Dec. 11, 2006
NACOGDOCHES - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team will once again face a tough schedule as head coach Donnie Watson unveiled the 2007 slate Monday morning. The 'Jacks' docket is highlighted with games against teams from the Big 12, the Sun Belt, the Big Ten, and C-USA, to name a few. The schedule also includes four first-time opponents plus two teams the 'Jacks have not faced since the return of baseball to SFA.
The Lumberjacks will begin their sophomore season on a 10-game road trip, starting with a three-game series at Texas Tech, the weekend of February 2-4. The Red Raiders will be the first of three teams from the Big 12 to face SFA. After the series at Tech, SFA will head to Houston to face the Cougars in the first of a home-and-home series. The 'Jacks will then travel to battle ex-Southland Conference foe, Louisiana-Monroe, who is in its first season in the Sun Belt. For the second straight season, SFA will play Baylor in Waco for a three-game series from February 16-18 before heading back to Nacogdoches to open its home slate on February 20.
The Lumberjacks' home-opener will be against the Centenary Gents in a weekday match-up. Three days later, Youngstown State will head to Nacogdoches for the first home series the weekend of February 23-25.
SFA will open the month of March at a tournament at Texas-Pan American, where it will meet SLC rival, Texas-San Antonio in non-conference action, Illinois and the UTPA Broncs. The Broncs will then head north for a three-game series against the 'Jacks in Nacogdoches March 9-11.
After completing the home-and-home series with Centenary on March 13, SFA will open its conference schedule in Hammond, La., against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions, starting March 16. SFA will then return home for its longest home stand of the season. The seven-game home streak will start with a three-game series against the Lamar Cardinals March 23-25 and end with a three-game set against Central Arkansas March 30 - April 1. A weekday game against Dallas Baptist on March 28 will be sandwiched between the series.
SFA will then head to Natchitoches, La., to face Northwestern State April 5-7 before heading home to battle Houston April 10. That will be followed by a road trip to Corpus Christi to open a three-game set April 13 against the Islanders, who are in their first season in the SLC. SFA will head to Dallas to face Dallas Baptist in a midweek match-up April 17.
On April 20, Texas-San Antonio will be in Nacogdoches before the Lumberjacks head to College Station for a single game against Texas A&M April 24. After a three-game home stand against Nicholls State April 27-29, SFA will hit the road for six straight to open the month of May, three at Texas State and three at Texas-Arlington.
SFA will close out the season with a three-game series against East Texas rival, Sam Houston State May 17-19.
Now that there are 12 schools in the Southland Conference with the addition of A&M-Corpus Christi and Central Arkansas, the league has implemented a divisional format. SFA will be in the West Division with Texas State, UTSA, TAMUCC, UTA, and Sam Houston State while Lamar, UCA, McNeese State, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State make up the East Division. In order to keep the 30-game conference slate with the addition of the Islanders and the Bears, each league school will not face one conference member, hence SFA will not play the 2006 SLC regular season champion McNeese State Cowboys.
All of the Lumberjacks home games will be played at Jaycees Field at the Nacogdoches Baseball Complex.