Who starts behind the plate against ULM?

The Lions start the season with four catchers with at least 10 starts, and that doesn’t include freshman Evan Pace, who coach Matt Riser considers to be the heir apparent for next season. Chris Eades earned the first start Friday, but designated hitter Sam Roberson will rotate in as the No. 2.

Where does that leave former preseason All American Jameson Fisher?

With plenty of firepower at catcher, Fisher moves to first base, where SLU can take advantage of his offensive abilities every day without getting him caught up in the catching rotation. He may still go behind the plate in limited, late-inning situations.

Is the outfield still a liability?

Absolutely not. Riser was unsure of how good the outfield would be this time last season, but those concerns have been silenced. The Lions return reigning Southland Player of the Year Jacob Seward, preseason all conference left fielder Ryan Byers and right fielder Julian Service, who Riser said has the strongest arm the program has seen in years.

Is there any room for younger players?

With so many returning starters, there isn’t much room for newcomers. Riser already committed to not redshirting freshman catcher Evan Pace with the hopes of getting experience for next year. Riser also said sophomore lefty reliever and left fielder Drew Avans will see an increased role.

Is Kyle Cedotal still a two-way player?

Two years ago, Cedotal was mostly a field player who pitched in emergency relief situations. Last season, the plan was to have him split time between the two. This year, SLU is going all in on his pitching abilities, naming him the Friday ace and letting him hit in emergency, pinch-hitting situations