LMU visits Bellarmine for Wednesday doubleheader

Published 1:34 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2019

LOUISVILLE — The Railsplitters hope to snap a three-game losing streak against the Bellarmine Knights on Wednesday when they make the trip to the Bluegrass State for a nonconference doubleheader at Knights Field.

Lincoln Memorial (23-9) won its third consecutive South Atlantic Conference series this past weekend, taking two of three from the Queens Royals at Lamar Hennon Field. A stunning 11-10 loss in game two snapped the Railsplitters’ 11-game winning streak, but LMU won game three to head into this week with wins in 12 of its last 13.

Bellarmine (13-11) also won its weekend series at Rockhurst University, taking games one and two, to improve to 6-5 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. The Knights host Southern Indiana on Tuesday before welcoming the Railsplitters to town on Wednesday.

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Notes on Bellarmine

– The Knights are an outstanding offensive team that is batting .319 cumulatively with 30 home runs, a .494 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage. Bellarmine has seven players hitting .300 or better with at least 40 at-bats.

– Zac Wiley has been a monster through the first 24 games of the season, batting an eye-popping .466 with a team-leading 41 hits, seven doubles, seven home runs, 29 RBI, 16 walks and .539 on-base percentage. He has hit safely in 13 straight games with eight multi-hit games over that span.

– Alex Phillips and Matt Higgins have 31 and 30 hits, respectively. Phillips is batting .360 with four doubles, two triples and two home runs with a team-leading five steals, while Higgins is hitting .345 with six doubles, three bombs and 28 RBI.

– Deylen Miley, Clayton Mehlbauer, and Chris Gambert are also hitting well above .300 for the Knights. Miley and Gambert have both connected on six home runs apiece, while Tyler Neeley, who has mustered a meager .255 batting average, has launched five long balls.

– The Bellarmine pitching staff has been a bit shaky with a team 5.23 earned run average and .297 batting average against. Kyle Beach and Shane Barringer started the last two nonconference games for the Knights. Beach has a 3.92 ERA and a 2-1 record with 16 strikeouts across 20.2 innings, while Barringer has a 5.02 ERA, a 1-1 record and 11 punch outs in 14.1 frames.

– Bellarmine is 7-1 at home this season, including 5-0 against nonconference foes at Knights Field.

Series History

– Bellarmine owns a 15-14 edge in the all-time series against Lincoln Memorial, including a 7-5 record in Louisville.

– The Railsplitters have dropped three straight against the Knights, falling 13-6 and 14-0 in a doubleheader at Lamar Hennon Field last season after splitting a doubleheader at Bellarmine in 2017 by scores of 16-10 and 5-6.

– Bellarmine has won five of the last seven matchups overall. Lincoln Memorial has not swept a doubleheader against the Knights since 1999.