St. John's Set For Five Games At Wildcat Invitational|
March 12, 2010
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TUCSON, Ariz. - St. John’s competes in No. 2/2 Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational March 12-14. The Red Storm opens the tournament against Creighton and Northern Colorado on March 12 before taking on Minnesota and No. 2/2 Arizona the following day. STJ closes the tournament against Illinois-Chicago on March 14.
Gametracker live stats will be available for free for all five St. John’s games at arizonawildcats.com. Live video will be available for the STJ-Arizona game March 13 for a fee at arizonawildcats.com.
• St. John’s competes in No. 2/2 Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational March 12-14. The Red Storm opens the tournament against Creighton and Northern Colorado on March 12 before taking on Minnesota and No. 2/2 Arizona the following day. STJ closes the tournament against Illinois-Chicago on March 14.
• The Red Storm will face Creighton for the second time in three days. On March 10, the two teams faced off for the first time ever in Tempe, Ariz., and the Jays took a 4-0 victory. STJ senior Stacia Dopudja went 2-of-3 from the plate in the game.
• St. John’s game against Northern Colorado on March 12 will mark the first ever meeting between the two teams.
• STJ’s matchup vs. Minnesota on March 13 is also the first meeting between the two programs. St. John’s is 3-9 all-time against Big Ten teams. Last season, the Red Storm took down Wisconsin, 2-1, in the Hawaii Spring Fling tournament.
• The Red Storm’s game against No. 2/2 Arizona will be the third matchup between the two teams in one week. It also marks STJ’s seventh game against a ranked opponent this year and the team’s sixth time facing a top-10 team.
• St. John’s renews 21-year series against Illinois-Chicago which the Red Storm leads 4-2. The two teams last met on March 19, 2005, when the Flames took a 6-5 win in the Wolfpack Challenge in Raleigh, N.C.
• The Bluejays are 10-6 this season and 10-4 in games at neutral sites.
• Creighton’s top hitter is Renae Sinkler, who leads the team in batting average (.447), hits (21), doubles (four), home runs (eight) and RBI (20). STJ held Sinkler in check on March 10. The senior first baseman went 0-for-3 against St. John’s. Junior third baseman Liz McKewon has been productive for the Bluejays as well as she is tied with Sinkler for the team high in runs scored (11).
• As a team, Creighton has struggled to find its groove in the batter’s box. The Bluejays are hitting .214 collectively this season.
• Senior Tara Oltman has been the Bluejays’ ace in the circle so far this season. Oltman leads the team with a 1.37 ERA, a 8-3 record, 71.1 inings pitched, 78 strikeouts and a .207 opposing batting average.
SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADO
• The Bears are 5-13 this season and 3-8 in games played at neutral sites.
• Northern Colorado is led offensively by the trio of Erin Wilkinson, Jessie Schoepflin and Melisa Ryba. Wilkinson leads the team with a .388 batting average and seven doubles. Schoepflin is batting .377 with team highs of 23 hits, 15 runs scored, two triples and four steals. Ryba his hitting .351 with a team high two home runs.
• Junior pitcher/outfielder Kelli Henderson has a team-high eight starts this season for the Bears. She has a 7.58 ERA and has allowed 61 earned runs in 56.1 innnings of work. Northern Colorado’s team ERA is 9.54 and opposing hitters are batting .369 against the Bears’ pitchers.
• The Golden Gophers are 9-13 on the year and 8-9 at neutral sites.
• Heidi Carls is Minnesota’s top hitter. Carls leads the team with a .315 batting average and 10 RBI. Malisa Barnes is batting .290 and has a team-best two home runs. Alex Davis leads the team with two home runs.
• As a team, the Gophers are batting just .204.
• Freshman Lacey Middlebrooks is Minnesota’s top pitcher. She boasts a 1.93 ERA with a 9-5 record, 94.1 innings pitched and 87 strikeouts. Middlebrooks is also handy with a bat as sheis 2-of-6 on the year with four RBI and a pair of doubles.
SCOUTING NO. 2/2 ARIZONA
• The Wildcats are 17-1 this season and 6-1 at home.
• UA is led offensively by Brigette Del Ponte, who is hitting .513 with six home runs and 26 RBI, and Brittany Lastrapes, who is batting .418 with seven long balls and 22 RBI. Baillie Kirker and Lini Koria each have six home runs and Stacie Chambers has sent the ball over the fence five times.
• Kenzie Fowler is a perfect 12-0 from the circle with a 1.03 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 67.2 innings of work. Sarah Akamine is 5-1 in eight starts with a 3.05 ERA. This week, STJ hit .360 against Akamine and .211 against Fowler.
• The Flames are 4-10 on the year and 4-9 at neutral sites.
• UIC’s top hitters are Melinda Macias and Shannon Kehr. Macias is batting a team-best .406 with three doubles, on trible and six RBI. Kehr has been the team’s long-ball threat with four home runs on the year while batting .368.
• In the circle, Devin Miller leads the team with a 2.59 ERA and a 2-4 recored over 10 appearances. She has struck out 39 batters in 48.2 innings of work. Ashley Hewette has a 2.59 ERA with a 2-6 mark.