Baseball Complex
Radio: 88.7 the Sound
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Audio: SIUECougarNetwork.com
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com
CHANGE OF SCHEDULE: Friday's series opener has been changed to a 4 p.m. start because of rain in the forecast for later in the evening.
THE COUGARS: SIUE has dropped four in a row, including a sweep at the hands of Austin Peay last weekend. The Cougars sit in eighth place in the OVC, the last place to secure a spot in the OVC Championship.
HOMER HAPPY: The Cougars have hit nine homers in their last 10 games. SIUE has hit 34 home runs through its first 42 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 .252 on the road. Their earned run average at home (4.94) is nearly four runs better than on the road (7.93).
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 seven series this year, SIUE is 89-139 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: SIUE owns a 27-21 advantage in the all-time series with EIU, which includes a 22-7 mark against the Panthers in home games. Last year Eastern Illinois won two of three in Charleston, Illinois.