SMSU SOFTBALL: SMSU hosts Concordia-St. Paul in ‘Senior Day’ home games

Independent file photo SMSU’s Alex Reak connects for a base hit during their April 2 game against Augustana University. The Mustangs will face Concordia-St. Paul on Wednesday.

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State softball team (17-19, 12-12 NSIC) will host Concordia-St. Paul (26-18, 13-11 NSIC) on Wednesday at 2 and 4 p.m. to conclude home play and honor the 2019 seniors in Senior Day.

•SMSU ranks ninth in the conference while CSP ranks sixth.

•The top 10 teams in the conference will advance to the NSIC Tournament May 2-4 in Rochester.

Game coverage

•Live stats will be available for fans at smsumustangs.com.

•Updates can also be found by following @SMSUSoftball on Twitter.

Previewing the Mustangs

•SMSU comes into the week at 17-19 overall and 12-12 in the conference.

•SMSU ranks ninth in the conference.

•SMSU returns home after going 4-2 in a three-game road series sweeping Wayne State on Tuesday and splitting with both UMary and Minot State this weekend.

•Bailey Johnson passed Emma Grote as SMSU’s offensive leader after hitting .579 last week to now hit .420

•Johnson is the RBI leader with 26.

•Johnson and Kali Tomlinson are tied for the team with four home runs.

•Grote is batting .375 and is 11-of-11 for stolen bases.

•SMSU has three players batting over .300. SMSU has hit 18 home runs.

In the circle

•Athena Golling leads the Mustangs with a 10-9 record in the circle and a 2.52 ERA with 20 appearances and 18 starts.

•Megan Cull has a 5-7 record and a 4.77 ERA with 16 game appearances and 12 starts.

•Golling leads in strikeouts with 87 while Cull has 55.

•Shelby Crank has a 2-2 record in 11 appearances with five starts and 18 strikeouts.

Previewing

Concordia-St. Paul

•Concordia-St.Paul is 26-18 overall and 13-11 in the NSIC after sweeping both Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston last weekend.

•CSP defeated BSU in game two 11-10 in 12 innings.

•Carlie Hart leads the Golden Bears in batting with a .413 batting average and leads the team in hits with 64.

•Justine Schattner has drove in a team-high 38 RBIs.

•Samantha Sullivan has a 10-8 record with 93 strikeouts this season. Sullivan also holds a 3.55 ERA.

•Kali Kaestner and Aryka Knoche both have eight victories in the circle as Kaestner holds a team-low ERA with 3.07 and a 8-4 record. Knoche has a 3.12 ERA and a 8-6 record.

•Head coach, Bob Bartel, is in his 15th season at CSP. Bartel holds a 423-369 overall and 182-176 record in the conference.

CSP series

history

•Southwest Minnesota State leads the all-time series 37-27 dating back to 1977.

•SMSU is on a three-game winning streak with a double header sweep last season and a 5-2 victory in the conference tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.

•SMSU trails the series 10-11 in games played in Marshall.

NSIC rankings

•Bailey Johnson ranks fourth in batting average (.424), fifth in slugging percentage (.717), and second in on base percentage (.504),

•Athena Golling ranks ninth in earned run average.

NCAA statistics

•SMSU ranks 31st in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.86)

•Athena Golling ranks 32nd in strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Next up

•SMSU travels to Minnesota Duluth on Saturday at 1 and 3 pm. in Duluth and St. Cloud State on Sunday at 12 and 2 p.m. to conclude the regular season.

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