`Jacks Head To Wichita State
March 6, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team heads to Wichita, Kansas, for a three game series with Wichita State beginning Friday, Mar. 7, at Eck Stadium.
SFA (6-5) is coming of a 3-1 week that included a sweep of the visiting Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. After dropping a 5-4 heartbreaker to 26th-ranked Texas Tech in the ninth inning on Feb. 27, the `Jacks responded with three straight victories over UTM the next two days. SFA cruised to a 9-4 victory in the series opener with the Skyhawks and then followed with 10-6 and 1-0 (seven-inning) wins in a doubleheader over UTM as part of a doubleheader.
Senior Ricardo Sanchez hit 7-for-11 (.636) across the three-game series with the Skyhawks. Sanchez went 3-for-5 in the series opener, followed with a perfect 3-for-3 outing with a double, RBI and two runs scored in game two, before finishing 1-for-3 in the series finale.
Junior Dillon Mangham (2-0) sealed the sweep in the series finale, pitching a complete seven-inning game shutout on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the doubleheader. Mangham went the distance, recording five strikeouts and scattering two hits. Across seven innings, he held the opposition to a .087 batting average.
WSU enters the weekend series 7-3 on the season and holds a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams. The Shockers beats SFA 6-3, 6-1 and 7-0 in Wichita in the 1990 season.
WSU is currently ranked in the top-50 in several statistical categories in the NCAA, currently 18th in batting average and doubles (16th in doubles per game), 20th in slugging percentage, 25th in home runs (28th in home runs per game), 34th in hits, 39th in scoring, 40th in ERA and on-base percentage and 48th in shutouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Shockers are led offensively by junior Casey Gillaspie. The WSU first baseman leads the team in nearly every statistical category, also ranking among the nation's elite. In the NCAA, Gillaspie ranks fifth in batting average (.526) and slugging percentage (.921) and ninth in total bases (35), 10th in RBI (17), 11th in on-base percentage (.640), 13th in home runs (3), 16th in hits (20) and walks (11) and 37th in runs (13).