SFA Opens Midweek At No. 21/24 Texas A&M
Feb. 17, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team opens their 2014 midweek schedule on the road at No. 21/24 Texas A&M on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in a 6:30 p.m. tilt at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.
Senior Kevin Bishop (0-0), a native of College Station, Texas, will get the start against the Aggies (3-0) opposite freshman Tyler Stubblefield (0-0).
The ‘Jacks are coming off a 2-1 start over opening weekend, knocking off Texas Arlington and Incarnate Word. SFA recorded 20 hits and 14 hits in 14-9 and 12-5 victories over UTA and UIW, respectfully. In the middle, the ‘Jacks came up short in a pitcher’s duel, falling 3-1 to No. 18 Oklahoma State.
Senior Mackenzie Handel has been solid go-to for SFA in the designated hitter spot, starting the season 5-for-10 in the UTA Invitational. The native for Chandler, Ariz., recorded two multi-hit games, beginning with the season opener with UTA. Handel went 2-for-3 against the Mavericks, collecting three RBI and scoring twice, highlighted by a home run to open the fourth inning. Handel then followed two days later with a 3-for-5 outing in the non-conference meeting with new Southland Conference foe UIW.
TAMU enters the week trying to start the season 4-0 for the fourth time in its last six seasons under head coach Rob Childress. The Aggies swept Northeastern with 10-2 and 11-2 routes of the Huskies on Friday and Saturday, before clinching the sweep 1-0 in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday.
Junior third baseman Logan Nottebrok has led TAMU offensively through the team’s first three games. Nottebrok, who played his freshman season in the Southland Conference at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, has started his 2014 campaign 4-for-9 with two doubles and one home run. His .444 average leads the team, while his doubles and home run mark are tied atop the Aggies' output thus far. His four RBI rank second, trailing senior catcher Troy Stein (5) by one.
The ‘Jacks enter Tuesday's game looking to avenge last season’s 7-6 loss at TAMU and pick up its second-ever win over the program. SFA’s lone victory against the Aggies came in 2010.
Fans can follow the action online live stats or through the free radio stream on aggieathletics.com. The game will also be available on 12thManTV (subscription required). For more updates, fans can follow the official Twitter account of the ‘Jacks (@SFA_Baseball).