Ricardo Sanchez went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the first game of the doubleheader
March 1, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin recorded its first series victory of the season as the ‘Jacks took a pair of games from UT-Martin Saturday afternoon at Jaycees Field. The ‘Jacks rallied to score six times in the eighth inning to notch the 10-6 victory in game one, followed by a 1-0 decision in the seven-inning second game of the doubleheader.
With the victories, SFA improves to 6-5 on the season while UT-Martin falls to 1-10.a
SFA once again struck quickly in the opening game of the doubleheader as a double by Mackenzie Handel drove in Ricardo Sanchez, giving SFA the early 1-0 lead.
UT-Martin responded in the top of the fourth to knot the game at 1-1, to which the ‘Jacks answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. SFA loaded the bases with no outs before Conner Fikes drove in a run off a single, followed by a sacrifice fly by Sanchez to score Zach Marberry, giving the ‘Jacks the 3-1 lead.
Following a Skyhawk run in the top of the fifth, Fikes drove in his second run of the game off a sacrifice fly to score Marberry for the second time as the ‘Jacks maintained a two-run lead at 4-2.
UT-Martin’s bats came alive in the top of the seventh, however, as the Skyhawks put four runs on the board, including a three-run homerun. But that was answered in impressive style in the bottom of the eighth as SFA put up six runs in the stanza, led by a two-RBI triple by Gevon Jackson and a two-RBI single by Marberry. The ‘Jacks then shut down the Skyhawks in the ninth to ensure the series victory.
Sanchez went 3-for-3 on the afternoon with an RBI and two runs scored. Marberry was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs and three runs scored as Jackson, Fikes and Dan O’Neill joined him in the 2 RBI club.
Starter Kyle Cross went 6.1 innings allowing four runs (three earned) with six hits and three strikeouts. Fabian Arcizo earned the win, pitching 1.2 innings and allowing a pair of runs with Chris Hassold keeping the Skyhawks scoreless in the ninth.
The second game of the afternoon turned into a pitching and defensive duel as Dillon Mangham went the distance, allowing just two hits with five strikeouts in notching the complete game shutout.
Handel reached base on a walk in the second inning, then two batters later Ramos drove him home with a triple that went over the center fielder’s head. That was all the offense SFA needed as Mangham and the ‘Jacks defense made quick work of the Skyhawks to record the series sweep.
SFA closes out its five-game homestand this Tuesday, playing Arkansas-Little Rock in a game that was postponed from earlier this week. Opening pitch against the Trojans is set for 6:30 p.m. at Jaycees Field.