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    SFA Set To Open Homestand With Lamar
    Junior Dillon Mangham will make his first Friday start for SFA tomorrow night against Lamar.
    Junior Dillon Mangham will make his first Friday start for SFA tomorrow night against Lamar.

    April 24, 2014

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    Stephen F. Austin (16-24, 7-11 SLC) vs. Lamar (24-16, 10-8 SLC)
    Friday, April 25 (6:30 p.m.) • Live Stats | Stream
    Saturday, April 26 (2:00 p.m.) • Live Stats 
    Sunday, April 27 (10:00 a.m.) • Live Stats | Stream
    Jaycees Field - Nacogdoches, Texas 

    Opening Pitch
    • The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team, after a five-game road swing, returns to Jaycees Field to host Lamar in a three-game Southland Conference series. The series with the Cardinals, beginning Friday in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, opens a four-game homestand for SFA that will culminate in a midweek tilt with TCU on Tuesday, April 29.

    • The `Jacks enter the weekend at 16-24 overall and 7-11 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped three-of-four, falling 7-2 at Arkansas and picking up just one win over ACU across a three-game SLC series, the first-ever meetings between the two teams. The `Jacks recently played at Dallas Baptist (April 22), falling 7-6 in 10 innings after holding a 6-0 lead after three innings. LU enters the midweek tilt at 24-16 overall and 10-8 in SLC action.

    • SFA will change their rotation after four weekends with the same run through, with junior Dillon Mangham on Friday, senior Kyle Cross on Saturday and a pitcher to be determined on Sunday. Mangham, who has been a staple in the weekend rotation all season with his nine starts, will be making his first appearance in the opening game of a series. Mahgham made two appearances in the finale of the weekend, before moving to game two for his last seven starts. The `Jack starters will see sophomore Will Hibbs, junior Chase Angelle and senior David Carver across the three-game series.

    Players of Note
    • Heading into the weekend, senior Mackenzie Handel has continued to enjoy a steady season at the plate, leading both the team and Southland Conference in several offensive categories. Handel currently leads the league in RBI (37), is tied for the SLC mark in homeruns (8) and ranks second in walks (31) and total bases (83). The native of Chandler, Ariz., ranks third in the conference slugging percentage (.568), also leading the `Jacks in batting average (.336), runs (25), hits (49), on-base percentage (.443).

    • Senior Zach Marberry currently leads the league with 15 doubles, boasting a .283/.457/.369 split. SFA has hit 70 doubles as a team, which is tied with LU for the conference lead.

    SCOUTING LAMAR: The Cardinals enter the series 24-16 overall and 10-8 in SLC play, having won its third straight conference series and nine of its last 11 games. The LU offense, currently hitting .299 on the season, has recorded double-figure hits in all but one of their last seven games. The Cardinals lead the SLC in batting average, runs (245), RBI (218), walks (181), on-base percentage (.396) and are tied with the `Jacks in doubles (70). Senior Sam Bumpers leads the team with a .350 batting average and is on a 24-game hit streak, just shy of the LU all-time single-season mark set by Erik Kanaby in 2007.

    The Last Meeting
    April 28, 2013
    Beaumont, Texas
    Rally Falls Short, Lamar Completes Sweep
    The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks out-hit the Lamar Cardinals for the third consecutive game, but struggled to turn those hits into runs once again, falling 4-3 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium.

    VS. THE OPPONENT: Friday's game marks the 71st between the two teams, with the Cardinals leading the all-time series 56-14. The `Jacks are looking for their first win against LU since the second game of the 2012 series. The Cardinals swept SFA last season. The `Jacks are 1-7 against the LU in their last eight meeting.

    The Last Time Out
    • SFA led 6-0 after three innings, but was unable to scratch across any more in a 7-6 loss to DBU in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Horner Ballpark. The win for the Patriots completed a two-game sweep of the `Jacks to close the home-and-home series between the two teams.

    • SFA will close its four-game home series on Tuesday, April 29, hosting TCU in a 6:30 p.m. first pitch. The game marks the first time that the Horned Frogs have come to Nacogdoches, Texas, since the 1992 season.