Junior Halden Maynard will start for SFA at Arkansas on Tuesday.
April 14, 2014
SFA Game Notes
Stephen F. Austin (15-20, 6-9 SLC) at Arkansas (22-15, 7-8 SEC)
Tuesday, April 15 (6:30 p.m.)
Baum Stadium - Fayetteville, Ark.
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team will open a five-game road swing on Tuesday, traveling to Arkansas. SFA, looking to bounce back from being swept by Oral Robert and New Mexico last week, will try and snap its season-long, five-game losing streak in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against the Razorbacks.
The `Jacks enter the week at 15-20 overall and 6-9 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped a pair of midweek contests to UNM, before being swept in a three-game SLC series with ORU across a five-game homestand. Arkansas enters the midweek tilt 22-15 overall and 7-8 in SEC play.
SFA will start junior Halden Maynard against Arkansas' Alex Phillips. Maynard enters the game 0-1 on the season through seven appearances and three starts, while Phillips carries a 3-0 record in six games (all started) on the season.
Players of Note
Heading into the week, senior Mackenzie Handel has enjoyed a steady season at the plate, leading both the team and Southland Conference in several offensive categories. Handel currently leads the league in homeruns (8) and RBI (33). The native of Chandler, Ariz., also leads the `Jacks in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.581), runs (24), hits (43), walks (23), on-base percentage (.430) and total bases (75), which ranks in the second in the conference.
Senior Zach Marberry currently leads the league with 14 doubles, boasting a .303/.496./.388 split.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS: Arkansas enters the week 22-15 overall and 7-8 in SEC play after taking one-of-three at LSU over the weekend. After hitting nine homeruns through the first 32 games of the season, the Razorbacks have hit seven homers in their last five games. The Razorbacks have recorded multi-homerun games in two of their last five outings, as Eric Fisher has homered in each of his last three games. The power-hitting Arkansas bats have complimented the Razorback pitching staff, which is putting together one of the most dominant seasons in program history. Arkansas' staff holds a 2.45 earned run average through the first 37 games. The team's seven shutouts already rank in the top 10 for a single season, and are three away from tying the mark of 13 set during the 1977 season. The 2.45 ERA currently ranks second in program history, sitting only behind a 1.89 ERA in 61 games established last season.
The Last Meeting
April 17, 2012
No. 17 Arkansas Rides First Inning To 8-3 Win
Bobby Loveless went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, but that was all the offense SFA could put together as Arkansas pounded out 17 hits off three Lumberjack pitchers and rode a four-run first inning to a 8-3 win in the opener of a doubleheader at Baum Stadium.
VS. THE OPPONENT: SFA is 0-4 all-time against the Razorbacks, after dropping a doubleheader in Fayetteville in 2012. The `Jacks fell 8-3 and 4-3 to No. 17 Arkansas on April 17.
The Last Time Out
SFA was held to just three hits, as Oral Roberts picked up a 4-0 shutout to complete the series sweep on Sunday afternoon on Jaycees Field.
SFA will next head to Abilene Christian for a three-game Southland Conference series beginning Thursday, the first-ever meetings between the two teams.