SFA To Host Southeastern In Three-Game Set
April 18, 2013
Game Notes & What To Watch For:
- Two teams part of the four-way tie atop the Southland Conference when Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana meet in a three-game series this weekend at Jaycees Field. The ‘Jacks have won six of their last seven games, including taking two of three at McNeese State last weekend and a convincing 8-3 win at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday.
- SFA is just 14-25 all-time vs the Lions, going 2-3 against Southeastern last season in a season series decided by no more than two runs in any contest. SFA picked up a walk-off win to stay alive in last year’s Southland Conference Tournament before the Lions responded with a walk-off win one day later to eliminate SFA and advance itself to the SLC Tournament title game.
- SFA will be going for its first series win over Southeastern Louisiana since the 1987 season. The ‘Jacks have registered at least one series win over every league opponent it has played since returning to baseball in 2006 - except Southeastern.
- SFA’s Hunter Dozier saw his 16-game hit streak come to and end on with an 0-for-3 outing in the series finale vs Oral Roberts; however,he has maintained another streak and enters Tuesday having reached base in 26 straight games. He has 20 walks to only 14 strikeouts in those 26 games, while hitting safely in 23 of them with a .475 batting average, .558 on-base percentage and .919 slugging percentage.
- Since taking over a late-inning role early in the year, reliever Brett Higginbotham has been nearly unhittable. In his last 13 appearances, the sidewinding senior righty has the following numbers: 3-1 record, 5 saves, 0.44 ERA, 20.2 IP, 9 hits allowed, .149 batting average, 1 run allowed, 22s 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 picked up his 50th career double and 100th career RBI last week and has moved into third all-time in hits and needs 30 more hits to surpass Zach Gardner’s 223 hits for the all-time top mark at SFA. His next hit will be the 200th of his career, making him just the third Lumberjack to total 200 hits for a career.
- Max Lamantia enters Friday’s game riding a season-high, eight-game hit streak in which he has four extra-base hits and 10 RBI.
- Starting pitcher Chase Greening had 10 strikeouts in his near no-hitter on Friday at McNeese State. It was the second time he has reached double-figure strikeouts in a game this year, including his 17 against Arlington Baptist. He is the first SFA pitcher to reach at least 10 strikeouts in a game since the program returned in 2006. The ‘Jacks had only had three double-digit strikeout games from an individual since 2006 before this season.