SFA Falls 5-4 in Delayed 13 Inning Tilt
March 16, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – McNeese State notched an RBI in the top of the 13th and the Stephen F. Austin bats went silent as SFA falls to the Cowboys 5-4 in the second game of the three-game Southland Conference opening series.
SFA and McNeese resumed the game, which started Saturday at noon, in the bottom of the 10th inning after rains forced the game to be halted. The ‘Jacks (8-8, 1-1) failed to muster a hit over the final four innings and had just one base runner.
McNeese State gradually built a 4-1 lead over the ‘Jacks through six innings with a solo homerun by Mackenzie Handel in the second the only run for SFA. But the Lumberjacks broke free for three runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Joseph Olson and Handel and an RBI single from Nick Ramos.
SFA had a chance to take the lead in the seventh with runners at the corners and nobody out, but a pair of strikeouts led to a fly-out to left, ending the threat. Both teams had their chances to end the game with McNeese leaving 15 runners on base, compared to SFA’s four.
The ‘Jacks mustered nine hits on the day, but only one past the seventh inning. Handel led the way for SFA going 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Seven other ‘Jacks notched a hit with Olson and Ramos picking up the other RBIs.
SFA used five different pitchers on the day with Dillon Mangham picking up the loss, pitching the final three innings and allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Starter Kyle Cross went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts. Tyler Wiedenfeld had an impressive outing for the ‘Jacks, allowing three hits with no runs and four strikeouts over 3.2 innings.