Tribe To Take On Nationally Ranked Tigers
Cape Girardeau, Mo. (April 30, 2003) - The Southeast Missouri State Indian baseball team will play its second Big 12 team in the last week today as they travel to Columbia to take on the Tigers of Missouri at 6 p.m.
Southeast had a 3-1 record this past week as they went on the road and defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 9-5 and then took two out of three from then-OVC leading Austin Peay in Clarksville. Justin Christian had three homers in the series with Peay as he and Brian Hopkins each hit .529 on the week.
Hopkins is swinging a hot bat as of late. He had another homer against Peay as he moved his career-high home run total to 11 on the season. He leads the Tribe with a .399 batting average and his 11 homers are third in the league. Justin Christian and Zach Borowiak are batting .377 and .352, respectively with Zach pounding out 7 homers and 38 RBI, while having a team-leading 13 doubles. Christian has 9 longballs.
Alvarez is leading the pitching staff with a 10-2 record, and a 2.27 ERA. He picked up 10th win of the season against Peay. Jon Nourie leads the OVC in strikeouts per nine innings with an 11.48 mark. Nourie has struck out 51 batters in just 40 innings of work.
Missouri is ranked for the first time since 1997, as they aer 29-15 overall and 12-8 in the Big 12 after beating SLU last night in the wooden bat challenge. They have been ranked as high as 19, but currently stand at 24.
The Tigers are being led by their All-American centerfielder Jayce Tingler. Tingler is batting .401 with 65 hits, nine doubles, three triples and 41 RBI. Brad Flanders, Ryan Rallo, and Cody Ehlers lead the team with six homers apiece.
Andy Shipman leads the staff with a 6-2 record. He has 37 strikeouts in 49 innings. Justin James has a 6-5 record and has been a workhorse for the team. He has 67 strikeouts in 78 innings.
Missouri, as a team, are hitting .316, and have a 4.52 ERA.
After this series, Southeast will continue its 11-game road swing with a weekend series at the University of Tennessee-Martin.