No. 18 Oklahoma State Edges SFA, 3-1
Feb. 15, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team was held to just two hits in a 3-1 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma State in the UTA Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
OSU (2-0) freshman Thomas Hatch (1-0) went six innings in the start, fanning eight ‘Jacks (1-1), while scattering the two hits to earn his first win of the season. Senior Kyle Cross (0-1) took the loss, yielding two runs, both earned, in five innings on the mound.
The Cowboys struck early, taking a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. After a flyout to open the game, OSU sophomore Donnie Walton singled to center field, before scoring two batters later on a double to the left-center gap from junior Zach Fish.
The ‘Jacks answered in the bottom frame with a run of their own however to make it 1-1 courtesy of a sacrifice fly from sophomore Joseph Olson. Dickey quickly got things started for SFA, singling through the left side and swiping second base. Senior Ricardo Sanchez advanced Dickey to third with a grounder the other way, before Olson plated the lone run for the ‘Jacks.
The stalemate spanned the second inning, as both of play starters retired the side for the opposition, before the Cowboys broke the tie in the top of the third and added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to take the 3-1 final.
SFA will close its play in the UTA invitational with another 11:00 a.m. tilt, this time will new Southland Conference opponent Incarante Word, on Sunday, Feb. 16. The ‘Jacks will pit junior lefty Dillon Mangham against Cardinals’ sophomore righty Geno Encina.