May 9, 2013
Stephen F. Austin (25-24, 12-9 SLC) at
Central Arkansas (32-14, 11-10 SLC)
Probable Starting Pitchers
SFA - Chase Greening, RHP (4-3, 2.22 ERA, 69.0 IP, 68 K, 19 BB)
UCA - Caleb McClanahan, RHP (8-4, 1.71 ERA, 89.1 IP, 54 K, 8 BB)
SFA - Kyle Cross, RHP (5-5, 3.52 ERA, 69.0 IP, 34 K, 14 BB)
UCA - Jeffrey Enloe, LHP (7-4, 2.46 ERA, 87.2 IP, 66 K, 17 BB)
SFA - Justin Choate, RHP (3-2, 4.61 ERA, 54.2 IP, 45 K, 14 BB)
UCA - Bryce Biggerstaff, RHP (4-2, 2.92 ERA, 77.0 IP, 46 K, 13 BB)
Game Notes & What To Watch For:
- All games can be followed via Live Stats at UCASports.com. Fans can also follow along on the official SFA Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information on all games. Also, each game will be aired live on KUCA 91.3 FM out of Conway with Steve Owens on the call.
-The Lumberjacks got back in the win column last weekend with a series win over Northwestern State, but has its work cut out for it this weekend at Central Arkansas, a team which boasts one of the top pitching staffs in the league.
- The Bears lead the Southland witha 2.60 team ERA, including three weekend starters each with ERAs under 3.00; meanwhile, the ‘Jacks enter with one of the Southland’s top offenses, leading the league in home runs and slugging percentage entering the weekend.
- SFA enters the weekend three games back of first place with six games to play, while the Bears are four games back of league-leading Sam Houston State.
- SFA is 14-5 all-time against the Bears, taking two of three in last year’s regular season series before eliminating UCA in the second game of last year’s Southland Conference Tournament. In all, SFA has won nine of its last 10 meetings against the Bears, including five of six games in Conway.
- 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 Friday having reached base in 39 straight games.
- Since taking over a late-inning role early in the year, reliever Brett Higginbotham has been nearly unhittable. In his last 18 appearances, the sidewinding senior righty has the following numbers: 3-1 record, 8 saves, 0.58 ERA, 31.0 IP, 13 hits allowed, .134 opponent’s batting average, 2 runs allowed, 30 strikeouts and just five walks.
- Hunter 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 is now just one of three Lumberjacks in school history with 200 career hits, and needs just nine more to break Zach Gardner’s career hits record at the school, in one less season. He also needs just one more double to break his school record set last season, and needs seven more two-baggers to tie UTSA’s Michael Rockett for the Southland Conference doubles record, both in a single-season and career.
- Not only is Dozier atop the league standings in multiple statistical categories, but also outfielder Ricardo Sanchez ranks fourth in the Southland with his .371 batting average. Should the two remain where they are in the league rankings, it would be the first time SFA has had a pair of hitters finish in the top five in the league in batting average.
- Senior right-hander Justin Choate has been key for the Lumberjacks in the past six weeks, rounding out the weekend rotation as a solid Sunday starter for SFA. Since a March 19 start at Rice, Choate is 20- in seven appearances (5 starts), tossing 35.1 innings with a 2.55 ERA, 28 strikeouts to just eight walks while holding hitters to a .259 average in that span.
- With one win on the weekend, SFA will clinch a berth in the Southland Conference Tournamen