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    `Jacks To Close Season At HBU
    Junior Dillon Mangham and SFA will play Houston Baptist on the road in a three-game series to close out the season.
    Junior Dillon Mangham and SFA will play Houston Baptist on the road in a three-game series to close out the season.

    May 14, 2014

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    Stephen F. Austin (18-34, 9-18 SLC) at Houston Baptist (22-26, 11-16 SLC)
    Thursday, May 15 (2:00 p.m.) • Live Stats | Audio
    Friday, May 16 (1:00 p.m.) • Live Stats | Audio
    Saturday, May 17 (2:00 p.m.) • Live Stats | Audio
    Husky Field - Houston, Texas 

    Opening Pitch
    • The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team will close out their five-game road swing and season, with a three-game Southland Conference series at Houston Baptist beginning Thursday. SFA will play the Huskies at Husky Field in a 2:00 p.m. first pitch in the series opener, followed by tilts at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
    • The `Jacks enter the series at 18-34 overall and 9-18 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA went 1-2 with Nicholls State to close out its home schedule. The `Jacks most recently made a visit to Nebraska in the midweek, falling 10-8 to Creighton and 10-4 to Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday. SFA will look to close the season on a high note, having won just three of its last 22 games.
    • SFA will start junior Dillon Mangham (6-5) on Thursday and senior Kevin Bishop (1-7) on Friday, with a pitcher to be determined on Saturday. The `Jacks will see junior Taylor Wright (2-9), senior Ryan Lower (6-3) and junior Curtis Jones (4-4) on the mound for HBU across the series.

    Players of Note
    • Heading into the weekend, senior Mackenzie Handel will try and close the season strong at the plate, leading both the team and conference in several offensive categories. Having started in every game, Handel is currently tied for the league lead in homeruns (10) and tied for second in RBI (42). The native of Chandler, Ariz., ranks third in the conference in walks (34), fourth slugging percentage (.516) and sixth in total bases (98). Handel also leads the team in batting average (.305), sitting second in hits (58), runs (29) and doubles (10). Handel's homer mark is tied for 26th in the nation.
    • Senior Zach Marberry is tied for the SLC lead with 16 doubles, owning a .267/.420/.359 split.
    • Last Sunday's game against NICH served as Senior Day for nine `Jacks - Kevin BishopKyle CrossRick CruzMackenzie HandelJustin HunsakerGevon JacksonZach MarberryRicardo Sanchez and Brett Thornell. Junior Fabian Arcizo, who missed the 2013 season due to injury, also participated in the ceremony.

    Scouting Houston Baptist
    • The Huskies enter the week 22-26 overall and 11-16 in SLC play, having dropped their last four games, most recently being swept at home by Sam Houston State. HBU, currently one spot ahead of SFA in 10th place in conference standings, lead the league and rank 30th in the nation with a .295 team batting average. The Huskies have four starters hitting over .300 on the season, led by junior Curtis Jones (.363), this weekend's Saturday starter. The two-way player, leads the SLC in hits (77), ranking fourth in batting average and 10th in innings pitched (86.0). Jones is also the team leader in hits (77), runs (32) and at bats (212), while holding a 3.35 ERA and tossing two complete games in 12 starts.

    The Last Meeting
    Houston Baptist4
    May 7, 2013
    Houston, Texas
    Huskies Get 4-3 Win Over SFA
    Houston Baptist capitalized on a pair of two-run innings and held on for a 4-3 win over Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at Husky Field in the final midweek game of the year for the Lumberjacks.

    Versus The Opponent
    • Thursday's game with HBU will mark the 19th meeting between the two teams since the 1993 season, with the `Jacks holding a 12-6 advantage. SFA has struggled in recent tilts with the Huskies, having dropped the last three meetings over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The `Jacks last beat HBU in 2011, winning 13-1 in a seven-inning run-rule, the final victory of a 10-game win streak against the Huskies which dated back to 2008, the first meeting since the 1994 season.

    The Last Time Out 
    • SFA dropped two games on Tuesday, falling 10-8 to Creighton before dropping a 10-4 decision to Nebraska-Omaha to close out the team's non-conference schedule. Junior Dan O'Neill went 3-for-5 (.600) across the two games, collecting two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Brothers Kyle Thornell and Brett Thornell also turned in strong performances across the two games. Kyle Thornell finished 4-for-7 (.571) with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs scored, while Brett Thornell was 3-for-7 (.429) with a double, four RBI and three runs scored.