SFA Upsets No. 21/27 Alabama In 13 Innings
Feb. 21, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior Ricardo Sanchez delivered Brett Thornell on a sac fly to right field to break up a 1-1 ballgame and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team held on for a 2-1 victory over No. 21/27 Alabama in 13 innings on Friday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
SFA (3-2) picks up its first win over a ranked opponent since the `Jacks knocked off then No. 11 TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on Mar. 30 of the 2011 season.
Sophomore Matthew Dickey went for 4-for-5 in the win, collecting half of the eight SFA hits in what quickly proved to be a pitcher's duel between the two staffs.
Junior Tyler Wiedenfeld (1-0) picked up his first win of the season and as a `Jack in relief of starter Cameron Gann. Wiedenfeld entered the game in the bottom of the eighth and went the next five frames for SFA, as he maintained the 1-1 situation he inherited until the `Jacks found a way to score. The native of Omaha, Neb., scattered four hits and stranded six Crimson Tide (2-2) base runners, while striking out two, before giving way to freshman Patrick Ledet for the final three outs.
Gann went seven innings in the no decision, fanning seven batters, while allowing just four hits in 25 batters faced.
Alabama struck first, taking a 1-0 lead on SFA before Gann settled in. Sophomore Georgie Salem singled up the middle and stole second before scoring one batter later on a single down the right field line from sophomore Mikey White.
The 1-0 lead lasted until the top of the third inning, when senior Zach Marberry drew a 3-1 walk with the bases loaded to tie it up 1-1. Freshman Will Vest opened the frame with a leadoff walk before advancing to third on a sac bunt and a grounder the other way in the infield. With two outs, Crimson Tide starter Spencer Turnbull issued free passes sophomore Joseph Olson and senior Mackenzie Handel to load the bases for Marberry.
There were a combined 11 walks issued by the Alabama staff.
The `Jacks will go for their first series win on Saturday, Feb. 22, in a 2:05 p.m. tilt. SFA will send senior Kyle Cross to the mound opposite the Tide's junior Justin Kamplain.