No. 21/27 Alabama Escapes SFA In Extras
Feb. 23, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – For the second time in three days the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team took No. 21/27 Alabama into extra innings, but junior Wade Wass singled through the left side to deliver the game-winning run for the Crimson Tide (4-2) in a 3-2, 10-inning decision on Sunday afternoon at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama, after a leadoff fly out in the bottom of the tenth inning, got singles from sophomores Kyle Overstreet and Ryan Blanchard, before Wass pinch hit and drove in the winning run.
SFA (3-4) starter Dillon Mangham went the distance for the ‘Jacks in regulation, surrendering just two runs (one earned) in nine innings pitched. The native of Temple, Texas, scattered eight hits, while recording six strikeouts and three walks in the no decision. Mangham faced the minimum, three batters, in three of his nine innings and four hitters in three other innings on the afternoon.
Senior Kevin Bishop (0-2) was saddled with the loss, surrendering the final run of the ball game, recording just one out in the bottom of the tenth.
Sophomore Joseph Olson was the only SFA batter to record a multi-hit performance, collecting two of the team’s sevens hits. The native of Waco, Texas, finished 2-for-4 with two singles.
Handel delivered the first run for the ‘Jacks on a groundout in the infield in the top of the fourth to give SFA a 1-0 lead. Senior Ricardo Sanchez opened the top of the frame advancing to second on a two-base error in the outfield, before moving up to third on a sac bunt from Olson.
After the Tide answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, Marberry regave the ‘Jacks a one-run edge in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Matthew Dickey, Sanchez and Olson, each singled to open the inning before Marberry drew a five-pitch walk from Alabama reliever Jon Keller (2-0).
The Tide answered with a two-out home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning, followed by a scoreless ninth, to send the game into extras.
SFA will now return to Nacogdoches for its home opener with Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. to begin a five-game homestand at Jaycees Field. The ‘Jacks will also welcome nationally ranked Texas Tech on Thursday, Feb. 27, before beginning a three-game series with Tennessee-Martin (Feb. 28-Mar.2).