SFA Thumps Incarnate Word, 12-5
Feb. 16, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas – Freshman Will Vest knocked two doubles and junior Dillon Mangham tossed five strong innings to fuel the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team to a 12-5 thumping of Incarnate Word on the final day of the UTA Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Vest was one of four SFA (2-1) hitters to pick up a two-bagger against the Cardinals (1-2), joined by seniors Zach Marberry, Mackenzie Handel and sophomore Kyle Thornell. The ‘Jacks plagued the UIW pitching staff for 14 hits, as SFA had five hitters record two hits or more.
Handel’s 3-for-5 afternoon paced SFA, tying his career-high for hits. Senior Brett Thornell, brother Kyle Thornell, sophomore Joseph Olson, Vest and Marberry, each collected a pair of hits. Sophomore Matthew Dickey finished 1-for-6, but picked up three RBI and a run scored on the afternoon, while swiping his second bag of the season.
Mangham (1-0) bounced back after surrendering one run in the bottom of the first, by blanking the Cardinals over his next four innings to pick up the win in his first start. The native of Temple, Texas, finished his with six strikeouts, while scattering seven hits in his Division I debut.
UIW struck first, as senior Slade Brown delivered Blake Woosley from first base on a triple to right field in the bottom of the opening frame, but the ‘Jacks responded with eight runs over their next three times to the plates to stake themselves the a 8-1 lead through four innings.
SFA scored three runs in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth, as the sticks for the ‘Jacks caught fire, sparked by Brett Thornell’s single with one out in the top of the second. After Thornell's single, Vest followed suit with his first double on the afternoon to put runners at the corners, before a walk loaded the bases for a sac fly from senior Ricardo Sanchez to tie it 1-1. Olson then added a single down the left field line to plate the next two in the frame.
The SFA momentum continued in the third with a two RBI single from Dickey, before Marberry, Kyle Thornell and freshman Nick Ramos drove in three more in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
The ‘Jacks will have a quick turnaround, heading to College Station for a night showdown with nationally-ranked Texas A&M. SFA and the Aggies will play at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park with a 6:30 p.m. scheduled first pitch.