Redhawks Host Billikens in Home Opener at Capaha Field
March 1, 2005
Southeast Missouri State University welcomes the Billikens of Saint Louis University for the first home game of the season. Last season, the teams spilt the series with each team winning a game on their home field. The Redhawks hold a 20-16 advantage all-time against the Billikens.
The Redhawks enter the contest after being on the road at No. 1 ranked Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana. After being swept by Tulane, Southeast had nearly two weeks off before traveling to Southeastern Louisiana. The Southeast bats came alive in the series finale, fueled by three-run home runs from Frank Montiel and Jordan Payne, the Redhawks offense bruised Southeastern Louisiana for 14 runs on 16 hits as they won the series finale against Southeastern Louisiana 14-7 in Hammond. The Redhawks ended the weekend with a record of 2-4 on the year.
Ryan Forsyth (1-1) went five innings, allowing eights hits, five runs, and striking out three batters to earn the victory at Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday.
Jordan Payne went 2-6 from the plate with a single, a three-run home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored. The junior third baseman is now hitting .350 with five RBIs.
Frank Montiel went 2-4 with a double, a three-run home run, five RBIs, and a run scored. Montiel is now hitting .391 and leads the team with seven RBIs.
Scouting Saint Louis
The Billikens come into the contest having their last two games cancelled due to inclement weather and losing their previous two games at Creighton.
The Billikens are led offensively by Pat Steinhoff. The senior shortstop leads SLU and is second in Conference USA with a .538 batting average. His .588 on-base percentage leads the Bilikens and ties him for second in the conference.
The pitching staff is led by junior left-hander Tim Landy. Landy is 1-1 on the season with a 9.58 ERA. In a 5-2 win against Western Kentucky, Landy went seven innings while allowing four hits.
The Billikens are coached by Bob Hughes, assisted by Wes Sells, Brian Baker, and Dan Nicholson.