Junior Halden Maynard will start for SFA against New Mexico on Tuesday.
April 7, 2014
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team, after a four-game road swing, returns to Jaycees Field to begin a five-game homestand. SFA, looking to build upon its two-game win streak, will host New Mexico for a two-game series Tuesday and Wednesday, before hosting Oral Roberts in a three-game series beginning Friday.
SFA enters the week .500 on the season at 15-15 overall and 6-6 in Southland Conference play. The `Jacks are two wins away from tying their longest winning streak of the season at three games, having taken both the Saturday and Sunday games at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi over the weekend. New Mexico enters the midweek games 22-11-1 on the season.
SFA will have send junior Halden Maynard to the mound on Tuesday against UNM freshman Preston Ryan. Senior Kyle Cross will start for the `Jacks in the Wednesday tilt opposite a pitcher to be announced.
Players of Note
Heading into the week, senior Ricardo Sanchez is coming off a hot weekend at the plate. Sanchez finished 9-for-15 (.600) across the three-games series at TAMUCC to pick up Southland Conference Hitter of the Week honors, the first of his career. Sanchez, a native of Houston, Texas, recorded multi-hit games in each contest to finish with a .600/.733/.647 split. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the series opener and followed with a 3-for-5 performance with two RBI and a run scored in the second game. In the series conclusion, Sanchez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and scored the game-winning run with a two-out RBI single to left field in the top of the ninth.
Senior Mackenzie Handel leads the team in several offensive categories. Handel, second in batting average (.342), leads SFA in slugging percentage (.622), hits (38), walks (21), total bases (60), homeruns (8) and RBI (31), with the latter two also both leading the Southland Conference. The other marks - slugging percentage (2), total bases (3) and walks (3), for the native of Chandler, Ariz., also rank in the top three across the league.
The Last Meeting
March 28, 2012
`Jacks Complete Midweek Sweep Of Lobos
Rene' Moreda went 4-for-4 and the Lumberjack bats exploded for a season-high 16 hits in a 9-5 win over New Mexico on Wednesday at Isotopes Park, closing out a sweep of a two-game series against the Lobos.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO: UNM enters the week 22-11-1, having won seven of its past 10 games. The Lobos are receiving votes in both the USA Today/ESPN and National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) polls. With 34 games played, only Texas Tech and Jacksonville State have played more games across the nation than UNM. The Lobos, tied for second in the Mountain West Conference with an 8-4 record in league play, are led by senior outfielder Chris Harris at the plate. Harris is among the nation leaders in hits (54) and RBI (38), boasting a .362 batting average, which leads UNM.
VS. THE OPPONENT: SFA is 2-0 all-time against the Lobos, having taken both meetings in 2012. The `Jacks, hosting UNM for the first time in the series history, beat the Lobos 8-7 (3/27/12) and 9-5 (3/28/12) across the first two game series.
The Last Time Out
Sanchez pushed SFA over TAMUCC, delivering the game-winning run on a RBI single in the top of the ninth, in a 7-6 win to claim the series 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at Chapman Field.
SFA will close out its homestand, hosting ORU (Apr. 11-13) for a three-game series at Jaycees Field.