May 09, 2019
SIUE Cougars (17-28, 9-15 OVC) vs.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (27-21, 16-8 OVC)
Rudy Abbot Field / Jim Case Stadium
Live Video: ESPN+
Live Audio: None
Live Stats: SIUEStats.com
THE COUGARS: SIUE snapped a five-game losing streak with a Saturday win against Eastern Illinois. The Cougars remain in the eighth spot in the OVC, tied with Southeast Missouri. SIUE holds the tiebreaker with SEMO for the final OVC Tournament spot with two series remaining.
COMPLETING THE JOB: Saturday starter Kenny Serwa tossed his second career complete game Saturday, a 3-1 win over Eastern Illinois. He was awarded with the OVC Pitcher of the Week award Monday.
HOME COOKING: The Cougars have been better at home this year. SIUE is 13-8 in home games, far eclipsing last year's home win total of four. The Cougars' batting average is .272 at home compared to .252 on the road. Their earned run average at home (5.14) is nearly three 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 eight series this year, SIUE is 90-141 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 14 in Division I baseball.
SERIES STUFF: JSU holds a 20-8 lead in the all-time series. The Cougars are 4-9 on the road in the series.