SFA Outduels Wichita State, 1-0
March 7, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. – Stephen F. Austin recorded one run in the second inning and that was all the support junior pitcher Cameron Gann needed as SFA notched its fourth-straight victory with a 1-0 win over Wichita State at Eck Field.
The Lumberjacks improve to 7-5 on the season, including 3-3 on the road, and earn their second 1-0 decision in as many games. It also marks SFA’s second victory this season against a team that qualified for the 2013 NCAA tournament (Alabama).
Gann was efficient in his eight innings of work, allowing just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts on 92 pitches. At one stretch, Gann retired 13 consecutive Shocker (7-4) batters and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out the side on nine pitches to help earn his second win of the season.
SFA did all of its offensive damage in the second inning, beginning with a leadoff single by Nick Ramos. After a pair of flyouts, Brett Thornell doubled down the right field line, scoring Ramos from first and giving the ‘Jacks the only run of the game.
The ‘Jacks threatened on two other occasions, stranding a pair of runners on base in the seventh and leaving the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. WSU had four occasions in which the tying run was in scoring position, but SFA thwarted each of the Shockers’ rally attempts.
Ramos (2-for-4) and Thornell (2-for-3) both recorded a pair of hits offensively for SFA, being joined by Ricardo Sanchez who went 2-for-5 on the day.
Tyler Wiedenfeld earned his first save as a ‘Jack, pitching the ninth inning and allowing just one hit. It preserved SFA’s fourth-straight victory, the longest winning streak for the ‘Jacks since a five-game run in 2013, which included wins over Oral Roberts, TCU and McNeese State.
The second game of the three-game series takes place Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. as senior Kyle Cross is expected to get the start for the ‘Jacks.