The SFA Lumberjacks baseball team is set to host the SFA Tournament this weekend which will also serve as the home opener. The Jacks will play the Southern Indiana University-Edwardsville Cougars and the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks. They will play the Cougars at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday and play UT-Arlington at 3 p.m. Sunday. All games will be played at Jaycees Field.
SFA returns home following a 13-4 setback to the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies. Sophomore Kanin Dodge went two for four with an RBI and senior Skylar Black added an RBI.
UT-Arlington is coming off a contest with Dallas Baptist University on Tuesday and a three-game series with Southland Conference foe Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi last weekend. The Mavericks clinched their series with the Islanders by winning game one 7-0 and game two 4-1.
In seven at bats, senior Andrew Miller leads the Mavericks in hits and RBIs with three and six, has one double a home run and a .429 batting average.
The Cougars opened their season last weekend by competing in the Baseball on the Bayou Classic with George Washington University and Nicholls State in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. SIUE is 3-0 and hopes to continue their perfect record on Sunday.
The SFA Ladyjacks softball team will travel to Mobile, Alabama, to play in the Mardi Gras Invitational Tournament from Friday through Sunday. They will play the Jacksonville University Dolphins, the University of Memphis Tigers and the University of South Alabama Jaguars. The Ladyjacks’ home-opener is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday against the University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff.
SFA has compiled a 6-3 record and holds a .667 win percentage. The Ladyjacks played in the Maverick Classic in Arlington last weekend and faced UMKC, Kent State, UT Arlington and Texas Southern. The Ladyjacks went 2-3 by notching wins over Texas Southern 9-0 and Kent State 3-1 and setbacks to UMKC 3-4 and 2-9 and UT Arlington 3-6.
The Dolphins are the first opponent the Jacks will face and have complied a 7-4 overall record. They suffered an 8-0 loss to the No. 8 Florida Gators which snapped a two-game winning streak for JU.
In 35 innings pitched, senior right hander Alyssa Bilodeau leads with a 4-2 record a 2.00 ERA and 44 strikeouts. Sophomore right hander Ashely Whitty follows with a 3-2 record, a 3.19 ERA and 30 strikeouts.
Senior outfielder Kassidy Cross leads the Dolphins in hits with 10. She has also recorded one double, one triple, three RBIs and holds a .345 batting average.
UM will come into the tournament with a 5-5 overall record. Last weekend, they played in the Florida Gulf Coast Classic held in Fort Myers, Florida where they went 2-3.
The Tigers feature four batters who have record at least 10 hits. Leading the way is sophomore Sam Ibison with 14 hits. She also has two doubles, five RBIs and a .389 batting average. She is followed by sophomore Gracie Morton who has 12 hits, three doubles, one triple and a home run and six RBIs. She has a batting average of .353.
On the mound, freshman and Brownwood native Chyanne Ellett has gone 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
The Jaguars hold a 4-6 overall record and are coming off a 6-2 loss to McNeese State. The loss snapped the Jaguars’ four-game winning streak after starting the season 0-5.
South Alabama has three batters with at least 10 hits. MC Nichols leads with 11 and is followed by Amanda Flynn and Kamdyn Kvistad who both have 10.
The Jaguars’ pitching game is led by Jenna Hardy with 23 strikeouts and a 2.43 ERA.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions are 0-9 overall. They come to Nacogdoches after competing in the UCA Michelle Short Memorial Classic in Conway, Arkansas.
Senior Shanice Akins leads the team in both hits and RBIs with nine and four. She holds a team best .429 batting average and has recorded two doubles and a triple. In 21 at bats, she has only struck out once.