'Jacks Open Homestand With New Mexico
April 7, 2014
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
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.
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.
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