'Jacks close out regular season non-conference schedule at No. 4 TCU

'Jacks close out regular season non-conference schedule at No. 4 TCU

SFA Athletics

NACOGDOCHES, TX (Press Release)

LHP Erik Nouis (1-2, 6.55 ERA) vs. RHP Charles King (0-0, 3.24 ERA) or RHP Jake Eissler (3-0, 3.96 ERA)

• In its final non-conference test of the 2017 regular season, the Stephen F. Austin baseball team faces a huge test when it heads north to Fort Worth, Texas, to do battle with No. 4-nationally ranked TCU on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. The 16th meeting between the Lumberjacks and Horned Frogs is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. from Lupton Stadium and will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.

• Heading to the pitcher's mound for SFA will be senior left-hander Erik Nouis. The Houston, Texas, product is set to make his third-straight midweek start for the 'Jacks and is in search of his second win of 2017 in his first-ever matchup against TCU.

• One of the main storylines that continues for the 'Jacks in Fort Worth on Tuesday night is the race between senior teammates Conner Fikes and Nick Ramos to see which one will take over as the program's leader in career hits. Hunter Dozier's 227 hits are the most by a single player in program history, but Fikes and Ramos are fast approaching that mark. Fikes needs 12 more hits to surpass Dozier's program-record hit total and Ramos needs 14 to do so.

• Last weekend in Corpus Christi, Ramos set a new program record and tied another during the 'Jacks' fifth-straight Southland Conference series win. The product of Plano, Texas, became the program's new leader in career at-bats in Saturday's 8-5 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and has racked up 750 in his career. Additionally, his 132 runs scored are tied for the most in a career in program history with Zach Gardner. One more run from Ramos would put him into sole possession of first place.

• By racking up three doubles in SFA's three-game series at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Ramos became just the second SFA player in program history to record 40 career doubles. He joins Hunter Dozier as the only SFA player who has done so.

• On the hill, senior lefty Patrick Ledet picked up his sixth win of the season by racking up a career-high nine strikeouts in six innings of work in SFA's 9-4 series-opening win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Friday night. The Nacogdoches, Texas, product took over sole possession of third place on the program's list of career pitching wins with 15 in his career. He also upped his career strikeout total to 155 - the fourth-most in a career by any SFA hurler.

• Junior slugger Josh Evans has not played the field much in 2017, but his production at the plate has given the 'Jacks one of the best bats in the Southland Conference. Evans, a product of Ponca City, Okla., leads the 13-team league in batting average (.409) and is on a four-game hitting streak. His slugging percentage of .699 ranks second in the Southland Conference and he trails only Zac Michener on the 'Jacks' 2017 home run charts. Michener has mashed eight long balls while Evans has hammered seven of them. 

• SFA is in search of its first victory over a Big 12 program since 2016. Last season, the 'Jacks' captured a 5-4 victory over seventh-ranked Oklahoma State with Tyler Kendrick's game-winning single in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Record vs. TCU | 4-11 (.267)
Streak | TCU won two
In Nacogdoches | 1-3 (.250)
Streak | TCU won three
In Fort Worth | 3-7 (.300)
Streak | TCU won one
Last Game | at TCU 3, SFA 2 (5/17/16)
SFA Runs | PER GAME | 72 | 4.8
TCU Runs | PER GAME | 143  | 9.5
Last TCU Win | May 17, 2016 • 3-2
Last SFA Win | April 10, 2013 • 6-3

• Tuesday night's battle with the Lumberjacks represents the endpoint of a four-game home stand for TCU which started with the Horned Frogs taking two out of three from Big 12 foe Baylor last weekend.

• Speed and power - both at the plate and on the pitching rubber - are some of the hallmarks of the 2017 edition of the Horned Frogs. TCU leads the Big 12 in home runs (37), scoring (7.4 runs/game), stolen bases (69), stolen bases per game (1.82), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.13), WHIP (1.20) and walks allowed per nine innings (3.11)

• Nolan Brown is the Big 12's leader and ranks eighth nationally with 21 stolen bases. His stolen bases per game average of 0.55 also leads the Big 12 and is the ninth-best among all NCAA Division I baseball players.

• Austen Wade leads a foursome of TCU regulars who are batting above .300 with his average of .345 through 37 games. Wade is tops among the Horned Frogs' ranks in hits (50), doubles (10), total bases (74) and extra-base hits (15).

Once their confrontation with the Horned Frogs goes final Tuesday night, the remainder of the 'Jacks' 2017 schedule will be all Southland Conference all the time. The first of four league series left on SFA's docket starts Friday night at Jaycees Field when Southeastern Louisiana comes to Nacogdoches to begin a three-game set with SFA.