This week, the Lumberjacks will head southwest for a bout against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi to face off in a three-game series Thursday through Saturday in hopes of climbing in the Southland standings.
The last time the Lumberjacks played, they went against Sam Houston State in a three- game series. The Jacks lost 2-4 in a defensive battle in the first game of the series on Friday. SFA went 9-for-34 on at-bats to hits. Center fielder Nick Daley and Sean Moore were the only Jacks to score a run. Manny Vasquez was hit by a pitch once, but the show went to the Bearkats Hayden Wesneski as his pitching dominated SFA’s batters.
The second and third game of the series were made a doubleheader on Sunday due to torrential rain on Saturday. In the second game of the series, the bats got going for the Jacks with 12 runs on 15 hits to earn the 12-7 win to split the series. However, the Bearkats won the decisive game three, 6-3, by out- hitting the Jacks 12-to-7.
The Lumberjacks are currently 9-6 in conference and 16-21 on the season. The Lumberjacks currently sit in the fourt spot in the Southland Conference standings, just above TAMUCC’s 10-8 record on the conference and 24-15 on the season.
Vasquez has been a bright spot in the team’s last game, and the team will need him and all the help they can from Alex Palmer to win against The Islanders. Both teams have lost their last series and hope to rebound in the series.
Brandon Uhse has been on a tear lately, accumulating seven hits in the series against the Bearkats. Uhse leads the team with a .315 batting average, and sits fourth in the team in RBIs behind Sean Moore with 22, Vasquez with 19 and Jordan Monacy with 16.
The Islanders are looking to get their pitcher Leo Perez out of the slump against Lamar.
SFA’s biggest threat is Enrique Sanchez Jr., as he has been on a monster tear at the plate despite the team’s struggles. Both teams have struggled at the plate in their last couple of series, but hope for a change in this next series against each other.
This series will go down to which team can get out of a batting slump, or at least hit enough to pull away quickly as both teams have gone for a poor percentage on the plates.
The series will kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by Friday’s game at 4 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 p.m. After the series, SFA will turn its attention the game against Baylor on Tuesday.