Tribe Gets Back Into OVC Swing With Series At Austin Peay
Cape Girardeau, Mo. (April 25, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State Indian baseball team will be back in action this weekend as they travel to OVC rival Austin Peay State University to take on the Govs in a three-game series in Clarksville.
Southeast went on the road to Manhattan, Kansas this week and got a 9-5 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats. Brian Hopkins had a 3-4 day with three RBI on a home run and was a triple shy of the cycle. Ryan Forsyth improved his perfect record to 3-0 with a win on the mound.
Brian Hopkins is swinging a hot bat as of late. He had another homer against Kansas State as he moved his career-high home run total to 10 on the season. He leads the Tribe with a .392 batting average and his ten homers are second in the league. Justin Christian and Zach Borowiak are batting .357 and .351, respectively with Zach pounding out 7 homers and 38 RBI, while having a team-leading 13 doubles.
Alvarez is leading the pitching staff with a 9-2 record, and a 2.18 ERA. He picked up just his second loss of the season last week despite pitching a complete game. Jon Nourie leads the OVC in strikeouts per nine innings with an 11.75 mark. Nourie has struck out 47 batters in just 36 innings of work.
The Govs are 16-21-1 this year with an OVC best 5-2-1 record. They have lost five of their last six games including losing two of three to Murray State last weekend.
Ron Bethke is leading the team offensively. He is hitting .342 with three homers and 22 RBI. Chris Hyde leads the team in homers with six, and A.J. Ellis, as well as Travis Beech are the only other hitters over .300.
Dustin Smith leads the OVC's second-best pitching staff. He is 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA and leads the OVC with his 60 strikeouts. Devin Thomas is 5-3 and the team as a whole has a 4.94 ERA.
Peay is hitting just .264 as a team, and although they lead the league in ERA, opponents ERA against Peay is 3.83.
After this series, Southeast will continue its 11-game road swing with a mid-week game at Missouri and then a weekend series at Tennesse