May 18, 2011
SFA Game Notes
NACOGDOCHES - Coming off a home sweep of UT Arlington over the weekend, and now in much better position in the Southland Conference standings, the Lamar University baseball team will look to close the 2011 regular season on a high note as the Cardinals begin their three-game series at Stephen F. Austin's Jaycee Field on Thursday afternoon at 3.
Lamar (28-23) enters the final weekend of play in a three-way tie for sixth place in the SLC standings with a 14-16 record, with the top eight teams advancing to next week's SLC Tournament in San Marcos. Two wins over the Lumberjacks would guarantee a spot in the tournament, but LU could also get in without winning a game this week depending on the outcomes of other series.
SFA is currently in second in the SLC race with a 32-20 overall record and an 18-12 conference mark. The Jacks lead both Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana by one game, so this final home series will also determine whether or not they remain in second or fall as low as fifth. Texas State has already clinched the regular season title.
LU head coach Jim Gilligan, who won his 1,200th game earlier this season, will look to senior ace Blake Ford to pitch game one. Ford is coming off a complete-game victory over UTA last Friday and now stands at 6-3 on the year with a 3.58 earned run average.
SFA will counter with senior left-hander Tyler Herriage on Thursday. After posting an 8-4 record and a 2.89 ERA last season, Herriage has struggled to a 2-5 mark and a 5.23 ERA this year.
Lamar has dominated the all-time series with the Jacks by a 45-9 margin. However, SFA took two-of-three in the final regular season series in Beaumont last year.
The Cardinals are coming off an impressive hitting weekend against UTA, batting .384 as a team with 29 runs scored. Senior Ted Zentek, who was named SLC Hitter of the Week on Monday, led the hit parade with a .667 batting average and seven runs batted in. For the season, Zentek is hitting .333 with 27 runs driven in.
Junior Jeff Abt is batting .500 in the month of May and now leads the team in hitting at .341. A native of Spring, Texas, Abt also leads the team with four triples and 38 RBI. Senior first baseman Wade Mathis is hitting .328 and is right behind Abt in RBI with 36.
SFA is second in the SLC in team batting average at .302, with junior outfielder Bryson Myles leading the way. Myles leads the conference in batting average at .412, good enough for 13th in the country.