Late Rally Falls Short Against Dallas Baptist
March 12, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack baseball team rallied from down 4-0, to make it a one-run game going into the ninth, before falling 5-3 to Dallas Baptist Tuesday night at Jaycees Field.
SFA (7-8) was unable to capitalize on two walked batters in the bottom of the ninth, stranding the tying run on second, as Paul Voelker picked up his first save of the season for DBU (9-8).
Jackson Hood led the ‘Jacks at the plate finishing two-for-four with a pair of singles. Hood was the lone SFA batter to record a multi-hit game, as the ‘Jacks were held to six hits by starter Cody Beam (1-0) and three relievers. Max Lamantia finished one-for-for with a double and run scored, while Hunter Dozier, Mackenzie Handel and Ricardo Sanchez each picked up singles in the loss.
Justin Choate (1-2) took his second loss of the season, surrendering four runs on eight hits across six innings. The Hooks, Texas, native recorded a career-high seven strikeouts while issuing just one free pass on the mound. Relievers Cass Ingvardsen and Brett Higginbotham combined to pitch the final three innings against the Patriots.
DBU opened the game with singles from Jaime Garrido and Ronnie Mitchell, before both advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Following an infield pop out, Garrido came in to score for the Patriots on another wild pitch to take an early 1-0 lead.
Michael Miller added another run for DBU their next time to the plate, homering over the left center with one out in the top of the second to make it 2-0.
After three silent innings from wither team, Miller again homered, this time down the left field line, to make it 5-0 in favor of the Patriots. The home run plated Austin Listi, who walked one batter earlier.
SFA would respond in the bottom of the frame on a RBI groundout from Freddy Villalobos that scored Brett Thornell. Both Thornell and Hood reached base safely, with Thornell drawing a walk and Hood singling to left field, to open the bottom frame before advancing into scoring position on a wild pitch to Villalobos.
The ‘Jacks continued to chip away at the lead, adding runs in the seventh and eighth inning to cut the deficit to one going into the ninth, before allowing a bases loaded walk in the top of the frame. Lamantia doubled to right center before coming in on Sanchez single up the middle in the seventh, while Hood scored on Handel single to right field in the eighth.
SFA will quickly retake the field, hosting the conclusion of a home-and-home series against Grambling St. Wednesday, Mar. 13, at Jaycees Field. Kevin Bishop will take the mound for the ‘Jacks against a Tiger starter to be announced. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.