At a Glance
This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is a meeting on the softball field between Fontbonne University and Westminster College. Fontbonne and Westminster are two of the three remaining undefeated teams in conference play this spring. The conference doubleheader is set for a 4 p.m. start on Wednesday, April 12 in St. Louis, Mo.
Fontbonne University 'GRIFFINS'
Fontbonne is currently 6-10 overall and 4-0 in the SLIAC. The Griffins are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Blackburn last weekend. The Griffins offense has come around as of late, reaching double-digit runs in three of their last four games.
Fontbonne is hitting .309 as a team, 4th in the SLIAC, and have scored 90 runs this season. Their offensive attack has moved away from the power numbers of the past, with just four home runs, and more towards gap power with 30 extra base hits this season including a conference-best seven triples.
Junior Courtney Kedroski leads the team with a .426 average while stealing four bases. Sophomore Emelia Modglin is hitting .420 with a team-high 13 runs batted in and a .640 slugging percentage. In the circle, the Griffins rely on a young staff with two sophomores (Diamond Thomas and Maddy Strickland) and a freshman (Brianna Durant). Durant has a 2.77 earned-run average in seven appearances while Thomas holds a 3.46 earned-run average.
Westminster College 'BLUE JAYS'
Westminster brings a 13-9 overall record into the week and a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. The Blue Jays are coming off a sweep of Eureka on Sunday and tomorrow's games will start a four-game road trip.
The Blue Jays have scored 143 runs this season, highlighted by 11 home runs. They are hitting .311 as a team and have struck out just 47 times this season. The Blue Jays offense is led by senior infielder Erica Burney, the defending SLIAC Player of the Year. Burney is hitting .410 this season with one home run and 17 runs batted in while drawing 12 walks. Freshman Josie Cotter has provided protection for Burney, hitting .371 with four home runs and 30 runs batted in. A total of six players are hitting above .300 this season.
Senior Alyson Hahn and freshman Katie Price team up to lead the Blue Jays pitching staff. Hahn holds a 3.36 earned-run average and has recorded 45 strikeouts in 50 innings. Price has a 3.71 earned-run average in a team-high 54.2 innings pitched this year.
- Fontbonne leads the all-time series against Westminster 48-8.
- Last year marked the first time in series history that Westminster swept the regular season meeting against Fontbonne.
- Fontbonne will play their next six games at home, hosting Spalding and Principia this weekend.
- Westminster is on a conference-best nine-game winning streak.
- Fontbonne University will play host as the 2017 SLIAC Softball Championship held May 4-5 at ABC Ballpark.