Lumberjacks, Ladyjacks aim to regain momentum

Sophomore Brittany Crawford swings during a 4-1 loss at the hands of Lamar in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Ladyjacks will be back in action when they face off against Texas Southern at 3 p.m. Wednesday and Incarnate Word in a three- game series.

SFA baseball and softball have several games this week as the Lumberjacks face the Sam Houston State University Bearkats in a three-game series. The Ladyjacks play Texas Southern University before turning their attention to a three-game series against University of the Incarnate Word.

Lumberjacks

The Lumberjacks are playing their fifth Southland Conference series against rivals, SHSU, after coming off five non-conference games against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, UC Santa Barbara and Grambling State. SFA baseball will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games will be at Jaycees field.

The Lumberjacks are tied for third place in the SLC with Southeastern Louisiana. SFA has a 14-18 overall record, an 8-4 conference record and a .667 winning percentage. SHSU is No.1 in the SLC with a 12-3 conference record.

It was another difficult week for the Lumberjacks. They lost to UAPB 6-4 on Wednesday and lost their weekend series against UC Santa Barbara. Saturday’s game went on for 11 innings after UCSB scored in the ninth inning to tie the game. SFA lost the game after the Gauchos scored five runs in the 11th.

The Bearkats have a three-game winning streak after defeating Lamar in their three-game series last weekend. Colton Cowser has a .385 BA for the Bearkats. This season, he has had three home runs and 33 RBI. Cowser also has a .939 fielding percentage. He contributed with a total of five RBIs against Lamar.

SHSU pitcher Hayden Wesneski has pitched 57.2 innings this season and has a 2.97 ERA and has 74 strikeouts. At Friday’s game, Wesneski had three earned runs and 10 strikeouts in his six innings pitched.

Ladyjacks

The Ladyjacks are scheduled to play Texas Southern University on at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Houston and will play a doubleheader against UIW at noon and 2 p.m. on Friday, and the third game at noon on Saturday in San Antonio.

SFA softball is tied for sixth place in the SLC with Northwestern State. The Ladyjacks have a 23-16 overall record, a 9-6 conference record and a .600 winning percentage. TSU is first in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 10-0 conference record and a six-game winning streak.

The Ladyjacks lost their three- game series against Lamar. They lost in eight innings in their first game on Friday, but were able to win 3-2 in eight innings on Saturday. Texas Southern comes off two wins against Grambling State and will play the University of Incarnate Word on Tuesday.

Marissa Padron leads TSU with a .397 BA, two home runs, 13 RBI and a .977 fielding percentage. Right behind her is Lauryn Banks with a .286 BA, three home runs, 13 RBI and a .969 fielding percentage. Naomi Reyes has pitched 59 innings for TSU this season, has a 2.61 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

University of the Incarnate Word is ranked No.11 in the SLC. They have a 4-27 overall record, a 2-10 conference record and a four-game losing streak. In their last three-game series, they lost to Southeastern Louisiana 3-15, 15-21 and 0-18.

They have won one series this season, which was against Abilene Christian University, that is ranked last in the SLC. Hope Sobolewski leads the Cardinals with a .305 BA, five home runs and 20 RBI. Shelby Neatherlin has also had a successful season with a .264 BA, four home runs, 13 RBI and a .925 fielding percentage.

Brett Coleman has pitched 90.2 innings for UIW. She has a 5.5.6 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 47 strikeouts. The Ladyjacks are less than one month away from the SLC tournament on May 7.

After playing the Bearkats, the Lumberjacks will play Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on April 18-20, and the Ladyjacks will play against ACU on April 19-20.

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