Lumberjacks Take Season Opener With UTA, 14-9
Feb. 14, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball surged early and held on to win 14-9 in their season opener with Texas Arlington on Friday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
SFA (1-0) jumped out to a 13-0 lead on the Mavericks (0-1) across the first five innings, fueled by multi-hit performances by from seven different `Jacks, who pounded out 20 hits as a team in all.
Freshman Nick Ramos paced SFA collecting four hits in his collegiate debut. The native of Richardson, Texas, finished 4-for-5 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored. Senior Ricardo Sanchez finished 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Matthew Dickey also amassed three hits of his on in a 3-for-5 performance.
Of the four `Jacks to record two hits, senior Mackenzie Handel made the most out of his time with the stick, belting a home run to open the fourth inning, his third of his career. Senior Zach Marberry, sophomore Kyle Thornell and freshman Will Vest also picked up two hits, with all three, along with sophomore Joe Olson, recording a double. SFA hit six doubles in total.
On the mound, junior Cameron Gann (1-0) logged five innings to pick up the win. The `Jack yielded just two run, both earned, while striking out and walking one each. Behind Gann, SFA went to five different relievers out of the pen to the piece the remaining innings together the remaining innings.
The `Jacks scored runs in each of their first five innings, starting with two in the first innings. After Dickey and Sanchez each singled off senior Brad Vachon (0-1), before eventually scoring on a sac fly and wild pitch.
SFA poured on seven more across the second and third before Handel's homer led off the fourth and added three more runs to stake the `Jacks out front 13-0. Despite a late push by UTA in the seventh and eight innings, SFA claimed the 20-11 decision.
The `Jacks will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 15, in an 11:00 a.m. contest with Oklahoma State. SFA will send senior Kyle Cross to the bump opposite OSU's freshman Thomas Hatch.