Early Runs Cost `Jacks in San Antonio
March 1, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team was held to two runs by the Penn State Nittany Lions pitching staff in a 4-2 loss Friday afternoon on day one of the UTSA Classic at Wolff Stadium.
SFA (2-5) was held to six hits in the loss. Hunter Dozier became the school's all-time leader with his 37th career double as part of a two-hit performance. The Denton, Texas, native was the only `Jack batter to record a multi-hit performance in the game. Dozier finished two-for-four with a double, single, RBI and stolen base, his seventh of the season. Jackson Hood and Freddy Villalobos also doubled in the loss. Hood finished one-for-three with a RBI, while Villalobos was one-for-four with a run scored.
Chase Greening (0-1) took his first loss of the season, surrendering three runs (all earned) on seven hits across five innings. The Lufkin, Texas, native finished with a walk and pair of strikeouts in the decision.
The Lions got on the board quickly with a two-run home run over the left field wall from J.C. Coban with two outs. The homer brought in J.J. White, who was hit by a pitch one batter earlier.
SFA would threaten with one runner in scoring position in their first trip to the plate, but David Walkling (1-0) was able to escape unscathed. With two outs, junior Hunter Dozier doubled to the left center gap to claim the all-time honor, before Mackenzie Handel popped out to third base to end the inning.
Following a scoreless second from either team, the Lions added one run in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead. With one out, PSU recorded three consecutive singles from Steve Snyder, Taylor Skerpon and White to increase the team lead to three.
Greening worked around two hits and a walk to hold the Lions scoreless in the fourth, as the `Jacks cracked into the run column in the bottom of the inning. Senior Jordan Lenaburg reached base to open the frame on a throwing error, before junior Zach Marberry singled in the infield one batter. Lenaburg came around from second on a double to the left center gap from Hood to make it 1-0. Despite loading the bases one batter later, SFA was unable to push any more across as Thornell grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Reliever Matt Mundkowsky did his part, holding PSU scoreless across three innings, yielding one hit recording five strikeouts, before the `Jacks scored again. In the bottom of the eighth, Villalobos double down the left field line, before advancing to third on a balk from Lion reliever Jack Anderson. Villalobos scored on groundout to second base from Dozier to make it 3-2.
PSU added one run in the top of the ninth on a solo home from Aaron Novak to arrive at the 4-2 final. The homer from the inning leadoff man was his third hit of the season.
SFA has two more games left in the tournament. The `Jacks will play Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at 2 p.m., before a 4 p.m. showdown with tournament host Texas-San Antonio Sunday.