SFA To Face Abilene Christian For First Time
April 16, 2014
Stephen F. Austin (15-21, 6-9 SLC) at Abilene Christian (12-21, 2-7 SLC)
• The `Jacks enter the series at 15-21 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. ACU enters the series 12-20 overall and 2-7 in SLC play.
• SFA will have its fifth run through of 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 Nate Cole, senior Brady Rodriguez and sophomore Garrett Demeyere, across the three-game series.
Players of Note
• Senior Zach Marberry currently leads the league with 14 doubles, boasting a .290/.476./.375 split.
SCOUTING ABILENE CHRISTIAN: ACU, in its first season playing Division I baseball, enters the series 12-21 overall and 2-7 in SLC play. The Wildcats will closed out a five-game road swing on Wednesday night with a 20-2 loss at Texas A&M. ACU is in the midst of a five-game losing streak entering the conference series. Senior catcher Seth Spivey is tied for the SLC lead with a .371 batting average and three triples. He also sits fourth in the league with 70 total bases. Freshman third baseman Brandon Grudzielanek carries a .350 average entering the week, which ranks sixth in the SLC.
VS. THE OPPONENT: Thursday’s game marks the first-ever meeting between SFA and the Wildcats on the diamond. ACU is in its first season at the Division I level and first as a member of the Southland, making the transition from Division II.
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