The Javelina baseball team continues the 2014 campaign with a three-game series against the 13th ranked team in the nation, the Southern Arkansas Muleriders, beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
The Muleriders come into the weekend series with the fourth ranked Javelinas boasting a 3-1 record after one series.
The Muleriders outscored their opening weekend opponents Augustana University by a combined score of 33-18.
Southern Arkansas last season compiled a 42-17 overall record. The Muleriders won the Great American Conference tournament and advanced to the Central Regional tournament and lost to St. Cloud State University.
Second basemen Matt Perez said this weekend’s games will be tough, but with hard work the job will get done.
“We got Southern Arkansas coming in. They are supposed to be a very good program,” Perez said. “We want to go out there and show what we can do, get a couple wins, get moving to our goal and getting to the World Series.”
Leading the Muleriders in batting is Jackson McCurdy.
McCurdy is batting .429 with nine RBI with an on base percentage of .467 and one homerun.
Carver Rademacher and Tyler Cameron are tied for second on the team in batting. Both are hitting .400 respectively. Rademacher has six RBI with one homerun. Cameron enters the weekend series with two RBI and an on base percentage of .400.
Leading the pitching staff for the Muleriders is Preston Grey. Grey leads the team with a 0.00 ERA and is 1-0 with five strikeouts. Grey is the closer for the Muleriders and
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Timothy Buchanan leads the starting pitchers with a 1.29 ERA and is 1-0 on the season. Buchanan has four strikeouts.
Coach Jason Gonzales said bringing in a ranked program will only get this team better for conference play.
“Southern Arkansas will be a tremendous challenge for us this weekend. We try to put our team in the toughest environments early in the season,” Gonzales said. “They are extremely talented and coming off a championship season as well. If you want to be the best, you have to play the best, and they won’t get tougher than Southern Arkansas.”
“Just playing this team this weekend will make us better, win or lose. We will find out exactly where we are after this weekend,” he