SFA Returns To SLC Play With UCA

SFA host UCA in a three-game series at Jaycees Field this weekend.

March 27, 2014

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Stephen F. Austin (10-13) vs. Central Arkansas (14-8)
Friday, March 28 (6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 29 (2:00 p.m.)
Sunday, March 30 (1:00 p.m.) 
Jaycees Field - Nacogdoches, Texas


Opening Pitch
• The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team will close their four-game homestand, with Central Arkansas this weekend. SFA, looking to bounce back from a 20-10 loss to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, returns to Southland Conference action with three games against the Bears. 

• SFA enters the week 10-13 overall and 2-4 in Southland Conference play. The `Jacks are still looking for their first SLC series win.

• SFA will have its second run through its weekend rotation with junior Cameron Gann on Friday, junior Dillon Mangham on Saturday and senior Kevin Bishop on Sunday. The three `Jack starters will see sophomore Connor Gilmore, junior Chris Caudle and a pitcher to be announced later across the three-game series.

Players of Note
• Heading into the weekend, sophomore Matthew Dickey and senior Mackenzie Handel lead the team in several offensive categories. Dickey currently bolsters a .349 batting average and is the SFA's current leader in hits (29-of-83) and stolen bases (7-of-13). Handel leads the team and ranks second in the Southland in both slugging percentage (.554) and homeruns (5). The native of Chandler, Ariz., also leads the team and is tied for fifth in the league with 21 RBI.

The Last Meeting
Central Arkansas7
May 23, 2013
Constellation Field - Sugar Land, Texas
Seventh Inning Dooms SFA Against UCA
The Central Arkansas Bears struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and eliminated Stephen F. Austin with a 7-3 win on Thursday in the Southland Conference Tournament at Constellation Field.

SCOUTING CENTRAL ARKANSAS: UCA enters the weekend series 14-8 overall and 4-2 in Southland Conference play on the season. The Bears, who did not play a midweek game, are coming of a series sweep of Sam Houston State in Conway, Ark. UCA defeated the Bearkats 9-7, 4-2 and 6-4, to hand SHSU its first series loss and sweep of the season. Senior Doug Votolato currently leads the way for the Bears with a .356 batting average and 31 hits in 21 games on the season. Fellow senior Justin Treece is the reigning Southland Conference Hitter of the Week after aiding UCA to their sweep of the Bearkats with his offensive presence. Treece hit .364 (4-for-11) with four runs scored and three RBI against SHSU and has had multi-hit games in four of the Bears' last five contests. 

VS. THE OPPONENT: SFA is 16-7 all-time against the Bears, since the two teams first met in 2007. In their 23 meetings, the `Jacks have won six of their seven series meetings and only lost consecutive games to UCA once when they were swept back in 2009. SFA dropped its final game of the 2013 season to the Bears in an elimination game of the Southland Cofnerence Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Last Time Out
• The `Jacks led 6-5 headed into the sixth inning but could not hold on, falling 20-10 to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.

• SFA will retake the road for four games next week, traveling to Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. The `Jacks will play UALR on April 1, before beginning a three-game series with TAMUCC on April 4.


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