Cardenas Announces 2014 Schedule
Jan. 14, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the release of the upcoming 2014 season schedule for the Lumberjacks Tuesday morning. The 55-game schedule, including 24 games at Jaycees Field, is highlighted with SFA's non-conference games against Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tech Tech and TCU.
"Coach Massengale has really done a good job of giving us a very balanced schedule, as well as a very talented schedule for this upcoming season," Cardenas said.
The `Jacks, coming off a 28-29 year, will play six teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll and another six, including two Southland Conference teams, who received votes.
"The quality of opponents on the 2014 schedule is unmatched by any previous schedule," Cardenas said.
SFA will the open season with its first seven games on the road, beginning with the Texas-Arlington Invitational Feb. 14-16. SFA will play host UTA, No. 18 Oklahoma State and Incarnate Word over the three-day round-robin tournament. The Feb. 16 meeting with UIW will not count as a Southland Conference game.
From there, the `Jacks go to College Station to take on No. 25 Texas A&M (Feb. 18), before heading on to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a three-game series with No. 29 Alabama (Feb. 21-13). The series will be the first-ever meetings between SFA and the Crimson Tide.
The `Jacks will play their home opener and begin a five-game homestand with Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 27. SFA will also welcome Texas Tech (Feb. 27) and Tennessee-Martin (Feb. 28-Mar. 2) to Nacogdoches in that span. The meeting with the `Jacks and the Red Raiders will be the first between the two teams since 2007 and first-ever at home. SFA played Tech twice in 2007, both at Dan Law Field in Lubbock. SFA's meeting with UT-Martin will represent the first-ever meeting between the two teams in program history.
The other non-conference road contests include a three-game series at No. 34 Wichita State (Mar. 7-9), two games as part of a return trip to Texas Tech (Mar. 18-19), a return trip to UALR (Apr. 1), Arkansas (Apr. 15), Dallas Baptist (Apr. 22), and Creighton (May. 13). The `Jacks will face WSU and UA for the first time since the 1991 and 1989 seasons still looking for their first wins against the opponent.
SFA will also welcome DBU (Mar. 25), No. 37 New Mexico (Apr. 8-9) and No. 19 TCU (Apr. 29) to Jaycess Field in midweek contests in between conference play. The Horned Frogs will come to Nacogdoches for the first time since the 1992 season. The `Jacks are 1-2 all-time verse TCU at Jaycees Field.
In SLC action, the SFA will host McNeese State (Mar. 14-16), Central Arkansas (Mar. 28-30), Oral Roberts (Apr. 11-13), Lamar (Apr. 25-27) and Nicholls State (May 9-11), while having road series at Northwestern State (Mar. 21-23), Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (Apr. 4-6), Abilene Christian (Apr. 17-19), Sam Houston State (May 2-4) and Houston Baptist (May 16-18).
"The Southland Conference has done a phenomenal job in improving every team in the league from top to bottom," Cardenas said. "I expect 2014 to be the most tightly contended conference season in my tenure here at SFA."
After holding the Southland Conference Baseball Championship Tournament at a neutral site in 2013 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, the postseason tournament will move back to a Southland member's venue. The 2014 tournament will be held at Bear Stadium on the campus of Central Arkansas on May 21-24. The tournament will move back to Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Baseball season tickets are now on sale. To purchase tickes, call 936-468-JACK (5225) or visit the information desk in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.