SFA Drops Pair At Wichita State
March 9, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team dropped a pair of games on Sunday at Wichita State to fall 2-1 in the series at Eck Stadium.
SFA (7-7), due to cold weather, played a doubleheader on Sunday after postponing Saturday's game with the Shockers (9-4). The `Jacks were unable to pull off the comeback, falling 4-3 in game one, before dropping a 6-0 decision to WSU in the series finale.
SFA was led at the plate by freshman Nick Ramos, who finished 4-for-8 across the two games.
In the first game of the doubleheader, the `Jacks scored first with one run in the second inning. Ramos singled up the middle with one out and scored one batter later on a triple to right-centerfield from sophomore Kyle Thornell.
SFA added one unearned run in the top of the fourth on an infield error, before the Shockers responded with a three-run sixth to take a 3-2 lead. WSU took advantage on an infield error by the `Jacks to score a unearned run of its own on a single to right field, before plating two more on a homer to left field.
The Shockers tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, after a leadoff walk and wild pitch advanced the runner to scoring position, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
Ramos singled through the left side to open the ninth and advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on a Brett Thornell single to right center. With two outs freshman Conner Fikes hit a pinch-hit single to put the go-ahead run on base, but WSU closer Foster Vielock struck out sophomore Matthew Dickey to end the game.
The momentum carried over for the Shockers into the series finale.
After a scoreless frame from both teams to open it up, WSU's Micah Green doubled down the left field line and advanced to third base on a sac bunt, before scoring on a base hit to left field. The early run proved to be the game-winner for the Shockers, who added five more runs the rest of the way while keeping SFA at bay.
The `Jacks, with no midweek game in the middle, will be back in action on Friday, Mar. 14, opening Southland Conference play. SFA will begin conference action hosting McNeese State at Jaycees Field.