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    SFA Looks To Stay Hot At McNeese State

    April 11, 2013

    Game 33-35
    Stephen F. Austin (16-16, 6-3 SLC) vs
    McNeese State (18-13, 5-4 SLC)

    Cowboy Diamond
    Lake Charles, La.

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    6:30 p.m. - Fri., April 12
    2:00 p.m. - Sat., April 13
    1:00 p.m. - Sun., April14
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    Probable Starting Pitchers 

    SFA - Chase Greening, RHP (2-2, 3.38 ERA, 42.2 IP, 45 K, 12 BB)
    MCN - Bryce Kingsley, RHP (5-3, 3.31 ERA, 54.1 IP, 42 K, 26 BB)

    SFA - Kyle Cross, RHP (4-2, 2.53 ERA, 46.1 IP, 26 K, 7 BB)
    MCN - Blake Ware, RHP (5-2, 2.47 ERA, 58.1 IP, 32 K, 18 BB)

    SFA - Justin Choate, RHP (1-2, 5.30 ERA, 37.1 IP, 33 K, 12 BB)
    MCN - Matt Clemens, RHP (0-1, 10.12 ERA, 8.0 IP, 4 K, 7 BB)


     Game Notes & What To Watch For:

    - All games can be followed via Live Stats at Fans can also follow along on the official SFA Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information on all games.

    - The `Jacks will look to keep its momentum rolling this weekend when it travels to Lake Charles for a three-game weekend series at McNeese State. SFA is coming off a three-game sweep of Oral Roberts last weekend in Nacogodches and a midweek victory at TCU on Wednesday, running its win streak to a season-long four games.

    - The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing skid of its own on Tuesday with a 6-2 win over ULM, jus two days after being swept by defending league champion Sam Houston State. Still, the Cowboys have been awfully tough at Cowboy Diamond this year, sporting a 14-6 record on its home field, winning its last six home games dating back to a March 9 on-run defeat to New Orleans.

    - McNeese State enters the weekend with one of the top pitching staffs in the Southland, led by a starters Bryce Kingsley and Blake Ware, each who are holding hitters below a .230 average for the year.

    - SFA is 18-30 all-time against the Cowboys, including just 6-16 at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles. The `Jacks are 3-3 in Lake Charles since returning the program for the 2006 season, winning two of three in their last trip to Lake Charles in 2011. SFA claimed a 7-0 win behind a complete-game shutout from Chase Greening in last year's season opener in Nacogodches before McNeese State responded with consecutive 4-1 wins to take the series.

    - Hunter Dozier saw his 16-game hit streak come to and end on Sunday with an 0-for-3 outing in the series finale vs Oral Roberts; however, a walk in his final at-bat did extend his streak of reaching base and two singles on Wednesday at TCU pushed the streak to 22 consecutive games. He has 18 walks to only 12 strikeouts in those 22 games, while hitting safely in 20 of them with a .458 batting average, .549 on-base percentage and .892 slugging percentage.

    - Since taking over a late-inning role early in the year, reliever Brett Higginbotham has been nearly unhittable. In his last 11 appearances, the sidewinding senior righty has the following numbers: 3-1 record, 3 saves, 0.47 ERA, 19.0 IP, 9 hits allowed, .148 batting average, 1 run allowed, 19 strikeouts and just four walks.

    - Dozier is cementing his name in the SFA record books this season, having already set the all-time doubles record and rapidly moving up in a number of other categories. The junior infielder needs just one more double to reach 50 for his career picked up his 100th career RBI on Wednesday at TCU with a run-scoring single. He also has moved into fourth all-time in hits and needs 35 more hits to surpass Zach Gardner's 223 hits for the all-time top mark at SFA.

    - SFA made two errors on Wednesday at TCU, its first fielding miscues in five games. The errors snapped a streak of 45.1 consecutive innings without an error for the `Jacks, the longest such streak since the program was resurrected in 2006.