SFA Set To Open Homestand With Lamar
April 24, 2014
Stephen F. Austin (16-24, 7-11 SLC) vs. Lamar (24-16, 10-8 SLC)
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
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.
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