Lumberjacks hope to remain on top; Ladyjacks fighting to take second

Catcher Skylar Black (30) swings at a pitch in a 5-4 12-inning loss to Army on March 12. The Lumberjacks will take on University of Houston at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jaycees Field before resuming conference play with a three-game series against Southeastern Louisiana Friday through Sunday. SFA baseball currently sits atop of the SLC standings with a conference record of 7-2.

The Lumberjacks will look to remain at the top of the Southland Conference standings, while the Ladyjacks will try to overtake second place with both teams playing in a non-conference midweek game followed by a weekend conference series.

Softball

The Ladyjacks are coming off a series sweep of the Houston Baptist Huskies last weekend, and they currently sit third in the SLC standings with a 6-3 conference record— one game behind second- place Southeastern Louisiana.

SFA will play Prairie View A&M at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lady Panther Softball Stadium to open this week’s slate of games. PVAMU (18-7; 6-0) is perfect in SWAC play and coming off two-straight sweeps of fellow SWAC counterparts Alcorn State and Jackson State.

PVAMU boasts three players—Diavionne Dewalt (.421), Destinee Williams (.378) and Laurisa Hernandez (.371). Hernandez leads the team in RBIs with 20 followed closely by Williams with 19. The pair also lead the team in home runs with four each.

The Panthers have two pitchers who have sub-three ERAs. Crystal Castillo boasts a 2.20 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP an 8-3 record. Following closely is Ashley Higgins with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Following the PVAMU matchup, SFA will travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Islanders of Texas A&M- Corpus Christi in a weekend three-game series.

TAMUCC ranks 11th in the SLC standings, with a 4-27 overall record and a 1-8 conference record. Their lone conference win came against Houston Baptist on March 8.

The Ladyjacks will play a double header at 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by the final game in the series at noon Saturday.

Baseball

SFA is coming off its first series loss to an SLC opponent this season after losing 2-of-3 games last weekend to the Central Arkansas Bears. However, the Jacks still sit atop the SLC standings with a conference record of 7-2.

The Lumberjacks will battle the University of Houston at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jaycees Field. UH is currently 11-11 on the season and 1-2 in conference after dropping the series to UConn last weekend.

The Cougars are led by Joe Davis who boasts a .333 BA, leading the way in RBIs with 27 and eight home runs. Davis also has a .988 fielding percentage. Following Davis was Jared Triolo with a .267 BA and has shown plate discipline by drawing a team-leading 13 walks.

Houston is led from the mound by Fred Villarreal who has a 1.05 ERA and a perfect 2-0 record. Following closely is Nolan

Bond who has a 2.66 ERA. After the Houston matchup, the Lumberjacks will take on SELA in a three-game series over the

weekend at Jaycees field. The Lions are coming off a series sweep over the Abilene Christian Wildcats. With the sweep of the Wildcats, the Lions have an overall record of 11-12 and a conference record of 4-2 and sit fifth in the SLC standings.

SELA are led by Kyle Schimpf who has a .318 BA, 20 RBIs and two home runs. Cody Grosse follows closely behind with a .309 BA 19 RBIs. Nick Ray leads the team with RBIs and ranks in the top five in the conference with 26.

Corey Gaconi leads the team from the mound with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 1.07. Gaconi has an overall record of 2-2 and 36 strike outs to add to his tally.

The Jacks will start off the series with SELA at 6:30 p.m. Friday,followed by Saturday’s game at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s matchup at 1 p.m. 

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