SB Preview: Five big A-10 games await the Billikens this week

Opponent | Date | time Loyola Chicago | Wednesday, April 19 | 14 hours | Live Stats | I’m watching
Opponent | Date | time Loyola Chicago | Wednesday, April 19 | 16 hours | Live Stats | I’m watching
Opponent | Date | time in Saint Joseph | Saturday, April 22 | 11 am CT | Live stats
Opponent | Date | time in Saint Joseph | Saturday, April 22 | 1 p.m. CT | Live stats
Opponent | Date | time in Saint Joseph | Sunday, April 23 | 11 am CT | Live stats

Complete Billiken Season Stats

•It’s a busy week of Atlantic 10 Conference action for Saint Louis (18-22, 10-4 A-10) as the Billikens battle two opponents in a total of five games.
•SLU hosts Loyola Chicago (17-19, 11-4 A-10) in a 2:00 pm game on Wednesday, April 19. The Billikens then travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s (14-22, 5-9 A-10) in a three-game series April 22-23. Saturday’s doubles and Sunday’s singles start at 11am.
•Live stats are available for all five games, and a twinbill against Loyola Chicago is scheduled to air on ESPN+ (weather permitting). See the links above.
•St.Louis begins the week in fourth place in the tightly stacked A-10 standings. Dayton (12-2) leads the league, George Mason (13-4) is second and Loyola Chicago (11-4) is third.
Ashley Marietta was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for April 10-16. Marietta hit safely in all four games last week, leading the Billikens in batting average (.583, 7-for-12), hits (seven), RBI (five), total bases (11), slugging percentage (.917), on-base percentage (.615) and OPS (1.532). She also threw out two runners at the plate from right field.
•SLU leads the A-10 in five statistical categories – doubles per game (0.48, 14th nationally), on-base percentage (.392, 29th nationally), runs per game (5.62, 36th nationally ), slugging percentage (.440 ), and home runs per game (.78). The Billikens are second in the league in batting average (.294).
• Billikens in top 10 of A-10 rankings:
Gabby Kovalik – First in runs (40), total bases (82) and on-base percentage (.513); second in hits (53), slugging percentage (.651), OPS (1.164) and hits by pitch (nine); third in batting average (.421); third in RBI (29); fourth in stolen bases (19); fourth in home runs (five) and doubles (10).
Chloe Wendling – First in wins (14), complete games (17) and innings pitched (165.1); tied for third in hits (123).
Abby Malo – First in home runs (nine) and RBI (38); fourth in hitting percentage (.641); sixth in OPS (1.016); seventh in total bases (59); tied for eighth in runs scored (23).
Chloe Raine – First in walks (29); fourth in assists (80) and goals (six); fifth in on-base percentage (.473) and runs (27); seventh in RBI (24); ninth in OPS (.960); tied for ninth in doubles (nine).
Natalie Sullivan – Second in runs (37); tied for third in walks (22); fourth in sacrifices (six); tied for fourth in sacrifice flies (two); ninth in hits (39); 10th in on-base percentage (.425); tied for 10th in total bases (57).
Jane Kaniecki – Third in hits (46).
Cami Newbanks – First in sacrifices (eight); eighth in walks (18).
Jocelyn Abbott – First in assists (88); tied for seventh in sacrifice bunts (four); tied for eighth in home runs (four).
Kaili Half – Fifth in opponents’ batting average (.222).
Kendall Johnson – Tied for seventh in sacrifice bunts (four).
• Billikens in top 50 NCAA Division I rankings:
Chloe Wendling – Fourth in innings pitched (165.1); 34th in wins (14).
Abby Malo – 16th in RBIs per game (1.15).
Chloe Raine – 26th in walks per game (0.72).
Gabby Kovalik – 30th in on-base percentage (.513); 31st in hits (53); 33rd in runs per game (1.00); 38th in batting average (.421).
Cami Newbanks – 30th in kills per game (0.21).
• In conference games alone, the Billikens lead the A-10 in home runs (16), slugging percentage (.510), on-base percentage (.426) and sacrifice bunts (12).
•Also in A-10 game, Abby Malo leads conference in home runs (six), RBI (21), slugging percentage (.810) and OPS (1.261); Gabby Kovalik leads in runs (17) and stolen bases (nine); and Cami Newbanks lead in sacrifices (five).
Gabby Kovalik continues to climb the St. Louis career charts in many categories. Kovalik is second in hits (226), total bases (383), runs (158) and triples (14); tied for second in home runs (30); third in RBIs (140) and hits by pitch (41); fourth place in doubles (39); sixth in stolen bases (60); seventh in at bats (624); eighth in games started (203); and tied for 10th in games played (203).
Chloe Wendling also rose in several career categories. Wendling is third in starts (89); fourth in wins (42), innings pitched (557) and appearances (119); fifth at shutout (nine); tied for fifth in saves (four); sixth in complete games (50); and eighth in strikeouts (360).

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