NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin baseball team looks to rebound from a rough weekend with two midweek home matches: Tuesday against Houston Christian University and Wednesday against Grambling State University.
Stephen F. Austin vs Houston Christian University
Tuesday, May 2nd / 6:30 p.m. / Jaycees Field
Stephen F. Austin vs Grambling State University
Wednesday, May 3rd / 6:30 p.m. / Jaycees Field
A Look at the Lumberjacks
The Lumberjacks are coming off their worst series of the season, being outscored 46-10 in a three-game series with Sam Houston. After the conclusion of the weekend, the SFA team is 19-22 and 11-13 in the WAC, ninth in the conference standings. Look for the Lumberjacks to respond back this week as they look to shift their momentum.
Although struggling at the plate this past weekend, the Lumberjacks still have six batters with at least a .300 batting average and a .800 OPS. Alex Rodgers continues to hold the top spot at .363 and 1.058. Rodgers has reached base safely once in each of the last 23 games.
A tough weekend on the mound has brought the pitching staff’s ERA to 8.04 with opposing teams batting .326 against the ‘Jacks.
A Look at the Huskies
The Huskies enter the week with a 9-30 record, 2-20 in away games. The Huskies and Lumberjacks met earlier in the season as their game went into an instant classic shootout with the ‘Jacks coming out on top 21-14 in the 15th inning.
HCU is coming off a three-game series with Texas A&M – Corpus Christi where they took one of three games. In their last nine games, the Huskies are 1-8.
Reed Chumley and Samuel Benjamin lead the Huskies’ offense as both record around a .360 average and a 1.000 OPS. Chumley and Benjamin are the top two in nearly every offensive category including: runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, total bases, and the afore mentioned batting average and OPS. Chumley is 8-for-16 in his last four games with two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored.
The HCU arms have seen the same struggles as SFA as their ERA comes in at 8.71 with opponents hitting .319 against them.
A Look at the Tigers
GSU comes into Jaycees Field with an even 21-21 record and an 8-10 road record. The Tigers just closed a weekend series with Prairie View A&M where they took the last two games to win the series. GSU has won five of their last six games.
The Tigers are ranked top 25 in the nation in the following categories: base on balls (walks) – 20th, on-base percentage – 22nd, sacrifice bunts – 23rd, stolen bases – 15th, triples – 16th.
Keylon Mack is one of the offensive sluggers for the Tigers, leading the team in batting average – .362, OPS – 1.164, and doubles – 15. Mack is one of six Tigers to have a .300 average and one of four to have a 1.000 OPS.
Trevor Hatton is one of the top hitters in the nation as he leads the team in extra base hits with 27: 11 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs. Hatton has 67 RBIs this season which puts him fourth in the nation in RBIs per game with 1.61. He’s also a major threat on the base paths, as he has stolen 20 bases this season on 23 attempts. Hatton is 3-for-5 in each of the last two games and has collected nine RBIs in those matches.
Lorenzo Petersen (4.97 ERA) and Connor Rudy (6.09 ERA) have made up majority of the Tigers starts this season and have combined for a 9-6 record on the mound.