April 12 • 6:30 pm CT • Nacogdoches • Jaycees Field
Sam Houston State (20-10, 12-3 Southland) at Stephen F. Austin (15-19, 8-4 Southland)
GAME 1: Live Stats • WATCH • @BearkatsBSB on Twitter
GAME 2: Live Stats • WATCH • @BearkatsBSB on Twitter
GAME 3: Live Stats • WATCH • @BearkatsBSB on Twitter
HUNTSVILLE – Midway through the Southland Conference schedule, the Sam Houston State Bearkats are in a familiar spot at the top of the league standings.
But the script begins to flip this weekend when the Kats head to Nacogdoches for a three-game series at Piney Woods rival Stephen F. Austin, beginning Friday night at Jaycees Field.
Each game can be followed via live stats or by following @BearkatsBSB on Twitter. A live stream of the games will be available on the @SFA_Baseball Twitter feed.
The Kats have won each of their first five league series, most recently sweeping their way past Lamar last weekend, but each of their five remaining series are against opponents currently ranked in the top half of the league. That starts Friday with the Lumberjacks, who find themselves in the mix thanks in large part to a 7-0 start to SLC play.
They have since cooled off, dropping four of their last five SLC games to Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana. They are coming off of their off-weekend in league play where they went west to take on No. 19 UC Santa Barbara, falling in all three games to the nationally-ranked Gauchos.
The Bearkat offense, which is hitting .306 for the season and sports seven regulars hitting better than .300, will have their hands full against an SFA pitching staff that is carrying a 3.14 ERA in SLC-only games. Right-handed pitcher Alex Palmer has been huge for the ‘Jacks in 2019 and in four SLC starts is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 28 strikeouts.
Palmer will likely be opposed on Friday by Bearkat ace Hayden Wesneski who has been the best in the SLC in 2019 with a 5-0 record and 74 strikeouts in 57.2 innings this year. Offensively the ‘Jacks are led by true freshman Brandon Uhse who has a team-high .295 batting average.
For the Kats, Jordan Cannon enters the weekend currently ranked second in the SLC with a .398 average, while reigning SLC Hitter of the Week Jack Rogers is carrying a 7-game hit streak into the weekend. During that span he has hit .444 (12-for-27) with 10 RBI and has homered in three of his last four games.
Sam Houston will be in search of its first series win in Nacogdoches since 2013.